The Milne Bay north coast dive sites offer some tremendous diving, which ranges from offshore sea mount, with the chance to see large pelagics migrating up and down the coast, to black sand critter diving that is among the best you will experience anywhere!
There is much to see on all the dive sites along the north coast, with probably the more spectacular diving to be had on the offshore seamounts which sit right in the path of the rich coastal undercurrents that are the life-force of Papua New Guinea’s incredible biodiversity.
But the sites on the north coast itself also have some great diving plus, to make life even more interesting, there are some good critter sites such as the excellent Dinah’s Beach.
All the north coast sites were first discovered and then dived regularly by the liveaboard dive boats operating in Milne Bay and can still be visited on their regular northern itineraries.
But since Tawali Dive Resort was built it means many of those sites are now within easy reach of the resort’s day boats, making it all a lot simpler!
There are at least a dozen Milne Bay north coast dive sites but my personal favorites Deacon’s Reef and Dinah’s Beach at Lauadi, (just follow the links to the dedicated pages…) plus Wahoo Point and Cobb’s Cliff.
Milne Bay North Coast Dive Sites – Wahoo Point
Wahoo Point has two very distinguishing elements – the first being the incredible array of huge elephant ear sponges that seem to thrive there and secondly is the site’s reputation as one of the best places in Milne Bay for pelagic encounters.
Wahoo is located on a shelf that starts at about 5m in depth and slopes down to about 18m before plunging down vertically to over 60m.
The elephant ear sponges are on the slope and make incredibly photogenic subjects because of their vivid yellow and green coloration that really stands out against the clear blue water.
If you can add a model to give the size of the sponges some perspective, you have all the ingredients for some really great photography – but don’t forget your wide-angle lens!
The vertical wall down to 60m is where the regular sightings of pelagics have been made and while many of the dive sites on the north coast have regular sightings, Wahoo seems to get more of them, more often…
Plus the diversity of the sightings is greater with whale sharks, minke whales and on two occasions orcas joining the usual supects of great hammerheads, manta rays and schooling barracuda!
Milne Bay North Coast Dive Sites – Cobb’s Cliff
Just like Wahoo Point, Cobb’s Cliff is also surrounded by deep 60m+ water and comes within 6m of the surface.
Migratory pelagics are also commonly sighted at Cobb’s along its steep walls, but there there is also a really nice sandy lagoon with a depth of around 18n in the center of the site.
This makes Cobb’s a really interesting site with a wide variety of things to see – from the possibility of the pelagics on the walls to smaller, colorful stuff like Rhinopias, leaf scorpion fish and gobys in the lagoon.
Yet another great example of the amazing biodiversity of Milne Bay!