These pictures were taken in October of 2001 while on the dive boat Tiata. Our route took us from Rabaul on the island of New Britain to New Ireland, up to Kavieng and New Hanover, then to Djaul Island and back to Rabaul.

The diving in Papua New Guinea is some of the best I have seen anywhere in the world. The reefs there are unspoiled and the fish populations are healthy. There was a lot of action during World War II around New Guinea and the seas there are littered with all kinds of wrecks: ships, submarines and aircraft.

It is truly a diver's and photographer's paradise.

All photos were taken with an Olympus 4040 digital camera in a Tetra housing. Underwater light was provided by two Sea & Sea YS-120 strobes.

Click on the small image to see it full-size.           Click here for slideshow.           Google Maps
Map of Papua New Guinea Sunrise off Rabaul. The mountains you see are volcanos. School of Chevron Barracuda at Djaul Island The barracudas form their school into a circle The circle is complete
Heller's Barracuda at Chapman's Reef, New Hanover School of Batfish at Taun, New Hanover Blue-Spotted Stingray out hunting at night Kevin Baldwin, Tiata's owner, gives a briefing A well-camouflaged Crocodile Fish off New Ireland
A close-up of the Crocodile Fish Silvertip Shark near New Hanover Another Silvertip Native canoes, New Ireland, bringing fresh produce An Emperor Angelfish, one of my favorites
A Lyretail Rockcod hides in a sea fan Damselfish hovering over the coral Noel Taylor and a large Cuttlefish, New Ireland Japanese 'Kate' torpedo bomber from WWII Japanese 3-man mini sub, sunk during WWII
Diver and the torpedo tubes on the sub Diver and the hatch + conning tower of the sub The Tiata at Djual Island The reef with Djaul Island in the background A Regal Angelfish at Djaul Island
A Clown Triggerfish A colorful Hermit Crab Lionfish on the wall at Chemisso Pass, New Ireland The wall at Chapman's Reef A pair of Clown Anenomefish at home
Cup Corals at night An afternoon at Djaul Island A Moray Eel hiding in the coral Soft coral and a Longnose Hawkfish A local kid watches me pass beneath his canoe
The crew of the Tiata: Steve, Micah, Kevin and Joe A large school of Pennantfish A Sweetlips at Chapman's Reef, New Hanover An intoxicated Hawksbill Turtle near New Hanover A Trevally (or Jack), about 2 feet long
A Lionfish out hunting at night

Return to the main page.