New Ireland & New Hanover PNG

October 2023

Visit Papua New Guinea’s Remote New Hanover & New Ireland

Join one of our back to back 10 night expeditions aboard Walindi Resort’s brand new MV Oceania

Join one of Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expeditions to this very special area of Papua New Guinea



TRIP ONE: Rabaul to Kavieng (via West New Ireland)
1-11th October 2023


FULL – Contact us for details
TRIP TWO: Kavieng to Rabaul (via East New Ireland)
13-23rd October 2023
FULL – Contact us for waitlist
Rich first visited this remote corner of the world in 1999, and it had a profound influence over his future diving. Although he didn’t see them himself, he first heard of pygmy seahorses during this trip. He remembers outstanding shark action, schooling fish and wrecks. These two trips will have the added adventure of exploring the west coast of New Ireland on the first trip and the east coast on the second (weather permitting of course). These are set to be the trips of a lifetime. The influence of Pacific fauna on our sightings will be interesting to see.


* Although this is a remote location, recent updates in the airline routings have made it much more accessible than it used to be. Whilst you can easily fly through Australia, Wendy and Rich will be flying direct from Singapore to Port Moresby and connecting through to Air Niugini domestic to the direct Rabaul flight. What’s more, Air Niugini who do this international/domestic flight give 45kg allowance for economy tickets if you are a diver!


Trip start: 1st October 2023

Trip end: 11th October 2023

Prices start from: $6,000 including Nitrox and local Taxes

Availability: Full

Depart from: Rabaul

Return to: Kavieng


Trip start: 13th October 2023

Trip end: 23rd October 2023

Prices start from: $6,000 including Nitrox and local Taxes

Availability: Full

Depart from: Kavieng

Return to: Rabaul


We will be setting sail at the beginning of the first trip from Rabaul on the Papua New Guinean island of New Britain and up the west coast of New Ireland to circumnavigate New Hanover, before ending in Kavieng.

The second trip will be in reverse, but will have a little less time in New Hanover due to the planned routing down the east coast of New Ireland. This is the more exposed side of the island, and this is the correct time of year for this trip but weather conditions these days can be quite unpredicatble, so if needs be we may have to reroute.

Trip One: Green

Trip Two: Red

MV Oceania is the brand new vessel, completed in 2019, from the owners of PNG’s iconic Walindi Resort and MV Febrina. She can accommodate 16 guests in twin/double en suite accommodation.  There are 3 queen-bed cabins and 5 twin shares.

MV Oceania

Food & Beverages (complementary wine with dinner – otherwise alcohol is not included)
8.5 days of Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Return airport transfers
Light laundry 

Environmental and safety fees

Please contact us for prices

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!



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The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation


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