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THE CONFLICT ISLAND RESORTS

LIVEABOARD & RESORT STAY
- Papua New Guinea -

THE DIVE TRIP


THE CONFLICT ISLANDS RESORT, Papua New Guinea, would like to take you on an

EPIC DIVE ADVENTURE!

Departing in late October & early December 2021 you will have a three-night SCUBA Dive Liveaboard & five-night Beachfront RESORT Stay. This is no ordinary dive trip, it offers the best of a diving adventure with a liveaboard & a resort stay, combined, with AWESOME diving!

After flying into Alotau airport (just over an hour from Port Moresby), you will be greeted & transferred to the marina where the Undersea Explorer awaits. The vessel is a spacious Liveaboard dive vessel that belongs to the Conflict Islands Resort. After meeting your fellow divers & a safety briefing you will steam out into Milne Bay to reach your first dive spot.

Upon waking its dive time to see Manta Rays! After spending the day observing these amazing marine creatures it's off to the Conflict Islands in the Louisiade’s Archipelago.

These islands are rarely visited & rarely dived and was named just last year as a "Hope Spot" by Mission Blue, as an area that needs to be protected for generations to come due to its diversity of coral & fish life.

The well-appointed Conflict Islands Resort is located on Panasesa Island, one of the 21 Islands that make up the atoll. Spend the next five nights in a beautiful Beachfront Bungalow with the island as your base. Each morning & afternoon head out on the boat with your local dive guide to experience the wonders of colourful hard & soft corals, fish life & turtles. Upon returning its time for your chef-prepared meals!

The Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative is also located on Panasesa Island not far from your accommodation. We will be lucky enough to be able to visit their turtle sanctuary which will have baby turtles & depending on the time of year, you may be able to see turtles arrive to nest (December Trip).

An unbelievable trip combining a liveaboard with an island resort topped off with diving which should be on every diver’s bucket list.

THIS WILL BE A DIVE HOLIDAY WHICH YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

NOTE: COVID cleaning & cancellation policies are in place.

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A great aerial view of beautiful, tropical paradise, the Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea

THE CONFLICT ISLANDS


"Our goal is effective protection and conservation of the ecosystems and species within the Conflict Island Atoll through sustainable ecological and economic management. This can be achieved through a concerted and passionate effort from all our affiliates and partners."  Ian Gowrie-Smith, Atoll Custodian

Located in the pristine waters of The Coral Sea, the Conflict Islands comprise of 21 untouched islands & boasts the most extensive biodiversity & coral reefs in the world. The main island, Panasesa Resort, is located 80 miles due East of Papua New Guinea, and accessible only by boat transfers from the Milne Bay capital, Alotau.
With a third of the world’s species of marine fish, the Conflict Islands are home to everything from the tiny ghost pipefish to the huge manta rays & tiger sharks. The 21 uninhabited tropical islands surround a spectacular lagoon and are currently under consideration for a World Heritage Marine Site. Among the group of islands, Irai Island has been found to have the second-best coral in the world with the most number of species noted in a single dive – a diver’s absolute dream!

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THE CONFLICT ISLANDS RESORT


The Conflict Islands Resort is located on the tropical island of Panasesa, a beautiful island located in the Conflict Islands group. This stunning island is surrounded by white sand & turquoise waters. 
The Resort 

Stay in a twin-share Bungalow located a few steps from a private, white beach. Each bungalow is air-conditioned, with either queen or twin single beds, set of draws, wardrobe & modern ensuite with toilet & shower. The front verandah overlooks the lagoon area, spacious & with deck chairs to relax, after the days diving!

The main building has an upstairs lounge area, with a dining option inside, or outside, on the balcony overlooking the crystal blue waters of the lagoon. Each meal will be prepared for you by their in house chef with a selection of local & international meals served a-la-carte. Local fruit, snacks & filtered water is offered throughout the day.

When not diving you can relax on your balcony, in the lounge or for the more adventurous snorkel the reefs around the island or perhaps standup paddleboarding. The choice of so many activities, amazing diving & exploring the island is yours!

Inclusions:

  • Return Alotau Airport to marina & overnight return marina to resort transfers
  • Twin-share beachfront Bungalow
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner - Chef prepared
  • Non-alcoholic drinks - water, tea, coffee, fresh coconuts
  • dive centre located in the resort
  • visit to the Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative 
  • dive gear is transported to dive tenders for you

Exclusions:

  • Alcohol & Soft drinks - extra charge
  • Dive courses or extra activities

UNDERSEA EXPLORER - THE VESSEL


The UNDERSEA EXPLORER is a dive liveaboard built in the 1990s. With her previous service in the Northern parts of Australia, she is now based in the Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea. The Conflict Islands are currently using her as a supply vessel, but don't be fooled, she is in pristine condition, excellently maintained, and fully equipped for this dive exploration.

The first two nights will be onboard transferring out to the Conflict Islands, diving along the way. ( The last night will also be spent onboard transferring back to Alotau. The normal transfer time is a 12-hour sail from the Islands to Alotau).

The Vessel

The vessel is geared for the scuba diver. The dive deck has plenty of storage, with freshwater rinse tubs for your cameras, & gear. A unique feature is the retractable dive platform, which allows the dive tender to get level with the diver for easy entry & exit. 

Onboard, the saloon is a relaxing, comfortable area, where meals & snacks can be had. The TV/ media centre is a large forward area, with loads of seating to stretch out. It can be used to check out your photos, watch videos in the downtime, & has a large camera charging station. The dive briefings will also be conducted here.

Dining will be in buffet style with the dining area set upstairs. Or the option in the saloon in bad weather.

With the capacity for 24 divers but restricted to 12 divers, it means you will have personalised service, space to relax & a really comfortable relaxed trip.

One which you will never forget!

Facilities:

  • Spacious twin share Cabins with shared facilities
  • Five combination head/ showers on the middle deck
  • Large Saloon & forward media room
  • Upper deck to relax with sunshade area's
  • Onboard cook
  • Large dive platform for entry to dive tenders
  • Diving from the dive tenders with a local guide

DATES & PRICE


24 OCTOBER - 01 NOVEMBER 2021                $3500 AUD

10 - 18 DECEMBER 2021                                    $3500 AUD

 

COST PER PERSON IN A TWIN-SHARE        Departs & returns to Alotau, PNG                8 Nights - 3 x Cabin (Liveaboard) + 5 x Bungalow ( CI Resort)  


A 10% deposit will be required on booking to secure your spot. No minimum number of divers.  

INCLUSIONS:

  • Three nights on-board the Undersea Explorer Liveaboard
  • Five nights based on a twin-share, in a Beachfront Bungalow
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner - chef-prepared meals (meals will vary from traditional to western-style using fresh produce & local ingredients). Dietary requirements can be catered for with notification within reason & well in advance.
  • Snacks, fresh fruit, tea & coffee, & filtered water available throughout the stay.
  • Up to four dives per day ( excluding the arrival in Alotau Day (day 1), the departure from the Conflict Islands to Alotau (day 8), & the last day, the departure from Alotau, (day 9)).
  • Local divemaster in small groups up to six divers
  • Diving from tenders
  • Weights, 12-litre Aluminium tanks included.
  • Dive equipment is available for hire - BCDS, Regulators, Dive Computers of mixed brands & snorkel equipment. No wetsuits are available.

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights & any domestic flights
  • Mandatory Travel Insurance & Dive Insurance - Insurance must cover emergency evacuation & medical costs & is the responsibility of the traveller before travelling
  • (Standard dive wavier & liability wavier will need to be signed on board. A PADI sample copy is here. Any medical questions with a yes MUST be accompanied by a doctors clearance as be outlined in the document, no medical doctor on-site or available on call on the day for dive medicals).
  • Any dive courses or extra services
  • No nitrox available
  • Any alcoholic or soft, drinks, onboard UE or at the resort. (Extra charge applies on a consumption basis).
  • Single cabin or room (single supplement is available)
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TERMS & CONDITIONS


Due to the remoteness, dive conditions, the use of the vessel, & the stay at the dive resort, the Conflict Islands Resort has the final confirmation or cancellation & the following terms will be applied.

A deposit will be required on booking to secure your spot. No minimum number of divers is required for the trip to run.

DIVING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Travel Insurance & Dive Insurance is mandatory - Insurance must cover emergency evacuation & medical costs (the closest could be Australia).
  • (Standard dive wavier & liability wavier will need to be signed on board. A PADI sample copy is here. Any medical questions with a yes MUST be accompanied by a doctors clearance as be outlined in the document)

PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • A refundable deposit of 10% per person will be applied to secure your spot
  • Full payment due 60 days before the arrival in Alotau date

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • up to 91 days until the departure date the deposit is refundable
  • 90 - 60 days before departure date loss of 10% deposit
  • 59-45 days before departure date 50% of total trip cost
  • 44 days or less from the scheduled departure date 100% cancellation fee ( full trip cost) is applied

ADDITIONAL ‘COVID-19 CLAUSE’: FREE RE-BOOKING

If you cannot travel for any of the COVID-19 reasons listed below, it will be possible to reschedule your booking to a future date within 24 months. All associated payments* will be applied to this new trip.

Valid for the same itinerary and in the same cabin/ bungalow as originally booked.

For this to be applicable, one of the following conditions must apply:

  • You have contracted the virus within 30 days to departure & can provide medical evidence to support this claim
  • Your country of residence prevents you from departing and/or re-entering due to their governmental guidelines & restrictions on the embarkation place of the liveaboard trip.
  • Papua New Guinea prevents you from entering due to their governmental guidelines & restrictions on your country of residence.

* If you wish to upgrade to a different itinerary, extra fees will apply. If you wish to downgrade to a shorter itinerary, we will not refund the price difference. 

If none of the above does not apply, our normal cancellation conditions apply (also listed above).


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