Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of loloata in
Papua New Guinea

loloata: "Three venues in PNG", Jun, 2015,

by Mel Cundiff, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8327.

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 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Papua New Guinea Diving 2015 Write Up
Loloata / Walindi / MV FeBrina

This was my 2nd and/or 4th time diving in these three areas of PNG, and the large diversity of critters seen there in the past was still available again this trip.
I find the critter diversity of PNG to be second only to the best of the coral reefs in Indonesia. Both regions demand lots of air legs and long flights, but thatís what one has to invest in to see the worldís best coral reefs. The costs are a bit more to dive in PNG, but good deals are getting harder to find in Indonesia. Yes, one can experience great reefs in the Red Sea and certain regions in the southwest Pacific, but the best of the best are in these two countries.

Loloata is my choice for diving on stopovers going into and out of PNG because of its easy access from the Port Moresby airport, which is about 45 minutes away. The reefs are in great shape, and on two occasions I have seen the lacey scorpion fish there. In addition to their complex coral reefs, there is also a nearby shallow reef for excellent snorkeling and another one for muck diving. The diving accommodations and food are excellent. The island resort caters to divers and trekkers moving through the area.

Walindi has always been my choice of a PNG land-based diving operation. It is on the island of New Britain, an hour flight to the northeast and an hour van ride from Port Moresby. It is an operating oil-palm plantation which has had an active dive operation for decades. Divers depart in the mornings on fast boats for three-tank dives including lunch and return in the afternoon. Night dives are also available. Well-equipped bungalows and both inside and outside dining are available at the resort which has a pool and bar. The dive operation there is well equipped and staffed by well-qualified personnel. The reefs around Walindi in terms of aesthetics and critter diversity are superb. An educational option this trip was the opportunity to dive an intact Japanese Zero that had been scuttled at the end of the Second World War and only recently discovered in shallow water not far from the resort. Malaria prophylactics are needed in PNG.

Our 9-day live aboard charter was on the 75-foot, deep-hull MV FeBrina, based out of Walindi. It has been upgraded and refurbished several times since it was built. The very outspoken and legendary Aussie Captain, Alan Rabbe, was in command as he has been for decades now. I had first been on a charter with him in 1998. Most of our dives were on or near Fatherís reefs east of Kimbe Bay. Alan surely knows those reefs better than anyone and was a major player in establishing the permanent, stainless steel moorings for all the diving in this area. There were ten crew members for our eight divers on a boat equipped to handle 14, so we had plenty of room to move around with a number of us having private cabins. The moored FeBrina is one of the more comfortable boats to dive from in that all dive entries and exits were from the water-level dive transom that had two easily accessible ladders. While few divers consistently took advantage of them all, there were five scheduled dives a day starting at 6:30 a.m. and ending with a night dive. The sky was blue and the water very smooth except for the last day when an incoming storm brought us six-foot swells; but we didnít miss any dives.

The crew was attentive and helpful and cheerfully handled all our needs; food and between-dive snacks were plentiful and tasty. Wine with dinner was complimentary and after dinner the on-board photographers presented us with an edited version of the best digital images and video clips from the previous dayís diving. Our cabins with ensuite facilities were a bit smaller than the newer, more modern dive boats, but then we werenít in them that much.

From all of these three venues in PNG, I noted in my logbook as having seen 26 species that I do not recall having seen before. The large pelagics we saw are noted elsewhere in this report and most typical Indonesian/PNG species noted in my logbook are not included here. A few species worth noting: lots of cone snails with exposed harpoons; bioluminescent ostracods; four ornate ghost pipefish of three different color patterns; two twin-spot gobies; three very large stonefish; two different species of sea snakes and a tame hawksbill that would eat sponges out of our hands.
Mel Cundiff 8/15
(Submitted as part of a report to
Websites loloata   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving On the best coral reefs all around the world.
Closest Airport Port Moresby Getting There sby

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 157 dive reviews of Papua New Guinea and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Want biodiversity, critters, tribal villages, birds of paradise? We specialize in Papua New Guinea.

Want to assemble your own collection of Papua New Guinea reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2024 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.09 seconds