Tufi – Papua New Guinea

After a relatively short flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby (around 3 hours), I arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Upon first impressions, PNG was going to be more of a ‘cultural experience’ than a holiday. Thankfully, the connecting flight was only an hour away and I was soon heading to the tropical destination I had been promised. Upon arriving at the resort, the very first phrase I heard was “welcome to paradise”, and it wasn’t hard to see why.

A stunning view of the fjord I took from Tufi Resort.

A stunning view of the fjord I took from Tufi Resort.

We were greeted with a cool wet towel and a glass of cold orange juice, as we overlooked the beautiful scenery of the Fjord I would be waking up to for the next few days. The scenery was spectacular, the resort immaculate, and the people (both staff and locals) were very welcoming.

With a couple of hours to spare before the sun went down, the first thing to do was check out the house reef with a spot of snorkelling and grab a small glimpse of what would be on offer for the next few days.

30 degree water, colourful corals, nice macro life (and all off the jetty just out the front) – it’s time to get my GoPro set-up for the dives tomorrow. I was now officially on holidays.

Photo courtesy of Tufi Resort

Photo courtesy of Tufi Resort

Let’s be honest – I was here for the diving, and this is the reason you are reading this article at this very moment. Most of the diving was done via a 20-30 minute boat ride in seas as calm as the Mooloolah River. It was quite a tease being able to see the crystal clear blue water below and even in a lot of parts, the bottom of the reef itself from the surface.

The thing that impressed me most about the diving in Tufi was the tube sponges. I have never seen sponge corals the size of the ones I saw in Tufi, and I doubt I ever will again. The macro life that inhabited the reefs was stunning, and I am now faced with the task of editing the hours of footage I accumulated on this trip.

Photo courtesy of Tufi Resort

Photo courtesy of PNGTPA

To accompany the colours and abundance of hard and soft corals, there were more anemones and clownfish than I could count on my fingers, the odd reef shark, barracuda, parrot fish, and as per usual; a bunch of colourful fish of which I couldn’t name even if they offered me free Pina Coladas for it.

The house reef offered world class ‘muck diving’. Asides from the scattered beer cans and other assorted bits and pieces, there was actually a great deal of macro life to see down there. Just to name some of my favourite marine life within giant stride distance of the jetty included mantis shrimp, mandarin fish and leafy scorpion fish. It was nice to come back after a mornings diving and continue with the convenience of the diving that was on hand directly in front of the dive shop. As per usual here, all you had to do is step out of the water and the dive staff would take care of your gear and anything else that needed attending to.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to dive the WW2 wrecks on offer such as the B17 bomber (plane wreck) or the S Jacob – a famous Dutch cargo ship wreck; which are definitely the highlights of diving in Tufi. The colourful reefs were enough to get any avid photographer out of their seat, and this is one of the things you definitely need when tropical diving on a holiday.

It was nice to see what PNG had on offer, and experience another culture and another way of living. Tufi had some great things to offer, and it would be great to experience the war wrecks unique to this location. I look forward to keeping my eye on what Tufi has to offer in the future.

Here is the video I produced, I hope you all enjoy it.

Chris Williams
SSI Dive Control Specialist
340 dives