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“Dolphins, sharks, turtles... Wow!!!”

Kabaira Dive & Tours Rabaul
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Owner description: Kabaira Dive & Tours Rabaul is a recreational SCUBA diving operation that also specialises in a variety of land and sea tours in and around Rabaul & Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. Based at Vunagam Estate on the Rabaul-Kokopo Road, Kabaira Dive operates tours throughout the Gazelle Peninsula region encompassing the townships of Rabaul and Kokopo, and the North Coast of New Britain Island. In addition to the base at Vunagam Estate, Kabaira Dive has a tour desk at Kabaira Beach Hideaway. Operating since 2003, Kabaira Dive services all accommodation in the Rabaul-Kokopo region of East New Britain. Tours and activities can be tailored for individuals or groups alike. Activities in the area include:• Island and snorkelling day trips• Fishing• SCUBA diving• World War I and II historical tours• Land tours of active and dormant volcanoes (including mountain climbs) and hot springs.• Learning about the culture of the local Tolai and Baining people.
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Lloyd made the trip super fun. Not only did we dive for almost two hours but we got a chance to see lots of sharks and swam with incredible schools of dolphins. Worth the 450 PGK! Tip - bring lots of sunscreen and snacks.

4  Thank Luca G
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

The fish life are not as prolific as those that I have encountered in Tufi, Madang or Kavieng. Because the dive sites are fringing reefs running close along the coastline, visibility was poor during my trip due to discharge from the main rivers. Paul, the dive guide, did shark calling at some sites and on 1 particular dive, 4 grey reefs appeared and was my highlight of the trip. There was no ladder on the boat on the first few days when I was diving and it was difficult for me to pull myself up from the water. My package was booked through www.pngholidays.com.au and got a deal 5 days diving+house reef for $500 which was good value. The company also conducts historical tours and I have immensely enjoyed them.

2  Thank Synapsegaba
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

I have wonderful memories of diving with Kabiera Dive. Lloyd, the dive leader, and Richard, the skipper, were both very friendly and very helpful. Richard was especially willing to offer local knowledge, and his assistance with gear was careful and professional. Lloyd, who took me on most of my dives, was a local to the area and sought out the best sites with attention to detail, ensuring the best conditions and safest diving. Seeing the near microscopic ghost pipe fish was an unexpected lump in the throat experience. As was the romantic scene of young picanninies paddling their outriggers out to watch us dive.
The diving in New Britain is terrific, with both wonderful reef and wreck diving. Surface intervals were lazy and delicious, with muffins and tropical fruit. (New Britain passionfruit is an experience you will not forget.) Either we just lay around in the sun, stopped off for a walk around a deserted tropical island or hung off the side of the boat watching pods of spinner dolphin (often in excess of 100). My arms were aching by the end of this, but as for many experiences with diving, the adrenalin relocates you to childhood fixation. I did 10 dives with Kabiera, and would have to say that they were the best island based dive organizations I have dived with.
PNG is not (curiously enough) a thriving dive destination, and when I was there most of the dives involved only myself, Richard and LLoyd. This never seemed a problem to them. There was always a sense of them trying to make my dives as enjoyable an experience as they could. As an instance, I like diving as early as possible so I have the rest of my day to spend with my wife. Kabiera started each day earlier for me upon request.
New Britain was my first experience with PNG, which turned out to be positive and memorable, and the experience was due largely to Kabiera Dive.

4  Thank vocircumstance
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Didn't actually stay at the resort but the diving is excellent and dives are well led. Bargain rates too. Dive through this group no matter where you stay.

2  Thank McKleinzie
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

A group of divers from the Newcastle area
went to Kabaira Dive Resort - Rabaul in
May 2011 for a week of diving in the warm
and clear waters of PNG.
After an hour’s delay on the tarmac in Sydney
and a dash between airport terminals in Port
Moresby, we all made it safely on-board our
Air Niugini flight to Kokopo Airport, East
New Britain. It was pouring with rain when
we arrived, but it wasn’t heavy enough to
dampen our spirits, as Stephen and Paul from
Kabaira Dive picked us up for the hour’s
drive across the island to the resort, on
Ataliklikun Bay (ask Spiro how to pronounce
The next day dawned sunny and warm and
we were feeling great to be away from the
atrocious late autumn Australian weather for
a few days diving.
Our first two dives were easy wall and reef drift
dives (Horse Shoe Reef and East Point) These
were check out dives. Viz was a little disappointing
at about 15m, due to the late finish to
the wet season, but it was great to see coral,
while Graham and Damo saw a black tip reef
shark. We went back to the resort for lunch, then
dived the excellent Kabaira house reef. This dive
is available free every afternoon!
That night we sat down over cold beers with our
dive leader Paul for a discussion and it was decided
the Rabaul wrecks were what the majority
of the group wanted to do, along with some of
the outer reefs, north of Ataliklikun Bay. Unfortunately,
Paul had to inform us that one of Rabaul’s
signature dives - the fully intact Japanese
‘Pete’ Biplane couldn’t be dived, due to a land
dispute over the beach it is sunk off. Apparently,
angry natives waving machetes make a more
convincing argument than any amount of pleading
or bribery that we could come up with!
Over the next five days we dived:
George’s wreck - this is an unidentified Japanese
Minelayer sitting upright, but on a steep
slope, from 11m down to 55m. It has good penetration
possibilities and is littered with sea-fans
and black coral at the deeper end.
Sub Base - An awesome wall dive, with excellent
viz, where the sea floor drops vertically
down from 2m to over 200m! An easy drift halfway
along the wall will find what appears to be
the business end of a Japanese torpedo (minus
the warhead) half buried in a cleft. We initially
didn’t believe it was a torpedo until we saw one
the same as it in the grounds of the Rabaul war
Italy Maru - at 48m, this was one for the keener
rust monkeys - Grant, Spiro and Damo, who tell
us it was excellent! The rest of us - Matt,
Graham and John did a muck dive on the
Vunagam House reef that included an encounter
with a very large Spanish Mackerel.
Manko Maru - Jap freighter, sitting in 33m,
with some good penetration and a large
school of batfish.Iwate Maru - Jap freighter
in 25m. This was not a good dive, viz was
about 4m and very green, while the wreck
was so smashed from bombs and salvagers
that it was difficult to tell bow from stern, or
even up from down!
Japanese Zero - in 30m, just off the beach
near Kokopo. The Zero is fully intact, apart
from the cockpit canopy. It was awesome to
be diving on such an iconic piece of WW2
Kulah Wrecks - These are 3 smallish coastal
vessels purposely scuttled in the 90’s off the
Kulah Resort, around the coast from Rabaul.
The two deepest are in around 30 - 40m, but
the best is the shallow wreck, lying on its
port side in only 10m. It was covered in
bright corals and had some good penetration
opportunities. Watch out for the stonefish
though! This dive was so good we called off
the afternoon reef dive and did the wrecks
Kabaira House Reef Night Dive - Again, an
excellent experience. If you love weird critters,
don’t miss an opportunity to go night
diving in New Guinea!
On our last day we went in search of big fish
out on the Bainings Reef system. Unfortunately
we were to be a little disappointed as
only one shark and a turtle were spotted,
although there was plenty of other fish about.
The sea snake that decided to join us in the
boat for morning tea caused a bit of excitement.
Spiro did an excellent Steve Irwin
impression by flicking it over the side
(without dying in the process!) . Our final
dive for the trip was also at Bainings - Dinner
plate reef, which featured absolutely
massive table corals, stacked down from 5 -
25m deep.
Our last day was the traditional WW2 tour
around Rabaul, which included the Sub Base
tunnels, the Betty Bomber wreck and a visit to
the hot springs near the base of the active volcano
(the younger rust monkeys had climbed
the volcano earlier in the week).
And so, all too soon, our trip was over and we
began the long journey home.
The Kabaira Resort we found to be clean and
comfortable and although it is quite rustic, it
has a friendly native village atmosphere. The
food did not seem to stop at meal times and all
meals are included in the booking - excellent
value! Totally on their own initiative the local
villagers came down one evening and performed
a sing-sing for us, with drummers,
dancers and a choir from the local church - it
was an authentic PNG experience!
Our hosts Stephen and his mother Linda, our
guides Lloyd and Paul and boat drivers Vinnie
and Rudolf were all great and it was like they
were part of our group from the first day.
The Diving side of the trip was very well organised,
apart from some small issues with
leaky boats and faulty bilge pumps. Kabaira
Dive are expanding their operations with the
purchase of another dive operator on the Rabaul
side of the island and plans to purchase a
bigger boat. We all had a great time and looking
forward to going back in the future to see
how they are getting along.

5  Thank MattD71
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