Coral Sea Diving
Dawn's annual schedule of dive destinations moves to different locations
in the country to take advantage of the best weather conditions in different
regions. This enables us to offer her clients the kind of varied and
exciting diving that is consistent with Papua New Guinea's reputation.
The Eastern fields/Coral
through to December and
April through to May
- prime time for this area. On these cruises, you will find the waters
of the barrier reef system around Port
Moresby teem with beautiful flora and fauna to satisfy the keenest sports
diver or the most dedicated underwater photographer, with Mantas, Sharks
have encountered the rare Great hammerhead as well as his smaller
Scalloped brothers and Whale Sharks are sighted annually as far in as
the capital's main harbour! The more exotic treats include the Lacy
Scorpion fish (Rhinopias aphanes and his rarer brother R. fondoza),
Leaf Scorpion fish, Stone and False Stonefish, Crocodile fish, Pygmy
sea horse and Tasselled Wobbegongs, Epaulette
and Leopard Sharks. The waters here are moderate in visibility but excellent
for close-up photography.
offshore, in the clear waters of the Coral Sea, GOLDEN DAWN is
pioneering dive operations at the spectacular Eastern Fields, a
submerged atoll rising from over 4,000 ft /1,200 mtrs and covering some
400 square miles. Most of this reef system is still unexplored - suffice
it to say that over 200ft / 70mtr visibility has been experienced. Eastern
Fields is located 90 nautical miles south west of Port Moresby in the
northern reaches of the Coral Sea.
area of the Coral Sea is rarely troubled by the cyclone's passing by
on their way to the southern latitudes leaving the coral in pristine
condition. Being close to the eastern approaches of the Torres Strait
(the name for the passage of water between Australia and Papua New Guinea)
gives this area the currents that attract the pelagic marine life such
as schools of large Dog Tooth, Yellow fin, Blue fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel
and Wahoo. Eagle and Manta rays can be found patrolling the walls, as
well as schools of horse eye jacks in their balling formations
and schools of spiralling Barracuda. On our shark dives Grey reef Sharks
and their elegant brothers the Silver tips are frequently encountered.
and Scalloped hammerhead shark will often make an appearance when you
least expect it! You will enjoy dive sites like "Carls Ultimate",
where the marine life is so rich and diverse that it is not uncommon
for divers to do 12 dives and still ask for more. The small and the
unexpected should not be left out, with species of Nudibranch and Flat
worm we have not been able to identify as yet! Many different types
of Shrimp Goby, Blennies and clouds of Anthias and Fusiliers are to
be found while diving.
Coral Sea trip is not recommended for the beginner diver or those who
are prone to seasickness as it is all open ocean diving.
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