While often overlooked by divers passing through on their way to Milne Bay or Kimbe Bay; on the contrary to what one might expect, there is some real quality diving just off Port Moresby.
Diving Port Moresby has a distinctly “local” flavour as there is a strong following from the large expat community based in the capital that regularly enjoys the 29+ dive sites the location offers. Some of the best dive sites are concentrated along the offshore and sunken barrier reefs; many of which can be absolutely stunning in the right conditions.
Loloata Island Resort in Bootless Bay has a strong reputation with the international dive community because of the previous dive resort which operated on the island for almost 40 years.
The redeveloped resort boasts several dive sites less than a 30 minute boat ride away, fully equipped dive shop facilities, fast dive boats, an experienced team of dedicated instructors and dive guides providing a high standard of service to ensure each dive is truly memorable.
A selection of PADI Dive Courses are available - Learning to dive or upgrading your current certification and skills was never easier.
Hot tip: Loloata is a great place to see and photograph the quite rare and very beautiful Rhinopias
Late December until early April is the wet season:
The sea is usually relatively calm, but the visibility declines through the wet season.
Late April until late May is the doldrums:
The sea is usually calm and the visibility begins to improve.
Early June until early October is the dry season:
Southeast trade winds blow at this time, making the sea sometimes quite choppy, the visibility is quite good.
Late October until early December is the doldrums again:
This best diving season, with calm seas and good visibility.
Water temperature ranges from 25 degrees C (76 degrees F) in August and September up to 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) in March and April Divers are advised to wear Lycra suits to prevent sunburn and stings. During the cooler months a 3mm wetsuit or thicker is recommended. Even during bad weather, some dive sites are still accessible.