The world's most exotic diving destination has a new attraction. She is the M.V. Chertan, a purpose-built dive boat which has begun operations out of Alotau in Milne Bay and is equipped with a full complement of crew and divemaster Rob van der Loos.
The Chertan is a 18 Metre (60ft) dive yacht, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is twin diesel-powered and has 110/240 volt power on board.
The Chertan has recently undergone a major refit to the cabins, their access and the dive deck.
The Chertan sleeps up to 10 guests in privacy and comfort.
The main deck has a nice air conditioned salon with a TV, a stereo player and a bar. The dining area and the galley are adjacent to the salon. The two main bathrooms are accessible from the deck. The upper deck is partially shaded has chairs and tables.
The dive deck is well equipped with personal gear boxes and an in-place fill station. Two camera tables and a closet are conveniently located for your camera.
The aft of the dive deck is equipped with exit ladders, fin storage and freshwater showers.
The Chertan lower deck has 5 comfortable staterooms.
Stateroom (no 5): Queensize bed and single bed, private head with shower, AC, porthole.
Stateroom (no 3 & 4): Two bunk-style single beds, private head. Shower on the main deck, porthole.
- Stateroom (no 1 & 2): Two bunk-style single beds, head and shower on the main deck, porthole.
Unlimited dives per day including night dive.
Weights, weight belts and 12l aluminium tanks with standard yoke valves are included.
All dives are from the mother ship.
- Nitrox available: 50 PKG /day.
- Rental Dive Equipment available： Consisting of BCD and regulator, rate on request and must be booked in advance.
- Dive Insurance： Mandatory.
- Travel Insurance : Strongly advised.
- Wi-Fi Internet Available： No.
- Payment on board： By cash only: AUD and local currency PGK (Papua New Guinean Kina).
- Crew gratuities : Not included, an average is 5 to 10% of your cruise price depending upon your satisfaction.
- Other: Kayak.
The Best of Milne Bay
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Scorpion fish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Destinations||Papua New Guinea|
Schedules & routes
|Date||Duration||Destination||Departure - Arrival||Price|
|18/07/2019 to 28/07/2019||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
|01/08/2019 to 11/08/2019||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
|15/08/2019 to 25/08/2019||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
|29/08/2019 to 08/09/2019||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
|12/09/2019 to 24/09/2019||12 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $4,560.00||Detail|
|27/09/2019 to 07/10/2019||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
|10/10/2019 to 22/10/2019||12 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $4,560.00||Detail|
|25/10/2019 to 04/11/2019||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
|27/12/2019 to 06/01/2020||10 nights||Papua New Guinea||Milne Bay - Milne Bay||From $3,800.00||Detail|
Prices & conditions
|Papua New Guinea||10 nights||Standard Twin||From $3,800.00|
|Papua New Guinea||10 nights||Middle Deluxe||From $3,950.00|
|Papua New Guinea||10 nights||Double Executive||From $4,350.00|
|Papua New Guinea||12 nights||Standard Twin||From $4,560.00|
|Papua New Guinea||12 nights||Middle Deluxe||From $4,740.00|
|Papua New Guinea||12 nights||Double Executive||From $5,220.00|
- Air tanks & weights & weight belts
- Land transfer on arrival/depature date
- All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
- Dive guide service
- Fuel surcharge
- Dinner on final evening
- Land tour & Island visit
- Boat accident insurance
- Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
- Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
- Crew gratuity
- Dive equipment rentals
- Dive insurance
- Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
- Nitrox fills
- Marine park fees/Port fees
Papua New Guinea
Period : Liveaboards trip can be offered year round. With the high season generally from May to November.
Visa's : For some nationalities A visa (valid for 60 days, also known as'Easy Visitor Permit') can be obtained upon arrival.
- But it is recommended to get a visa before arriving, and allow at least 15 working days for your application to be processed and returned.
- If you live in a country that does not have a Papua New Guinean embassy or consulate, you may be able to apply for a PNG visa in advance at an Australian or British embassy.
Climat : Warm to hot and humid throughout the year. The rainy season varies from province to province however in general it is driest from May to December.In Port Moresby the wet season is December to April, and the dry season is from May to November. Average daily temperature range is 26 to 30°C (At night will be cooler).
Water : The average water temperature varies from 25°C along the edge of the Coral Sea to 29°C in the Bismarck Sea.
Clothing : light and casual clothing but not too brief in public places. Swimwear is not permitted in the public areas of hotels.
Plugs : Type I Australian plug, 240V @ 50Hz
Flights : Jacksons International Airport is the major international airport in Papua New Guinea, located 5 miles from Port Moresby. There are serval Airlines offer flights from Cairns, Sydney, and Brisbane, Australia; Honiara, Solomon Islands; Manila, Philippines; Tokyo(Narita), Japan; Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
Currency : The currency of Papua New Guinea is the Kina. Travelers cheques and international credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants but not generally in the small towns.