Exploring Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea and Beyond

Aboard the Febrina Text and Photography by Stephen Frink In August of 1996 I was able to fulfill one of my long time underwater photographic ambitions by diving in Papua New Guinea. This would be a significant trip in terms of time and travel expense and I wanted to make sure I made the right…


Delving into the Bismarck Sea

Exploring Virgin reefs Aboard Star Dancer Several months ago I was invited by Peter Hughes to join a very special live-aboard charter. It was to be an exploratory mission setting out from Papua New Guinea’s famed Walindi Plantation Resort, destined for dive sites around Rabaul;most seldom seen and many never before explored. The purpose of…


Papua New Guinea Splendor in the Bismark Sea

Day 1 The town of Rabaul, once considered the loveliest in all of Papua New Guinea, is in places still a somber war zone, buried under tons of deep, volcanic ash. Flat, featureless fields of gray are punctuated by upthrust ruin: here, the broken trunk of a coconut palm; there, concrete stairs of a collapsed…


True Adventure in Papua New Guinea

I was in Madang setting up my tripod at the foot of a waterfall when my tour guide—a tiny man wearing bones, beads, feathers and a loincloth—said quite urgently, “big rain come, we must go.” I looked up at gray, but not quite ominous clouds and said, “OK, five more minutes. ”  “No! Spirits say…


Factbook: Papua New Guinea

  Geography Location: Southeastern Asia, group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, east of Indonesia Geographic coordinates: 6 00 S, 147 00 E Map references: Oceania Area: total: 462,840 sq km land: 452,860 sq km water : 9,980 sq km Area – comparative: slightly larger than California…


Beyond the Edge of the Blue World

by Lionel and Tally Pozzoli For years Lionel and Tally Pozzoli have explored the earth for places that compare to Papua New Guinea and its wild menagerie of underwater diversity. But the primal force of pure adventure always harkens them back. And with each trip they are rewarded with new discoveries for their logbooks and…


Revealing the Wonders of Papua New Guinea

By Bob Halstead Mike Ball’s Telita Telita, Papua New Guinea’s first specialized live-aboard dive boat, discovered many classic sites. During the 1980s her guests shared the adventure of exploring a virtually untouched underwater paradise. Two main areas with complementary diving were developed. In Milne Bay, which boasts some of the richest and most beautiful reefs…