PNG sits just south of the equator and only 160km north of Australia. Yet it feels a world away. The nation itself is made up of the eastern half of New Guinea island (the western half is a part of Indonesia) and many off shore islands. It is made up of several islands, the largest being West New Britain. It is here that you find the divers' paradise of Walinidi Plantation and Febrina.
Covid Travel Information
International travel from the UK is prohibited until May 17th. Travel corridors are paused until this point.
On April 12th the UK government will update the rules for travel in 2021.
For British nationals, The Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to Papua New Guinea
Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea unless they have a written exemption from the Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a 7 day period prior to arrival.
Updated 25th FEB 2021
Weather and Climate
PNG has a climate that mirrors much of the South Pacific. Officially the wet season runs from December to March, whilst the dry season is between May and October. However, the rainfall can be very localised and what happens on 1 island may not be happening on another one nearby! The conditions remain fairly warm and humid all year round, with average air temps ranging between 25-29C.
There are several routes to PNG, with a total flying time of around 19 hours. Air New Zealand, Quantas, Cathay Pacific and Singapore airlines are the most common flight options. Most routings will require the final leg of your journey to be completed on a Air Nuigini code share flight. You will generally by flying overnight in both directions.
We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Port Moresby, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
Popular stop over destinations include Hong Kong, Singapore or Australia. Please speak to your travel consultant if you would like to add a few days in any of these locations and we will be able to adapt your flight routing accordingly.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders will be given a tourist visa on arrival in Port Moresby. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
Your exact arrival arrangements will vary. If you are connecting straight onto a domestic flight to Hoskins, please follow the directions in Port Moresby airport. Alternatively, if you are staying in the Holiday Inn hotel, please make your way to the hotel shuttle meeting point in the airport. Walinidi Plantation and Febrina are approx a 1hr drive from Hoskins airport.
If you have any issues, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Transfers in PNG are usually either provided by your liveaboard, a private transfer or airport shuttle.
You will be advised locally of your departure transfer arrangements. There is a departure tax of 30PGK per person
To pay on board are additional drinks, rental equipment, dive courses, nitrox if not prepaid, and other personal items. A 10% sales tax charged on all local purchases.
If you were not planning to venture outside Walindi or Oceania you will not need to carry much Kina. We accept AUD, USD, Euro and Kina as well as all major credit cards (MasterCard/ Visa/ Amex). There is no surcharge for credit card payments made at the resort.
Phone coverage and internet can be limited. Please check with your provider prior to travel.
Plugs and electricity
The electrical current on Walinidi and at Walindi Resort is 240 volts. The boat has multi-plugs so no need for adaptors
Please prebook any kit hire required - we will advise the local rental charge
Please ask about any courses in advance of travel
The Walindi operates a small, limited shop for essentials prior to embarkation
Recreational nitrox is available for a local charge.
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for Oceania will be £1200. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers? Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.
And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.
5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling within 12 months
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices
Your liveaboard package is in a standard twin/double cabin on a full board basis with all meals
Up to 4 dives per day, air fills, 12lt tanks, weights and weight belt
Transfers between Hoskins airport and Walinidi resort are include
Light laundry daily
This holiday excludes international flights to PNG Port Moresby or Hoskins. Ask for a competitive quote from your travel consultant. Excluded are any visa charges, additional kit hire, nitrox and any souvenirs. There is an environmental charge of $6 per person per night to pay onboard and a 10% sales tax.
Bar beverages available on board include wine, local beers, soft drinks and bottled water. A selection of white and red wine is available by the bottle or by the glass. Limited spirits are available, please feel free to drink your own duty free spirits on board.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.