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Kavieng is noted throughout the world for its ancient Malagan culture, the highly decorated masks of which are collectors’ items, and the shark callers of Kontu.

New Ireland was occupied by the Japanese in WWII, evidence of which is present on land and sea – the waters around Kavieng are littered with wrecks. The scenery around Kavieng is one of contrasts: mountainous islands drop sharply into the sea; low lying coral islands are surrounded by beautiful beaches and fringing reefs.

The straits and channels between these islands with their huge movements of water create some really exciting diving. As well as the famous pelagic encounters, the lagoons and mangroves serve as nurseries for a huge variety of marine life.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, spotted eagle ray, devil ray, pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Dive and Discover PNG

Uncover the magic of Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s last remaining frontiers, on this adventure to two exceptional diving areas - both renowned for macro life and pelagic encounters on vibrant coral reefs.

  • When to go: Apr-Jun, Sep-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Lissenung Island Resort

Situated on a private island, this intimate beautiful resort offers world-class diving on your doorstep - with pelagic species cruising along the walls, muck diving, wrecks and beautiful reefs to explore.