destination has a new
the M.V. Chertan, a
purpose-built dive boat which
has begun operations in Papua New Guinea.
in Milne Bay
equipped with a full
your host and
divemaster, Rob van der
introduces a term many intrepid
divers are unfamiliar with - luxury.
the culmination of
dream for Rob who’s had 17
waters of Milne Bay and
him a unique insight
into the wonders
of the area.
Chertan the living is easy. One
the most memorable post
diving experiences is the food, where freshness
describing the rich
offerings of the region.
THE DIVERS PARADISE
- MILNE BAY
cruise on Chertan
offers unlimited diving for
enthusiast as well as an introduction to the
local culture. Our itineraries
are all about adventure,
challenge and discovery
few have experienced. Frorri
mountains, skull caves and thermal springs, from hammerhead
Chertan where the crews priority
enjoyment. M.V. Chertan,
a dive experience.
Depending on seasons, creatures come and go in Milne
Bay. Here are some of the outstanding dives site visited
by Chertan on a regular basis.
Tania's Reef - A large coral mount coming from 140
ft to just 8 ft from the surface. Divers are able
to dive around the full circumference of the reef
with a single tank. The South side of the reef is
littered with soft corals of all descriptions. Large
schools of fish feed off this face. The reef also
plays host to giant clams and turtles.
Cobb's Cliff - Steep drop off on one side down to
150+' rising to just 20' below the surface and dropping
back in the center to a sandy lagoon to 60'.
This site is frequently visited by large pelagics
such as Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks. The reef
also hosts a variety of macro subjects such as leaf
scorpion fish, Rhinopious, Blue Ribbon Eels, Elegant
Fire Gobys, and so much more.
Wahoo Point - A small point located on the North side
of the mainland with a shelf from 15' to 50' in depth
and dropping with a sheer wall down to 200+'. This
site is frequently visited by Hammerheads, Manta Rays,
occasionally Whale Sharks, Minki Whales and on two
occasions, Orcas. The site also hosts a variety of
anenomies, a school of Barracuda and very large Elephant
ear sponges. A great place for wide angle photography.
Cherie's Reef - This is a beautiful drift dive along
a slope that's covered with large Gorgonians and littered
with large schools of fish. Particular Gorgonians
host the infamous Pigmy Sea Horse.
Observation Point - A true rubble dive. Sand slopes
going down 100' host snake eels, Star Gazers, Pipe
fish, Flamboyant cuttle fish, Mimic Octopus, Spanish
Dancers, Cuttle fish, Fire urchins with Coleman shrimp
and the Bugs Bunny Scorpion fish.
Sponge Heaven A sheer wall starting at 2' below the
surface dropping to 200+' Honey combed with small
caves. Huge variety of sponges and home to a variety
of Nudibranchs, including the large Spanish Dancer.
Jason's Reef - A small coral mound located in 150
feet of water. This mound has large schools of Banner
fish and Fusiliers as well as many pelagics. Also
on this mound is the sought after Rhinopious or Weedy
Little China - A coral mound coming out of 150 feet
of water. Typical of over 30 dive sites in close proximity.
Large schools of fish over the front
face, soft coral gardens where both macro and wide
angle photographers can be more than satisfied.
Michelle's Reef - Located on the North Coast, this
dive site provides both macro and wide angle. A shallow
wall dropping off to 25 feet. Beautiful swim-through
with gorgonians growing off the wall and sea bed.
Able to shoot up into the jungle canopy from 20 feet
of water. Also ideal for macro, a large variety of
nudibranchs, Pegasus fish and on occasions Mimic octopus.
Crinoid City - Coral mound coming up from 120 feet
of water. As it's name suggests, it plays host to
a variety of crinoids. The front slope of this reef
is covered with a variety of black coral trees. Off
the slope, huge schools of fusiliers, anthias and
jacks circle. Excellent for wide angle.
Pelagic Point - This dive site has relatively strong
current and because of this there are large quantities
of fish patrolling a steep wall dropping off to 130
feet. Sharks are often sighted on this site. The top
of the reef which is approximately 215 feet, has a
large number of bommies hosting a magnificent variety
of sea life, ie: crabs, rays, rays not to mention
all the fish.
- 18.3 metres
- 6.4 metres
Echo Sounder, SSB Radio, VHF Radio, Auto Pilot,
KVA, 240V, l2V, 110V
persons: 6 twin share air-conditioned cabins
x 8 cu. ft Bristol with 3 x 500 Cu. It storage
on cascade system
and crew, accommodation, meals, soft beverages, transfers to and from
airport, tanks all air,