Scuba Destination Spotlight #27: Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

Located north of the New Britain, the largest island in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Archipelago, Kimbe bay is part of the coral triangle, and covers an area of 2.3 million square miles of ocean.

It’s the global center of marine biodiversity, meaning there’s no other place in the world that sports that many types of marine life like this region does.

It’s not only an incredibly important part of the world for marine life, but it’s also an incredible scuba diving hotspot.

Scuba Diving Kimbe Bay

Scuba Diving Kimbe Bay

The entire bay is one giant and incredibly diverse marine habitat. It consists of plenty of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, deep ocean waters, and seamounts.

Around one thousand species of fish have been identified in this region, and over 75% of the world’s coral species have their homes in the bay.

The coral reef communities are not only beautiful, but incredibly important for marine science research, and there is a long term conservation strategy in place to protect this precious environment.

Thankfully, the bay is largely undamaged by human hands in general, and that allows it to be both important for science and an important dive spot.

Scuba Diving Kimbe Bay
Scuba Diving Kimbe Bay

Because of the many types of marine life present in the waters, every dive is a joy to be in, and with visibility being high due to the location of the bay, all those types of fish can be easily spotted and recognized.

Besides fish, many dolphins, whales, and sharks feed and breed in the bay’s waters, and they’re common enough so that plenty of divers spot some in diving excursions.

World famous sites such as South Emma, South Bay, Inglis Shoal, North Emma, are only a few of the 200 and something dive spots sprinkled throughout the bay.

They are clean and pristine, and protected by a strict and rigid policy of “Look but don’t touch.”

Scuba Diving Kimbe Bay

Did you see last week’s Scuba Location Spotlight?

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Justin is a dive master and world traveler on a mission to dive and document the top 100 dive sites in the world. In doing this he hopes to bring love for the marine environment to the world!

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