is a tourist paradise just waiting to be explored.
on the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea, and 250
kilomteres east northeast of Port Moresby, Tufi Dive
Resort is perched on the flanking slopes of Mount Trafalgar
overlooking sheer rock faces that plunge into an enclosed
picturesque fjord draped in exotic rainforest to the
fjord opens onto pristine blue tropical waters and the
coastline of the Oro Province and Cape Nelson with uncharted
reefs, underwater WWII dive sites and stunning marine
adjacent mainland areas have a rich local cultural heritage
and a scenic beauty that has to be seen to be believed.
tribal villages give visitors an insight into indigenous
culture, while the orchids, birds and butterflies of
the rainforest and lowland areas are as outrageously
beautiful as the underwater scenery enjoyed by divers.
Dive Resort is built in traditional style and accommodates
up to 24 guests comfortably with all of the trappings
of less remote destinations.
is truly a first class resort in a pristine paradise.
February 2000 the resort underwent major reconstruction
and renovations. The new colonial style resort building
houses a dining room, lounge, bar, reception, library,
office and laundry. Built from timber to harmonise with
the tropical surroundings, it features traditional woven
mat walls blended with walnut feature panels.
spacious verandahs that overlook the sea and fiords.
Scattered throughout the complex are many exquisite
artefacts and traditional costumes from all over PNG.
an inviting place to relax, relive the days activities
and plan the next day's experience. In the evening enjoy
a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres by the bar or take in
the sunset from the surrounding veranda.
on a smorgasbord of local seafood, vegetables and tropical
fruits in the resort dining room or enjoy a BBQ grill
on the Fjord Terrace accompanied by a wide selection
of wines and ice-cold beer.
resort although primarily a dive resort does cater for
a whole range of additional activities which include
blue water and Bass fishing, canoeing, bushwalking,
bird and butterfly watching. For the naturalists, Tufi
is home for many of the worlds most exquisite orchids.
units have polished timber floors and are traditionally
lined. All of the civilized creature comforts, screens,
air-cons, hot water, ensuites, bar fridge, coffee and
tea making facilities are available. Most units have
verandahs overlooking the fiord or Coral sea.
Traveler: For the adventurous, Tufi Dive Resort can
arrange for trips and overnight stays in local guesthouses
inside a typical Oro village environment.
Facilities: Tufi Dive Resort has a fully refurbished
conference centre which can accommodate 30 people.
The centre is equipped with standard audio and visual
aperatus, as well as video, flip chart and white boards.
Cards: We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express
credit cards, travellers' cheques, cash and overseas
Exchange: Tufi Dive Resort exchanges major foreign
currencies provided this is not in excess of US$1000.
There are phone and fax facilities at the resort.
Minding Facilities: The Resort can arrange local child
minding at reasonable rates provided adequate notice
Diving Tufi Resort in Papua New Guinea is one of the
few destinations in Papua New Guinea to offer all year
round diving. The clear, calm and protected waters of
the tropical fjords offer perfect diving for macro and
muck diving, such as the popular House Reef, which is
only 3 minutes walk from the resort.
nearest open water reef is just 15 minutes by boat.
Scuba Diving at TUFI Resort here in PNG is just paradise,
with over 30 major dive sites in the nearby tropical
waters of the Solomon Sea, with many uncharted reefs
waiting to be explored.
stunning marine biodiversity makes this a unique reef
system. Coral outcrops are so abundant with fish, that
the saying more fish than water is a common
phrase. Pelagic schools of tuna, Spanish mackerel, barracuda,
white tip and black tip reef sharks, hammerheads and
the rare white hammerheads, inhabit these exotic waters.
Turtles, manta rays and eagle rays are also seen cruising
Dive Resort PNG has been operating day dive trips to
the outer reefs for over 12 years. Experienced dive
crews with quality gear, dive boats and local knowledge
of the TUFI reef systems make diving at TUFI Resort
an unforgettable experience. So for your next dive trip
in PNG think about one of the best diving locations
in all of Papua New Guinea, TUFI Resort, PNG Diving
at it very best!
those that do not dive, enjoy a lengthy guided bushwalk
to an adjoining fjord and take in the magnificent views
of Cape Nelson or the peaks of Mt Trafalgar.
the naturalists, experience the largest butterfly in
the world, the Alexandra Bird Wing. Perhaps enjoy a
leisurely swim or a stroll down a sandy beach five minutes
from your unit door.
or kayak the fjords and experience the magnificent waterfalls
that cascade from the cliff tops.
in Papua New Guinea and especially Tufis pristine
waters are ideal for game fishing, bottom fishing and
fish the deep clear waters of the Solomon Sea and enjoy
fishing the east side of Papua New Guinea, the thrill
of hooking some big fish at TUFI fishing lodge. Then
head to beautiful Komoa Beach and feast on a seafood
BBQ, complimented with garden salads, tropical fruits
and full bar service.
tuna, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, trevally, Spanish mackerel,
giant barracuda are all in abundance in this scattered
network of reefs of over 250 square miles.
bottom fishing for red emperor and nannygai or fish
in the estuaries for the mighty black bass and mangrove
jack. Experience the unspoiled Cape Nelson area, boasting
the only tropical fjords in the world.
Fiord (Eastern Ridge) and Mt Trafalgar Hike
great walk to the top of the Tufi Fiord (eastern ridge)
some 1 1/2 hours walk one way from the Tufi Resort,
the people are very receptive at the village at the
end of the fiord, particularly with fresh cool coconut
village is perched at the very end of the fiord with
panoramic views of the entire coastline. The walk is
quite breathtaking and about two thirds of the way Maclaren
Harbour and Tufi Fiord nearly meet, the distance between
both fiords would be no more than 20 feet with sheer
drops both sides of about 200 feet. At the village are
two old bunkers used by the Americans during the WW11
for anti aircraft gun emplacements.
route we encountered numerous Kokomo's (Horn Bill),
parrots and cockatoos. The nesting season for the Kokomos
is during the wet, November through to March. Sea Eagles
also are common and can be seen majestically souring
in the up draft from the wind currents in the fiord
the village we can walk to the base of Mt Trafalgar
some 3 hours solid walk one way. This track is not well
used and would be a trifle difficult for the less experienced.
At the base are a wide variety of bird life including
Birds of Paradise. The butterfly season is also during
this period when the vine they both feed and pupate
is more prolific. At this time a wide variety of butterflies
can be seen including, if you are lucky the Alexandra
Birdwing, the largest butterfly in the world.
can be accommodated in traditional style at the village
prior to their long walk inland. Accommodation would
be very basic, local village meals would be provided
along with plenty of cold mountain water.
notice must be given to enable the resort to arrange
guides and accommodation requirements. Suitable hiking
attire should be worn and a good supply of insect repellents
is also recommended.
Fiord (Western ridge) to Baga Village
Bush walking to Baga Vilage is quite an adventure, about
2 hours one way. Commencing with a short boat ride across
Tufi Fiord (3 minutes) the walk starts at the base of
the fiord. A quick hike up a short sharp incline puts
you on the major walking track. These tracks are well
defined as they have been used for many years. The walk
(Sth/West) eventually takes you to the highest point
of Tufi Fiord and from here you can see the resort nestled
on up the fiord ridge we pass through many small unnamed
villager's all very tidely groomed with nice gardens.
Spectacular views of the coastline and fiords make this
walk truly worth while.
the highest point the track then traverses in a downhill
easterly direction to Baga Village. The track is dotted
with many gardens where the locals from villagers busily
tend their Taro and Ibika crops. These busy workers
are always happy to chat with you under the shade of
a nearby tree. Fresh cool winds from the prevailing
winds sweep up the ridge and quickly dry the sweat beads
that have accumulated from the walk.
arrival the village is large by village standards in
this area, well groomed and many friendly smiling faces.
It is located right on the point of the fiord with a
fantastic well shaded white sandy beach and snorkeling
area. Fresh cool coconuts supplied by the local in habitants
are the order of the day. A great walk culminating in
a cooling dip into the clear waters.
resort boat then returns the walkers to the resort (15
minutes) or alternatively hike back the same route (a
bit harder going back).
outing to Kupari Point Village
This site is relatively close by to Tufi where guest
can enjoy local customary hospitality. Set on Kupari
Point there is accommodation for 8 guests along with
eating quarters. Beautiful white sandy beaches and reefs
surround the point.
to the village by canoe across the small fiord, alight
and enjoy a casual stroll through local gardens and
smaller villagers on route to Kupari Point. Look at
real traditional life style a grass roots level. Meet
friendly hospitable local villager's and enjoy a traditional
village luncheon of seafood and local vegetables . Witness
a real Papua New Guinean Sing Sing - Oro style. Swim
and snorkel the afternoon away on the many reefs covered
in abundance with an array of marine life. Stroll back
through the villagers to fetch your canoe ride home.
is available at Komoa Village on Tufi Fiord, Baga Village
on Amunian Bay, Jebo Village and Kupari Point Village
on Maclaren Harbour. The average price of village accommodation
is K50-K100 per night including food.
of the fiords are easily accessible and to traverse
any one fiord ie the perimeter would take the average
paddlers at least 4 hours. Maclaren Harbour has two
pristine creeks that can be traversed by kayak and have
a wide variety of diversity in terms of bird and plant
life. Some quite spectacular basalt bluffs rise from
these small creeks.
Fiord has the Jo-Jo Waterfalls that will be quite spectacular
in the October - November season. This is close by to
Baga Village where accommodation is available.
Baga travel south to Jebo on Uramanou Bay where another
great waterfall is located that runs all year round.
of the fiords have a wide variety of bird life and traversing
from one fiord to another, kayakers will cross many
of the beautiful reefs that protect the fiord entrances
from incoming south easterly seas.