On my return to Sydney I included a few days stay at the Kabaira Dive Rabaul Resort. That means however after a full days rest I had an early start ahead of me. Leaving the resort at 4.00 am, to catch the flight to Rabaul at 6.00 am. On arrival, Stephen the owner was waiting for me and after a 70 minute drive we arrived at Kabaira Dive Resort. The resort offers basic accommodation with shared amenities. If privacy is what you are looking for then private Villas are available. There is definitely a family like atmosphere to the buffet style dinner, as Stephens parents join and retell the fascinating history of PNG. I must say the food already made the stay worthwhile, with probably the best curry in the south pacific. There is a basic dive hut and two small boats with shade.
After a hearty breakfast, a couple of hours sleep and a tasty lunch I headed for two dives in the afternoon. Again the reefs are just so healthy. There was less current and not many pelagic however I was told there are usually somewhere around. I saw some sharks, barracudas and spanish mackerels. It is however the mixture of wide angle and macro subjects which makes the diving so diverse. There is an abundant house reef which is absolutely worthwhile to explore with your dive buddy.
The signature dive would have to be the George's wreck. Starting at ten meters and lying against a reef slope it heads all the way down to 55 meters. The colourful display of coral grow and the open cargo bays makes it a stunning wreck dive. It used to be a mine layer from WWII. There are also some tanks and aeroplanes to be discovered during diving however this I did not see in my short stay of only three days. A reason to go back, indeed. The water was 28 to 30 degrees and the visibility as good as in Kavieng.
The bottom line, PNG provides a diverse tropical diving experience with huge sponges, fans and healthy reefs. There is a good chance of pelagic fish encounter, however do not forget the macro lens. Both resorts have an easygoing atmosphere where the staff goes that extra mile to ensure that your diving holiday is exactly what you came for. What made the difference for me is that PNG still feels like and adventure and the last frontier without the usual crowds that often spoil your diving at other hotspots.
After a much too short time spent with some amazing dives I'm already on way back Down Under. If there is some time to kill in transit at Port Mosby Airport, first check in your luggage then the courtesy bus will take you to the Pool Side Bar at the Seaway Hotel only five minutes from the airport. More photos are available on my Facebook Page or simply drop me an email to mattsdivephotos@~@yahoo.com.au.