Papua New Guinea Scuba Diving Photos

 
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Papua New Guinea is considered by many to be one of the best diving locations in the world. Large coral reefs surround the entire country, and tourism has developed around the amazing diving, snorkeling, and fishing opportunities the reefs offer.  
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Papua is a diver's dream: An undersea landscape offers endless opportunities for exploration—including reefs, undersea caves, fjords, and WWII wrecks—as well as colorful and unique sea life.  
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Papua New Guinea has a well-developed tourism industry catering to divers and snorkelers. Madang Province is the most popular diving destination in the country; its coast is dotted with small islands and atolls, like Paradise Island (pictured). Snorkelers can enjoy the incredible visibility among the coral gardens in the area.  
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A sea turtle makes its way along a reef near the island of New Britain. There are 13 different turtle species in Papua New Guinea, including the endangered leatherback turtle.  
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Visitors will find all levels of diving accommodations. In some locations, divers will need to arrive with their own gear, but in popular spots, like Madang, companies offer diving packages that include airfare, accommodations, equipment, and boat fees.  
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A diver explores the wreckage of a plane near the city of Rabaul, the former capital of the island province of New Britain. The coral reefs and wrecks outside Rabaul's harbor have great visibility, but the last major volcanic eruption in 1994 buried many of the wrecks in Rabaul's harbor, and some of these have only recently started to clear for diving again. During WWII, many battles took place in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea, and dives to wrecks can be arranged from dive locations anywhere in the country.  
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A small fish hides among the coral. Papua New Guinea is known for having an array of unique plants and animals—both on land and in its waters.  
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A diver watches a shoal of red snappers swim by. Fish aren't the only marine life divers will encounter, as sharks also live among the reefs.  
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The province of Milne Bay, with its 160 named islands and 500 cays and atolls, is a great diving and snorkeling destination. The reefs here are known for dramatic drop-offs and overhangs. On Kiriwana, the largest island in the Trobriands, village children are known to give snorkelers rides out to the lagoon reef in their fishing canoes. Snorkelers and divers should bring their own equipment.  
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Along with unique and abundant marine life, warm waters and the incredibly clear visibility along the reefs make Papua a can't-miss diving destination.  
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