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THE CONFLICT ISLANDS RESORT, Papua New Guinea, would like you to share in an


TBA Dates in 2024 

Stay & dive at a beautiful Beachfront RESORT!
The Conflict Islands Resort is located in the Hope Spot of the Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea, with access to pristine waters, abundant corals & underwater life. 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 vessel that belongs to the Conflict Islands Resort, with cabins & facilities to make your trip out pleasant. After meeting your fellow divers & a safety briefing you will steam out into Milne Bay on your way to the resort.

Upon waking you will see the majestic islands of the Conflict Islands located in the Louisiade’s Archipelago.

These islands are rarely visited & rarely dived and were named in 2021 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.


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


"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!



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!


  • 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


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


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, with her in pristine condition, excellently maintained, and fully equipped.

The first night will be onboard transferring out to the Conflict Islands, and the last night will also be spent onboard transferring back to Alotau. The normal transfer time is around a 12-hour sail from the Alotau to the islands.

The Vessel

The vessel has been geared for the scuba diver and is today used as a transport vessel for the islands. 

Onboard, the saloon is a relaxing, comfortable area, where meals & snacks can be had. The TV/ media center is a large forward area, with loads of seating to stretch out. 

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

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

One which you will never forget!


  • 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
  • Onboard cook


       TBA 2024                          starting from $4850 AUD

COST PER PERSON IN A TWIN-SHARE        Departs & returns to Alotau, PNG                7 x Nights Waterfront Bungalow ( CI Resort)  

A 25% deposit will be required on booking to secure your spot.  


  • Seven 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. (Dinner only on Day 1 & breakfast on Day 9 only)
  • Snacks, fresh fruit, tea & coffee, & filtered water are available throughout the stay.
  • Up to three 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)). Optional night dive can be arranged as well.
  • Local divemaster in small groups of 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.


  • 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 waiver & liability waiver will need to be signed on board. A PADI sample copy is here. Any medical questions with a yes MUST be accompanied by a doctor's clearance as 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)
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION FEE: A PGK 250.00 per person environment & conservation levy will be charged (on the island) which is donated directly to help support our conservation partners Conflict Island Conservation Initiative (CICI) for the protection and conservation of this pristine environment for future generations.


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.


  • Minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver


  • Travel Insurance & Dive Insurance is mandatory - Insurance must cover emergency evacuation & medical costs (the closest could be Australia).
  • (Standard dive waiver & liability waiver 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)


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


  • 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 the total trip cost
  • 44 days or less from the scheduled departure date 100% cancellation fee ( full trip cost) is applied


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 12 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:

  • Within 14 days of your departure, 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.
  • Within 14 days of your departure, 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).

Prices are subject to change.

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