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The numerous passages and islands between Kavieng, the Northern tip of New Ireland, and New Hanover to the West make for some of the most pristine, diverse and exciting diving in Papua New Guinea.
Divers visiting Kavieng will not only experience the thrill of close encounters with big pelagics in the current-swept passages, but can also enjoy the relaxing feeling of drifting along plunging walls decorated with colourful corals and fans, explore World WarII wrecks as well as discover a multitude of small critters on inshore muck dives or even dive or snorkel one of the many fresh water sinkholes or caves on the New Ireland mainland exclusive to Scuba Ventures
On the Southwest coast (Bismarck Sea) the reefs drop precipitously, forming dramatic drop offs and offering exciting dives at passage entrances. Currents can be strong and good timing is necessary to catch the incoming tides when all the fish are feeding and soft corals on their best display.
The Northern and North Eastern coasts (Pacific) have gradually sloping seabeds and extensive systems of offshore reefs. Diving on the Pacific side is particularly good from August to October when the sea is calm, winds offshore and the visibility often exceeds 40m.
For the wreck enthusiasts there are many World WarII wrecks, in particular seaplanes, which are scattered in and around Kavieng harbour.
Interesting muck diving can also be found within the Kavieng harbour and around the inshore islands.
Diving is enjoyed all year round and is suitable for all experience levels and interests. The water temperature is always warm and rarely drops below 28°C. Rainfall in Kavieng is fairly constant with Dec,Jan,Feb being marginally the wettest period. April to July and September to November have proven to provide good all round weather and dive conditions.
To plan your dive trip to coincide with the incoming currents at the passages, to insure the best of the Big Fish Action please Contact Us and indicate rough dates so we can best advise.
Diving with Scuba Ventures
Scuba Ventures located on Nusa Parade Road, which runs along the Nusa Harbour waterfront. - 2min drive from the Malagan Beach Resort, 1min boat ride to Nusa, 1 min drive to the Peter Tarot centre, 2min to the Kavieng Club/Hotel. Transfers from accommodation facilities are arranged FOC.
Scuba Ventures has three Dive Boats, each equipped with full safety gear, suncover and ladder seat for easy boat entry. Emphasis is on small group uncrowded diving for better enjoyment and safety. Cater to a Maximum 22 divers per day.
A full range of PADI dive courses is available.
For those that are not qualified and would like to experience diving, the PADI discover Scuba Diving course is on offer. You can do your PADI openwater course or referral qualifying dives, Advanced open water course, Nitrox specialty, underwater digital photography specialty and Discover Nitrox.
Snorkelling excursions are also available, non divers can accompany the divers subject to space availability on the dive boats.
Scuba Ventures boats departs at 08:00 / 08:30 daily for two morning dives. ( Pick up times if applicable are advised beforehand ). There is wide variety of Dives to choose from, Sites dived are planned according to divers interest, experience and weather conditions.
Dive Sites on the Pacific side are only 5- 30minutes boat ride away, whilst dives on the Bismarck range from 40 -50 minutes boat ride.
When diving in Kavieng we ask all divers to
- Aim to maintain Kaviengs Reef Systems in its most pristine condition.
- Not remove anything from the wrecks or reefs.
- Adhere to normal safe diving practices regarding buoyancy control, air supply (finish a dive with 50 bar remaining), ascent rates, safety stops, dive profiles etc.
- Due to the multilevel nature of most of the dives the use of a Dive computer is highly recommended
- We recommend finishing all dives with a safety stop at 5m for 5min
- Listen carefully to all Dive briefings
- To make known your interests and requirements to the dive staff so that you may leave here satisfied
Light snacks, fresh tropical fruit, coconut and biscuits are provided between dives.
We return from the mornings dives at 12:30 -13:30 and can plan afternoon dives or night dives as requested.
Dive gear is stored and washed by Scuba Ventures for your convenience.
Mesh bags are provided for Fins and Masks. All personal gear, weightbelts and tanks are loaded onto the boat each morning by Scuba Ventures staff.
A big selection of reference books are available. Dives are discussed and logged with log Book stamps available.
Nitrox is on offer for those that would like to advantage from its benefits. less fatigue, extended bottom times, more options for third dives, better safety.
For those that are not NITROX qualified we can provide a Discover Nitrox introduction or an Enriched Air Diver specialty.
Customised Digital Imaging now available
Digital Olympus and Nikonos V Cameras are available for hire. For those wanting to learn more about underwater digital photography we can now offer the PADI underwater digital specialty course.
A Digital Camera download facility as well as Internet is also available at the Scuba Ventures facility. Or if you prefer not to be looking through a view finder you can take home memories of your dives, photographed by Dorian and burnt to your own disc. A DVD slide show or video can also be made of your dive holiday. For visiting dive groups a complimentary DVD slide show is produced.
Dorians slide show, which is both informative and entertaining, can be enjoyed by visiting divers.
Dive boats are available for charter for Island tours as well as light fishing excursions.
Fresh water Cave Dives are available for suitably qualified and experienced divers
Panapai and Liga Onui both only 5minutes drive from Kavieng can be done as a third afternoon dive. Or a day trip to Pakawala the source of Fissoa can be organised.
More extensive Cave diving expeditions to explore new sites can be organised for qualified Cave Divers.
Wreck of the Apel – West Coast. Day trips to the seldomly visited West Coast are now on offer to dive the Wreck of the MV Apel tug boat, visit the community based fisheries management area of Panachais and explore caves and fresh water blue holes on the coast.
We advise all divers to hold current dive evacuation insurance with an organisation such as Divers Alert Network.
DIVERS ALERT NETWORK
Scuba Ventures Kavieng is proud to support DAN Asia-Pacific (DAN AP). The Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a global network of not-for-profit, member-based, dive safety organisations working for the safety of all divers through education, research and training.
DAN AP provides Worldwide Emergency Evacuation Coverage and optional Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance Services for Members. In addition the organisation is responsible for funding and/or manning 24-hour diving emergency hotlines throughout the
DAN AP is a part of the International DAN Federation of Dive Safety Organisations with worldwide Membership presently exceeding 300,000.
Wherever members live or dive around the world they have peace of mind knowing that DAN is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to assist in the event of an accident/illness.
Why is it so important that as Divers we are protected with DAN Membership & Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance?
It’s all about being prepared for the unexpected, namely dive accidents and illnesses. It’s essential that divers have a reputable organisation to call that will be able to co-ordinate a rescue effort and get them to the most appropriate treatment for their injury or illness. And then there is the issue of cost. DAN protection ensures the diver will not be lumbered with the burden of a potentially hefty invoice in the event of an accident or illness.
Recently DAN was involved in the evacuation of a paralysed diver from the Solomon Islands to Australia. The evacuation cost was around AUD$90,000 (as an aircraft had to be sourced from far away). In addition, the treatment costs were in excess of US$30,000, plus on-going expenses.
The essence of DAN Membership & Dive Injury (Treatment) Insurance is about being prepared. DAN offers members peace-of-mind, which comes from knowing they have the experts in diver accident management to call in the event of a diving accident or illness.
To learn more about DAN, or to become a member, visit http://www.danasiapacific.org/
Signing up as a DAN AP Member?
Be sure to enter DS-0448 in the Referral Field
Scuba Ventures has been a member of the Papua New Guinea Dive Association since year 2000 and support the Environment and Safety program by collecting a voluntary levy of K12.00 a days diving on their behalf