Deacon's Reef is a picturesque coral atoll located in Milne Bay 1 km from the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea. This site is situated in the Coral Triangle which biological diversity is close to being the highest one in the world.
While swimming along the multicoloured reef wall, you will see numerous stony and soft corals, gorgonians, anemones, and barrel sponges, which multiple cracks have become home to clownfish, lionfish, octopuses, lobsters, marine angelfish, butterflyfish, wrasses, cuttlefish, seahorses, and sea slugs. You can also see and take photos of rare Green Tubastrea Coral.
In the deeper part of the reef, you can encounter manta rays, and if you are lucky, you will see whale sharks, wobbegongs, grey reef sharks, and even humpback whales.
The reef was named after an Australian underwater photographer who was among the first to take pictures here in the late 1980's. Thanks to him, the world discovered the beauty of this place.
Depth starts from 8 meters and the majority of underwater glories can be seen up to 18 meters below. There are no strong currents here, so the site is perfect even for beginners. And experienced divers will find this place exciting as well: swim a bit further and you will reach a slope that quickly falls down to 30 meters
Diving is possible all year round with the water temperature staying at +25-28 °C. The wet season lasts from May to August with a chance of visibility getting worse, but the rest of the time, it is perfect, reaching 20 to 30 meters.
You can reach the site by boat only. The most popular route is from Alotau or directly from the capital, Port Moresby. An even more convenient variant is to stay in a large dive hotel in Laudi village which is very close to the site.
|Diving Types||Fun, Night, Deep|
|Depth||18 m avg, 30 m max|
|Bottom Type||Coral Reef / Aquarium|
|Visibility||20 m avg, 30 m max|
|GPS location||-10.2710, 150.6274|