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THE UNDERSEA EXPLORER
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THE TRIP


Pelagic Dive Travel in collaboration with the Conflict Islands Papua New Guinea, would like to invite you on a SCUBA Dive Liveaboard with AMAZING DIVING while supporting local communities!

Choose either a seven-night or a nine-night liveaboard into the far reaches of MILNE BAY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. This is not just an ordinary dive liveaboard, with awesome diving, it’s also about the local communities to ensure their future.

The vessel will travel into remote areas around Milne Bay, visiting islands in the Louisiade’s Archipelago. These islands are rarely visited and almost never dived. In these areas, the local communities are creating or have already created, Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA's). These LMMA's areas are special in the sense that they are protected with the goal to create a sustainable marine environment. With permission from the communities, we will dive these areas, see amazing coral & fish life.

Part of our responsibility is to maintain the pristine nature, so the diving groups are limited to a maximum of six divers each, with a local guide. In support of these communities and their environments, we pay a fee, per diver, to visit, called a Kastom Fee, and where we can, we will make a land visit to the community. (Each diver is asked to bring school supplies to pass onto the children in these communities).

You will also have Terry Smith from Pelagic Dive Travel for the duration of the trip. He will meet & greet you at Alotau airport, escort you to your embarkation point, support you throughout the trip until you depart. You will be looked after from start to finish.

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

DETAILS

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 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. This allows the dive tender to get level with the diver for easy entry & exit into it.

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, and has a large camera charging station. The dive driefings will also be conduicted 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 chef
  • Large dive platform for entry to dive tenders
  • Diving from the dive tenders with a local guide

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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YOUR HOST


The Founder of Pelagic Dive Travel, TERRY SMITH, will accompany you on these amazing dive explorations.

Terry has been a dive instructor for 16 years and travelled to many parts of the world diving. With a passion for the marine environment, he visited the Conflict Islands, in support of the Coral Sea Foundations' Sea Women of Melanesia Program. 


" I visited the Conflict Islands this year & I was truly amazed at the healthy coral coverage. There are "lawns" of colourful soft & hard corals stretching into the distance; giant fans in an array of colours. A truly amazing destination where each dive was such a joy.  I also saw & heard from local elders, that there is a need to create awareness, that these amazing areas are under threat. Hopefully bringing divers here we can support local communities & show the world their environments so that these areas be given more protection!" - Terry Smith


With his attention to organisation details, the knowledge that the diving & sites in this area are amazing, plus the fact he will accompany you to ensure everything runs smoothly, you are assured of a truly fantastic trip!


Terry Smith

Pelagic Dive Travel

TERMS & CONDITIONS


Due to the remoteness, dive conditions & exclusive use of the vessel, the following terms will be applied.

A deposit will be required on booking to secure your spot. Due to the nature of this charter, a minimum number of 10 divers must be reached. If this number is not reached 90 days before the scheduled departure date the vessel departure will be cancelled. If a diver has booked this cancelled trip a full refund of deposit ( less any fees that occurred from the diver's side), or an opportunity to rebook on another scheduled departure.

DIVING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Travel Insurance & Dive Insurance is mandatory - Insurance must cover emergency evacuation & medical costs
  • (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 with a doctors clearance as be outlined in the document)

PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500AUD per person will be applied to secure your spot
  • Full payment due 89 days before the departure date

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • The Conflict Islands will assess that minimum numbers of 10 Divers will be met 90 days before the set departure date - if not met the trip will be cancelled & full deposit refunded or diver rescheduled for another trip
  • up to 9o days until departure date loss of deposit
  • 89 days or less from scheduled departure date 100% cancellation fee ( full trip cost) is applied


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