Every year, my husband and I travel to a diving destination around the Pacific-Asia ring. Papua New Guinea has always been a favourite place to visit and we’ve dived Walindi on East New Britain twice, Tufi on the eastern side of the main island and Lissenung, a tiny island near the main island of Kavieng. In between PNG we’ve also visited Uepi in the Solomon Islands. Our next diving adventure in 2013 is Fiji’s Matava Eco Resort on the island of Kadavu, a short flight from the main island of Viti Levu and then a further 40 minute boat ride to the resort.
Travelling to third world countries does have its challenge – e.g. missed connecting flights even though you have allowed plenty of time; flights cancelled at the last minute necessitating stop overs in Port Moresby and very early next morning departures and flights that bypass the destination due to weather. All part of the adventure! However, when you finally reach your resort, the enjoyment of meeting new people, learning basic language skills, diving and seeing new marine life is well worth the “getting there” experience.
One of the most frequently asked questions is “which is the best dive destination?”. Our answer, we enjoy them all for what they are and don’t compare one destination with another. Experience them for yourself and make up your own mind.