Our land is home to boundless beauty and an array of adventures, worthy of a place on your bucket list.
Explore our top five must-include adventures you cannot leave out of your bucket list.
7. Deacon's Reef
A coral covered wall dive that is about 12 metres from the surface at its shallowest. The first thing to catch your eye are the huge barrel sponges and gorgonian fans covering the reef top.
Deacon’s Reef is named after Kevin Deacon, the Australian underwater photographer and Sydney dive shop owner. Kevin was on one of the first charters Bob & Dinah Halstead ran after launching their liveaboard MV Telita in 1987. And, the then unnamed headland just round from Lauadi, was one of the sites visites.
Maximum depth is around 18m, but most of the best things to see are around 12m depth. The site is very easy to swim around.
6. Dinah's Beach
A famous muck dive which will excite critter lovers. Divers can spot Blue Ribbon Eels, Cuttle fish, Lion fish, a huge variety of Nudibranchs, Manta Shrimps, Mandarin fish, Frog fish, Sea horses, Ghost pipe fish, Cockatoo wasp fish and more.
5. Gona Bara Bara
Home of the Manta Ray Cleaning Station and an abundant array of Critters, usually lining the shores of Gona Bara Bara Island.
Diving with the Rays at Gona Bara Bara is a unique experience. The cleaning station at Gona Bara Bara Island is one of the best places on earth to watch these highly intelligent and majestic creatures.
4. Skull Caves
The skull caves are one of the “tourist attractions” of Milne Bay.
The main skull cave that visitors are allowed to enter is located on the north coast of Milne Bay, near to Tawali Resort. It is a 15 minute walk from the village beach where you land. The skull cave is underground and reached using a wooden stairway constructed by the local villagers.
The cranial remains of a lot of people are distributed around the cave. Most of the skills are organised in a series of piles.
3. Huhu War Canoe Festival
Held towards the end of October annually, the yearly two-day festival showcases the fascinating culture of War Canoes, unique to the mainland bay area of Milne Bay Province.
2. National Kenu & Kundu Festival
Canoes and Kundu drums are widely used in traditional ceremonies and rituals practiced by Milne Bay people. As vessels of travel and enjoyment, they are meticulously crafted from special woods under strict customs to derive the best results.
The canoes that feature at the festival include trade vessels and war canoes crafted using the same techniques used thousands of years ago. They are a testament to the famed seafaring, trade and war-time skills of the ancestors of the people of Milne Bay, especially the Kula Ring.
Tawali is located in a secluded area of Milne Bay amongst local fishing villages and accessible only by boat. Built on a limestone bluff eighty feet above the water, Tawali offers guests a private retreat in which to enjoy the wonders of PNG.