Nomadic Scuba loves Tufi for its unspoilt pristine dive sites that have barely been witnessed by scuba divers if at all, the relaxed atmosphere within the resort itself and above all, The Papuan people. Our founder, Matt Waters managed the dive operations at Tufi a few years ago and discovered lots of new dive reefs. Feel free to ask as many questions of Matt as you like, he’s always keen to share his local knowledge. Better still, join us on an expedition and Matt will lead the way.
Tufi can be found perched above the Ira’s of the northern coast of Oro Province. 50 minutes flight from the capital Port Moresby, 187 km from the next dive facility and looking out over the Solomon Sea. There are a number of villages in the immediate vicinity of Tufi and a lot of the Tufi staff reside within them. The main transportation links in the area are by boat or local outrigger canoe or by foot.
Diving and when to visit
The coastal waters and reefs of Tufi resort are still untouched with many still to be discovered and dived. Diving can occur on the outer reefs (3-21km offshore) or in the Fjords, although the Fjords are more for a macro hunters eye and visibility is somewhat reduced. The outer reefs boast a bio-diversity that has yet to be rivalled in the eyes of the Nomadic Scuba staff and a normal days diving would consist of pan flat water with visibility 40-50m with no other dive boats within 180km.
The best period of the year to visit is end of November until the beginning of April. Outside of this time period and you cannot be assured of being able to reach the outer reefs due to the shift in wind direction and the trade winds creating larger wave formations. Nov-April will maximize your opportunities of diving on the outer reefs which are untouched by man especially when the trade winds are not present and the sea is pan flat.
Recommended period of stay
With only 3 scheduled flights per week to and from Port Moresby (PNG Air) we would recommend a minimum stay of 4 nights but better with 7. A four night stay arriving on the 9am Monday flight will allow you to complete a check-out dive and prepare your dive equipment at the Tufi dive shop ready for a 3 dive day Tuesday and Wednesday. Leaving on the Friday 4pm flight will allow you 1 or 2 dives on Thursday morning with sufficient time to fly and equipment drying time, totaling 8-10 dives for the visit.
Tufi’s outer reefs make for exceptional snorkeling with the majority of them shallowing up to less then 5m there is always something to see. The beautiful reefs and plethora of fish makes this a truly amazing snorkeling destination for those who may have non-diving partners. Tufi welcome non-divers and are more than happy to place an additional member of the dive team on the boat to assist snorkelers whilst the divers explore beneath the surface.
Note: quoted prices based on a 4 night visit with 8 outer reef dives.
Papua New Guinea is one of the few remaining hidden gems in scuba diving. With the remote locations being inaccessible to most types of vehicle, the outer lying reefs tend not to be fished due to this very reason. As such, the reefs bloom as does the fish aquatic life. Depending on your choice of destination within PNG you can witness all types of aquatic life, Hammerhead, grey, white and black tip sharks, even Oceanic White Tips from time to time. Macro for those with a keen eye include Lacy scorpion fish and Nudibranchs to Anenome crabs and shrimps.
Tufi is a magical location with everything on its doorstep and a scuba divers playground measuring hundreds of square kilometers.