Don Silcock – Diving Papua New Guinea
Don Silcock is the Senior Travel Editor for Scuba Diver magazine and also a regular contributor to X-Ray magazine and the online underwater photography portals Dive Photo Guide and Wetpixel. Don has dived extensively in the Indo-Pacific region along with many of the global “big animal” locations in the Bahamas, Mexico, South Africa and the Azores and documents his adventures on his website www.indopacificimages.com
Like myself, Don is fascinated with Papua New Guinea and has been visiting the country at least once a year for over 20 years. His experience of diving the main locations is extensive and we had a great time in the studio talking about those locations and discussing why they are special. There are many prime locations available in Papua New Guinea, but it’s a big and complicated country where logistics can be challenging – plus it must be said that it does have a reputation for being a dangerous place… Don and I discuss all that and put it all into perspective starting with an overview of PNG, and what you need to know about the capital and international gateway of Port Moresby. Then we discuss the excellent diving in Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Tufi and Madang on the main island of New Guinea. Followed by the incredible diving in Kimbe Bay, the Witu and Fathers Islands, Rabaul and the remote south coast of PNG’s second-largest island of New Britain. Last, but by no means least are the wonderful wrecks, reefs and channels of New Ireland and New Hanover in the east of the country.
Some of those locations are served by land-based resorts like Tufi, Tawali, Walindi and Lissenung, while others can only be dived from the three liveaboards MV Chertan, MV Febrina and MV Oceania that operate year-round in Papua New Guinea and we explain all that in the podcast.