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Best Diving Destinations in New Guinea

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About New Guinea

The western part of New Guinea belongs to Indonesia. It is a popular destination because of its biodiversity and great diving opportunities. Diving in West Papua is available for divers of all levels. Diving here is especially famous for its rich marine life - it seems like it is possible to see all marine species here. The most popular and world-famous diving destination in West Papua is Raja Ampat. A lot of dive sites for different levels allow divers to explore amazing underwater worlds with house reefs, walls, coral gardens, caves, shipwrecks, aircraft from WWII, as well as diving with sharks, manta rays, and whale sharks. Dive sites that are worth visiting include Sardine Reef, Boo Window, The Passage, Cross Wreck, Cape Kri, and Blue Magic.

When to go to New Guinea

Diving in West Papua is available all year round, with the best conditions being from October to June.

Water temperatures average 23-28C/77-84F.

Average water visibility is around 10-40m/35-130ft.

Currents are moderate, but can be strong in some areas.

 

What to see

While diving in these waters divers can spot barracudas, parrotfish, snapper, sweetlips, pufferfish, bannerfish, lionfish, angelfish, seahorses, manta rays, stingrays, groupers, scorpion fish, whitetips and blacktips sharks.