TUFI DIVE RESORT

INTRODUCING TUFI AND TUFI DIVE RESORT

Stunning, untouched, full of life, full of surprises and clearly very rarely visited – that best sums up the diving off Tufi. Reefs rise up from hundreds of metres of depth and some break the surface. There are always sharks and always pelagics.  Some of these outer reefs have strong currents. The dive boat is covered and offers comfortable rides to and from these sites, and some are up to 45 minutes away. The crew of the Tufi Resort knows them well. Besides the obvious known reefs there are so many sites to explore under the guidance of the professional Tufi Dive Team, that you simply cannot go wrong. Diving in Tufi is an essential addition to a PNG dive holiday.

TUFI Dive Resort has possibly one of the most dramatic settings found in New Guinea.  Papua New Guinea is one of the most appealing dive destinations with so many diverse destinations within; from the best liveaboards to the tiny islands of Northern New Ireland. Tufi Resort is one of those diverse destinations. Unlike traditional beach resorts Tufi Dive Resort is located on a cliff top in the Oro Province and overlooking the ocean.  In spite of this lack of conventionality, Tufi is one of the must-visit dive locations in PNG. It has incredible diving, with a perfect combination of adrenaline reefs packed with sharks, to some of the finest calm macro dives in the fjord lands.  Tufi has its quirks however and on this page, we hope to inform you of how to get the very best dive vacation at Tufi Dive Resort.

THE DIVE LODGE

To best describe Tufi Dive Resort would be to liken it to a safari lodge in Tanzania. It is made up of a series of diver friendly air conditioned bungalows with balconies. The rooms are quite comfortable and the food is excellent, but this is the most rural and basic locations in PNG, so you should not expect five star hotel experiences.  The staff are brilliantly led by the gentle and yet so competent Brian Boustridge. He and his team cater for special diets and special requests. Tufi Dive Resort is however unique in its appearance. It is not on a beach, indeed beaches are hard to come by in Fjords, but on a cliff overlooking the sea.

Tufi dive resort sports an amazing view of the surrounding fjords and hills from the rooms, balconies and dining area. A small pool is situated in the centre of the lush gardens between bar area and viewing deck. Dinners and drinks are served sometimes in the cosy restaurant or made into a feast with open air BBQ on the decking area overlooking the stunning fjord. The resort only has 10 rooms, so space is limited. Most packages are full board, but on the standard packages there can be some small but niggling hidden charges added. We always sell an ALL inclusive package at this resort to avoid any extra laundry or internet charges. Please contact us for a fully inclusive package stay at Tufi Dive Resort.

THE LOCAL AREA

The fjords are called fjords as they look exactly like fjords in a tropical setting, but in essence they are of an entirely different making – where fjords are cut out in the landscape by ancient slow moving glaciers, these ravines in Tufi are made thousands of years ago when volcanic lava streams simmered down and carved them out. The lava and volcanic ash left a highly nutritious layer of soil and residue and the green hills and jungle all around are the stunning result.

This means that besides diving, the location is superb for hikers, bird watchers, kayakers and fishermen. The Resort organises day trips but even a 1 hour stroll outside the resort has you right in the middle of lush greenery with scenic views of the fjords, while a myriad of colorfull birds and butterflies dance around you while you hike.

An interesting fact about the butterflies near Tufi Dive Resort is that the famous Queen Alexandra Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae), the largest butterfly in the world, is endemic to this Oro Province and is now listed as highly endangered (CITES, IUCN Red List 1996)– if you have a chance, ask the local guides to search for pupas or fully  grown butterflies known to be around. This intriguing insect needs the old growth forests of the Oro Province to thrive and feed in and is restricted to local habitat areas for mating. They only live for about 3 months, so you have to be there at the right time!  The stunning Queen Alexandra Birdwing can reach a wingspan of just over 25 cm wide – the size of a small bird.

Guides at Tufi Dive resort and all staff hail from the local villages – their families are fishermen and small scale subsistence farmers and extremely friendly. When dressing up for a sing-sing at the Tufi Dive Resort their traditionally painted faces with white dotted lines are as pretty and dainty as their flower- filled surroundings.

 DIVING INFORMATION

The scuba diving is mind-blowing around Tufi but you need to know what you will see depending upon the time you go. The best time to dive the outer reefs of Tufi, is when the sea is calm: between November and June. There is an argument that says that Tufi is best visited during this calm time, but we inspected Tufi Resort in theheight of the winds and found the diving to be spectacular in the calm waters, but this is what you need to know.

The outer reefs off the coast are beyond compare. They are literally shark infested coral structures that poke out of the water. The outer reefs of Tufi are located in crystal clear blue water between 4 and 20 miles offshore. During the calm season, you can be on the dive site very swiftly. But in the cusp seasons, you will need to travel for longer periods (45 mins and more) in a mild sea state. This is not for everyone, so if you don’t have your sea legs and you want to see sharks, tuna and barracuda in great viz, make sure you visit between November and June. When the wind blows hard even the hardiest divers cannot get out of the inlets. This is the perfect time to dive the fjords. These are world class dive sites in their own right. The fjord reefs are packed with coral, fish and nudibranchs. The only issue is that the visibility hangs around 10-25metres and the water can be green. To the experienced diver this is of no matter as the marine life is so prolific as to need a week to explore the fjords alone.

When diving from Tufi Resort, there are 2 main different areas to focus on. There are a huge number of dive sites inside these fjords offering stunning diversity and vibrant reefs. The green water should not hold you back – go below 12 metres and visibility clears up! These fjord dives around Tufi are easily accessible, in warm waters, and within easy reach of the resort. A macro –photographers dream in itself! Dives in these fjords can be done at any depth between 6 and 26 meters, and with very short travel time between resort and site, this is a fantastic opportunity.

The fjords also harbour another surprise – a wreck right in front of the dive centre, on the house reef – where the true extent of the uniqueness of diving the Tufi fjords becomes clear: it drops down to over 40 metres where you will find: a Landrover and a series of wrecked fishing boats. And at the very bottom of the sound is the skeleton of an American PT Boat. (Tufi was a US PT boat base in the second world war)

The combination of sheltered macro sites and challenging open water reefs is a unique feature for Tufi Resort. The windy season is in general from June to October, and the crew will try and take you out where possible – but keep this in mind when planning.

The ‘in’ house dive centre is actually slightly ‘out’ of house, and situated at the bottom of the cliff next to the sea. This means a stroll down every morning to go diving and a steep hike up every afternoon after your return (although a ride in the resorts’ land cruiser is always possible). There is no NITROX available in Tufi Resort. The national dive guides are excellent and knowledgeable. Managers may come and go, but the constant here is the quality of local dive guides and their boat captain.

GETTING TO TUFI

The Tufi Resort can only be reached by plane via Port Moresby, and only on a few days a week. When planning your journey, please contact us to make sure you have enough time between arrival and departure so that you can make your connection.  As with all air travel in PNG, planes don’t always turn up, and are sometimes cancelled (so good travel insurance is vital). In addition, we always build in a large amount of leeway in your bookings to make sure that you get out on time. Tufi ‘Airport’ has a crushed coral runway, and so it has its own unique issue: when it is really rainy the runway becomes waterlogged and the larger Dash8 planes cannot land.

We can also organise charter flights for groups. The lighter charters can nearly always land in Tufi even on a semi waterlogged runway.  Ask us to make all your arrangements and we’ll do our best to avoid the PNG factor when booking your holiday.

TUFI? ITS TIME TO VIST

When combining this dramatic natural landscape, the untouched remote reefs of Tufi, and the diving of the FeBriNa and Walindi Plantation – our guests end up with an unbeatable and once in a life time journey to Papua New Guinea. Ask us now how to combine your 2-centre dive journey to this most vibrant, wild and diverse of dive destinations in the world.

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Scuba Diving holidays in Nusa Penida Island


Step back in time with a diving holiday on Nusa Penida Island. Visit the island of elegant traditional wooden villas, sandy beaches, Hindu temples and thousands of frangipani trees. This is an island of gardens and hillsides and unexplored dive sites. Dive while Manta Rays cruise off the cliffs all year long, or Mola Mola come in to investigate. Sit on the long sandy beaches, for Nusa Penida is a quiet dreamy island of small guest houses, family restaurants, and Indonesian hospitality and home to fundamentally awesome scuba diving, a far cry from hedonistic Bali.

DIVE WITH MANTA RAYS

Nusa Penida is a small island just off the coast of the holiday island of Bali. So close is Nusa Penida that it channels the water flow between the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea. This epic ocean current brings pelagics, sharks, and Mola Mola (sunfish) close to the shores of steep walls of Nusa Penida. Manta Rays use the southern coast of Nusa Penida as a cleaning station. As you can imagine this makes Nusa Penida a world class scuba dive destination.

When you go on a scuba diving holiday in Indonesia, Nusa Penida should be high on your list. The scuba diving in Nusa Penida easily equals that of Komodo and Raja Ampat in that it regularly has 40 metre visibility, resident Manta Rays and mola mola diving. Nusa Pendida has steep reefs and sheer walls that plunge down to endless depths. The walls are covered in soft and hard coral and are packed with fish.

The reefs of the north coast offer miles and miles of untouched coral and low numbers of divers. The regular occurrences of steady currents make for great drift dives and the presence of large pelagics. The reef life is prolific. The South coast of Nusa Penida is known for the schools of feeding manta rays, incredible coastal landscapes and rocky underwater scenery. We dive all the walls of Nusa Penida in this itinerary; and even some that are yet unknown. The only dive site we do not recommend is Cristal Bay at lunchtime, which becomes crowded with snorkelers and divers taking time off.

BLUE CORNER DIVE CENTRE

Our operator, Blue Corner Diving, is one of the most professional dive centres on the island. Under the command of Englishman Mr Jason Fondis and his associate Mr Chuckles, Blue Corner Diving is equipped to handle small groups. Blue Corner Diving in Nusa Penida has oxygen, first aid sets, first aid trained personnel and professional Indonesian and international staff. Blue Corner Diving is small enough to be very personal and large enough to take care of small groups. As with all of our dive destinations, we have visited, dived with and inspected Blue Corner Dive Centre (Nusa Penida). They more than come up to our required standard.

Blue Corner Diving dive twice a day, but 3rd dives are always available, or can be booked in advance through us.

It is always best to bring your own dive gear but Blue Corner has some rental equipment. Touring the island to see the natural beauty is an absolute must and basic tours are booked locally for £50 for a car for a day. Nusa Penida has escaped the hedonism of Bali and still offers a true, untouched dive paradise.

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ACCOMMODATION

We use two locations, the Arsa Santhi Lodge and the Semabu Hills hotel . The Arsa Santhi Lodge is superb, clean, and has a pool. It is well organised and the rooms are large, spotless and air-conditioned. Best of all it is 5 minutes walk from the dive centre and 5 minutes from the largely deserted beach.

For those wishing to have a higher level of service we use the Semabu Hills Hotel. Standing majestically over the market village of ToyoPakeh, the Semabu Hills hotel has an infinity pool, deluxe bar and restaurant and every room is a suite.

EXTENSIONS

Both Bali or Komodo can easily be arranged. Non –divers are always welcome, and there is much to do for all. Perhaps you would like something slightly less rustic after your dives? If you want to add a Bali Highlands tour or more diving in Bali or a few nights on the beach in a luxury resort? We can organise all of this.

YOUR DIVING TOUR – DAY BY DAY

Day 1

Arrive at Bali Den Pasar Airport and pass immigration & customs. Meet at the airport and transfer to the Holiday Inn Express. An ensuite room with breakfast is included. This hotel is perfectly located: close to the beach, the shopping area of Kuta, with all the facilities you need on arrival. Sunset drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the adjacent Holiday Inn Envy restaurant and bar. A pool and gym is free to use and Wifi is available throughout this hotel. -Accommodation is in double or twin rooms, bed&breakfast.

Day 2

After breakfast, a transfer by car is arranged to the harbour of Sanur on the eastern side of Bali. A small ferry will take you to the island of Nusa Penida in 30 – 45 minutes. On the island, you will be met by the hotel driver and be transferred the short distance to your accommodation Hotel Semabu Hills.

Check in to your room and meet and greet the dive team of Blue Corner. At this stage you will be taken to the Blue Corner Dive Centre to filling the paperwork and drop your gear.

Here you will meet Jason Fondis the owner and the rest of the dive team. A general plan for the week will be discussed and any gear requests can be handled. Overnight at Semabu Hills in double or twin rooms, ensuite, AC, B&B.

Day 3

2am dives are offered today with a surface interval on the boat. The boat has shade and carries water, tea, coffee and snacks during the interval. Depending on weather, interests and level of divers, your dive sites are either on the South or North coast of Nusa Penida.

After the 2nd dive, return to the harbour and lunch can be had in town. A 3rd dive is optional and available in the afternoon. Island tours and sightseeing are arranged daily.

Dinner: own arrangements. Overnight at Hotel in double or twin rooms, ensuite, AC, B&B.

Day 4

2am dives are offered today with a surface interval on the boat. The boat has shade and carries water, tea, coffee and snacks during the interval. Depending on weather, interests and level of divers, your dive sites are either on the south or north coast of Nusa Penida. After the 2nd dive, return to the harbour and lunch can be had in town. A 3rd dive is optional and available in the afternoon. Island tours and sightseeing are arranged daily.

Dinner: own arrangements. Overnight at Hotel in double or twin rooms, ensuite, AC, B&B.

Day 5

2am dives are offered today with a surface interval on the boat. The boat has shade and carries water, tea, coffee and snacks during the interval. Depending on weather, interests and level of divers, your dive sites are either on the south or north coast of Nusa Penida. After the 2nd dive, return to the harbour and lunch can be had in town. A 3rd dive is optional and available in the afternoon. Island tours and sightseeing are arranged daily.

Dinner: own arrangements. Overnight at Hotel in double or twin rooms, ensuite, AC, B&B.

Day 6

2am dives are offered today with a surface interval on the boat. The boat has shade and carries water, tea, coffee and snacks during the interval. Depending on weather, interests and level of divers, your dive sites are either on the south or north coast of Nusa Penida. After the 2nd dive, return to the harbour and lunch can be had in town. A 3rd dive is optional and available in the afternoon. Island tours and sightseeing are arranged daily.

Dinner: own arrangements. Overnight at Hotel in double or twin rooms, ensuite, AC, B&B.

Day 7

2AM dives are offered today with a surface interval on the boat. The boat has shade and carries water, tea, coffee and snacks during the interval. Depending on weather, interests and level of divers, your dive sites are either on the south or north coast of Nusa Penida. After the 2nd dive, return to the harbour and lunch can be had in town. A 3rd dive is optional and available in the afternoon. Island tours and sightseeing are arranged daily.

Dinner: own arrangements. Overnight at Hotel in double or twin rooms, ensuite, AC, B&B.

Day 8

After breakfast, transfer to the port for the ferry ride will take you back to Senur Beach on Bali Island and onwards to DenPasar International Airport for your flight out.

Trip Costs from :

• Diver £638.00 per person based upon 2 sharing at the Semabu hills hotel

• Non Diver £388.00

• Single Supplement add £205

Included in Tour:

1 night in Bali Holiday In Express / transfer to Senur Harbour Bali / return ferry Bali to Nusa Penida / transfer to accommodation Nusa Penida / 10 AM dives with Blue Corner Dive Centre on Nusa Penida / 6 nights accommodation on Nusa Penida in twin or double rooms, B&B, ensuite

Not Included in Tour:

International flights /visa / vaccinations / travel insurance / dinner in Bali / dinner and lunch on Nusah Penida / extra dives / island trips / dive gear / tips/souvenirs / items of a personal nature/

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