Having just undergone an extensive refurbishment, the MV Oceania is the newest liveaboard to cruise the waters of Papua New Guinea. This luxury catamaran will conduct liveaboard itineraries out of Walindi Plantation Resort, exploring the healthy coral reefs and seamounts of Kimbe Bay, Fathers Reefs and the Witu Islands.
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At 27-meters in length, the MV Oceania accommodates just 16 guests in beautifully appointed suites. Specialist dive itineraries are scheduled throughout the year, with the option for charter itineraries focusing on bird life or other leisure activities also available.
The MV Oceania can accommodate up to 16 guests in her 9 cabins, with the option for single, twin share or queen bedrooms. All boast private bathrooms and individually controlled air conditioning and are situated on the above deck for the comfort of guests.
Meals onboard the MV Oceania combine both Western and Asian dishes, with a focus on locally sourced seafood and beef. Seasonal fruits and vegetables accompany most meals, with special dietary requests accommodated whenever possible.
There are a sophisticated salon and dining areas onboard the MV Oceania where meals are served, together with a spacious sun deck upstairs where you can relax in between dives.
The MV Oceania explores the marine-rich waters of the Bismarck Sea, which is renowned for its beautiful reefs and fascinating seamounts. It’s located within the Coral Triangle, a global hub of marine life that has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral species in the world.
Divers can expect to get up close to a myriad of fish, crustacean and invertebrates, including big schools of barracuda and tuna. Pods of dolphins are regularly sighted, together with both hammerhead and silvertip sharks, while orcas and whale sharks are occasional visitors.
A variety of itineraries are offered throughout the year on this Papua New Guinea liveaboard to take advantage of the changing weather patterns and best dive conditions. The signature 10-night itinerary encompasses Kimbe Bay, the Witu Islands and Fathers Reefs during the most favorable weather conditions, which stretch from mid-September to November, then again from April to June.
The mid-year itinerary operates from June through to August and is slightly shorter at 8 nights duration, exploring Kimbe Bay and either Fathers Reefs or the Witu Islands. In late-November and early December, the MV Oceania offers a Witu Islands itinerary, focusing on the coral reefs and black sand bays of this archipelago in the northwest of Kimbe Bay.
Water temperatures vary from around 84-87°F (29-31°C) throughout the region, with most divers comfortable in a 3mm wetsuit or “shorty”, while visibility extends from 80-150 feet (24-45 meters).
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