I have to say that when anyone asks me "where is your favorite place to dive?" I hesitate only a second. Although I love Lembeh Strait and its incredible muck diving, my heart belongs to PNG. I have to say I`ve spent a lot of time there. I am lucky enough to know people who make a one month a year stay possible. I prefer the diving off New Britain Island and the Witu Islands over any other place I`ve dived there. The biodiversity is beyond belief.
I only go the liveaboard route in PNG as land based is just too limited. I`ve been on the FeBrina and the Stardancer, as they ply the waters I love. I can`t say enough good things about these operations, so I won`t even try. It is a delight when the locals paddle their outriggers to the boat to trade local foods for other items they need such as soap, rice, sugar. They are not catering to tourists, as in most dive vacations, and a smile is always there for you.
PNG has wonderful vistas, from mini islands to erupting volcanos
From WWII debris to endless reef, PNG has what you like. Large numbers of pelagics abound. You will have mega shark action at Killibob`s Knob and can rub noses with "George" the infamous friendly great barracuda.
A visit to Rabaul, and its active volcano reminds you of the forces that built this region. The diving is exceptional, the memories forever. Feel free to contact me for any advise if you are wanting to make a trip to PNG. I am not a commercial promoter for any resort or boat, just a PNG lover.