DIVING WITH M.V. CHERTAN

 

The Milne Bay area is famous for its visibility ranging up to 50+ meters!! Big currents mean big animals and a its huge range of species. Whilst SCUBA diving along the north coast on the many drop offs you may encounter large pelagic such as Hammerhead and Whale Sharks, as well as Devil Rays and Manta Rays on dives from the MV Chertan liveaboard. 

 

One of the main reasons the MV Chertan Liveaboard has become legendary worldwide and ranked as one of the best places to explore scuba diving is because of the rare critters you can find on many dive sites. When taking a trip to the beautiful reef pinnacles you'll see an incredible array of wildlife residing there from the large pelagic to really rare small creatures, some of which are yet to be scientifically named. With each expedition with us, you could make history!

The province consists of a large cluster of islands on the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. With seven groups of islands in total, you'll discover some of the most diverse diving the world has to offer. The islands are made up Trobriand, Woodlark & Laghlin, Louisade Archipelago, the Conflict Group, Samarai and finally the D'Entrecasteaux Group. With each area offering a totally unique and refreshing diving experience, you'll be spoiled for choice and lucky to be among the few explorers to ever venture here. Diving around these waters has the best dive sites in the world!

 

A cruise on the MV Chertan offers unlimited diving for the enthusiast, as well as an introduction to the fascinating local culture.

 

You’ll encounter everything from dugouts, dugongs and plunging coral drop-offs to towering volcanic mountains, skull caves, thermal springs and on request of course birds of paradise!

 

Most dive sites are fairly easy diving with little or no current. However, there are dive sites which we visit, which are open-ocean pinnacles where the currents may be stronger. Diving the pinnacles can be tricky and appropriate precautions will be made to ensure your safety is top priority.

With over 100 years of combined experience under our belt in this area and our competent crew we'll show you the most efficient ways of tackling the dive so you can enjoy the experience. We offer an extensive range of PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster as well as PADI specialty courses such as Nitrox.

 

Diving with us in this region is truly a once in a lifetime experience, so join the MV Chertan Dive Liveaboard for the perfect SCUBA diving vacation.

 

Expedition Guide

Note: All trips can be tailored to your wishes, please CONTACT US for any requests

Dive Liveaboard Specs & Rates

 

Length

Beam

Main Engine

Electronics

Power available

Accomodation

Facilities

Compressor system

Exploratory Dive Safari

 

Whole Boat Charter - Contact Us

Dives Unlimited

 

Muck Dive Nudiebranch Safari

 

Whole Boat Charter - Contact Us

Dives Unlimited

 

Note: Exploratory dives and muck dives can be mixed

Dive Safari

Per person per night

Standard Base Cabins 1 & 2 $380.00

 

Per person per night

Middle Deluxe cabins 3 & 4 $395.00

 

Whole cabin per night

Double Executive Cabin 5 $870.00

Dives Unlimited

 

Social Shared Charter
The Perfect Private Charter

60 feet - 18.3 

21 feet - 6.4 

8LXB Gardner 

Echo Sounder, SSB Radio, VHF Radio, Auto Pilot, 

20KWA, 240V, 12V, 

10 persons; 5 twin share air-conditioned 

2 bathrooms on top deck 3 on 

2 X 12 cu ft Bristol with 3 X 500 cu ft bank system

 

All rates are per person, per day in US Dollars
 

The Chertan's Dive Sites

 

WAHOO POINT

A small point located on the North side of the mainland with a shelf from 15ft to 50ft in depth and dropping with a sheer wall down to 200+'. This site is frequently visited by Hammerheads, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Minki Whales and on special occasions, Orcas. The site also hosts a variety of anenomies, a school of Barracuda and very large Elephant ear sponges. A great place for underwater wide angle photography lovers.

 

COBB'S CLIFF

This dive site has a steep drop off on one side down to 150ft+' rising to just 20ft below the surface and dropping back in the center to a sandy lagoon to 60ft. This dive site is frequently visited by very large pelagics such as : Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks & Whale sharks. The reef also hosts a variety of macro subjects such as leaf scorpion fish, Rhinopious, Blue Ribbon Eels, Elegant Fire Gobys, and much more very rare trophies.

 

PELAGIC POINT

This dive site has relatively strong current and because of this there are large quantities of fish patrolling a steep wall dropping off to 130 feet. Sharks are often sighted on this site. The top of the reef which is approximately 215 feet, has a large number of bommies hosting a magnificent variety of sea life, ie: crabs, rays, rays not to mention all the fish.

 

TANIA'S REEF

Scuba diving Tania's reef is an easy dive starting with a large coral mount coming from 140 ft to just 8 ft from the surface. When diving this place we are able to dive around the full circumference of the reef with a single tank. The South side of the reef is covered with soft corals of all types. Very large schools of fish feed off this face. The reef also plays host to giant clams and sea turtles.

 

LAUADI

This dive site you could spend a number of dives/days doing, this location actually has two separate dives, straight off the boat, no deeper than 25ft of water you have an incredible collection of cleaning stations, scuba divers are able to get their teeth cleaned if they wish. The site has a variety of octopuses and on occasions, the Mimic has appeared.

 

CHERIE'S REEF

This is a beautiful drift dive along a slope that's covered with large Gorgonians and littered with large schools of fish. Particular Gorgonians host the infamous Pigmy Sea Horse.

 

OBSERVATION POINT

A true rubble dive. Sand slopes going down 100' host snake eels, Star Gazers, Pipe fish, Flamboyant cuttle fish, Mimic Octopus, Spanish Dancers, Cuttle fish, Fire urchins with Coleman shrimp and the Bugs Bunny Scorpion fish.

 

SPONGE HEAVEN

A sheer wall starting at 2' below the surface dropping to 200+' Honey combed with small caves. Huge variety of sponges and home to a variety of Nudibranchs, including the large Spanish Dancer. Beautiful night dive.

 

JASON'S REEF

A small coral mound located in 150 feet of water. This mound has large schools of Banner fish and Fusiliers as well as many pelagics. Also on this mound is the sought after Rhinopious or Weedy Scorpion fish.

 

LITTLE CHINA

A coral mound coming out of 150 feet of water. Typical of over 30 dive sites in close proximity. Large schools of fish over the front face, soft coral gardens where both macro and wide angle photographers can be more than satisfied.

 

MICHELLE'S REEF

This wonderful dive site is Located on the North Coast, this is one of the best diving places for both macro and wide angle. A shallow wall dropping off to 25 feet. Beautiful swim-through with gorgonians growing off the wall and sea bed. Able to shoot up into the jungle canopy from 20ft of water. Also ideal for macro photographers lovers, a large variety of nudibranchs, Pegasus fish and on occasions Mimic octopus.

 

CRINOID CITY

Healthy Coral mound coming up from 120 feet of water. As it's name suggests, it plays host to a variety of crinoids. The front slope of this reef is covered with a variety of black coral trees. Off the slope, huge schools of fusiliers, anthias and jacks circle. Excellent for wide angle.

 

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