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Dive Review of Tufi Dive in
Papua New Guinea/Tufi, Oro Province

Tufi Dive: "Diving in the fiords", Nov, 2014,

by Robert M. Jackson, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 7910.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Tufi in the northeast is a beautiful location with hills rolling down to (non-glacial) fiords that provide sheltered diving on coral reefs. Yet, the reefs are more extensive and the water more clear as one gets further away from the shore and into the ocean. Muck diving under the wharf is superb. The diving was good and could be spectacular with better management. The diving program is poorly organized and led by an inexperienced manager (who seems most intent on quoting PADI standards rather than actually providing leadership to the Papuan guides). In contrast, the Papuan guides were skillful and extremely helpful (oddly resulting in conflict with the dive manager). The reefs are overfished and no large fish or turtles to be found. The health of the corals varies from damaged to pristine. The surrounding village is fascinating, safe and worth visiting. Unfortunately, one I cannot recommend this operation until the diving program is straightened out with mature and effective leadership.
Websites Tufi Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving New England, Pacific Northwest, California, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, Fiji, Solomons, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Micronesia
Closest Airport Tufi Getting There Via Port Moresby only

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression (eliminating access to great ship and plane wrecks). Generally limited to 60 or 45 minutes. Dives led by divemaster(s).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No dedicated space at lodge or on boat provided for housed camera systems. Staff was not familiar with guiding underwater photographers.
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