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
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
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 Scorpion fish.
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, GPS
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
and crew, accommodation, meals, soft beverages, transfers to and from
airport, tanks all air,