Diving Papua New Guinea: Diving Milne Bay Province

Bob Halstead

Milne Bay was basically what put Papua New Guinea on diving’s world stage…

Scuba diving in Milne Bay was pioneered by Bob Halstead when he and his wife Dinah started operations in the area in 1986 with their newly built liveaboard dive boat the MV Telita.

Bob’s sheer enthusiasm for what he was doing, combined with his entrepreneurial, photographic & writing skills effectively caught the attention of the global diving community.

It was Bob’s original articles in the late 1980’s that caught my personal attention and first got me interested in the country.

Bob & Dinah sold MV Telita and their business in 1996, but are still active in the PNG dive industry through guest skippering on other liveaboard boats.

The Halsteads were followed by Rob van der Loos and his boat the MV Chertan, who has firmly established himself as the leading expert on diving Milne Bay.

Rob Van der Loos

Rob enjoys a strong following from such diving industry luminaries & underwater photographers as Roger SteeneNed DeLoach & Paul Humann to name but a few.

The reason is very simple, Rob not only knows Milne Bay like the back of his hand, he goes out of his way to make your trip on the MV Chertan as productive and enjoyable as possible.

Rob was also a major driving force behind the Tawali Dive Resort on the northern side of the peninsular that forms the north coast of Milne Bay.

Tawali is a great alternative to a liveaboard based trip to Milne Bay and it’s location means that it is reasonably close to many of the great sites on the north coast.

Other liveaboard boats that cover the Milne Bay area are the Spirit of Nuigini which operates out of Tawali and covers both the northern & southern areas, Craig de Wit’s excellent boat the MV Golden Dawn which does Milne Bay in March, June & October.

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