Milne Bay Province Dive Operators

Milne Bay was basically what put Papua New Guinea on diving’s world stage and over the years there have been numerous dive operations based there.

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

MV Telita in Milne Bay

MV Telita in Milne Bay

Bob’s sheer enthusiasm for what he was doing, combined with his natural entrepreneurial flare and photographic & writing skills effectively caught the attention of that community and the rest is kind of history. It was Bob’s original articles in the late 1980’s that actually caught my personal attention and first got me interested in Papua New Guinea.

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.

The MV Chertan moored in Milne Bay

The MV Chertan moored in Milne Bay

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

Living Reefs of the Indo-Pacific

Living Reefs of the Indo-Pacific

The reason is very simple, Rob not only knows Milne Bay like the back of his hand, as his book the Living Reefs of the Indo-Pacfic demonstrates, but 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, and Craig de Wit’s MV Golden Dawn which does Milne Bay in March, June & October.

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