Tufi is a
tourist paradise just waiting to be explored.
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 waters edge.
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 biodiversity.
mainland areas have a rich local cultural heritage and a scenic
beauty that has to be seen to be believed.
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.
Resort is built in traditional style and accommodates up to
24 guests comfortably with all of the trappings of less remote
It 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.
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
Dine 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
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
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.
- Eco 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 bank drafts.
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 is given.
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 by.
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!
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.
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 estuarine fishing.
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.
(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 juice.
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.
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 below.
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
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.
(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 well below.
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.
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.
boat then returns the walkers to the resort (15 minutes) or
alternatively hike back the same route (a bit harder going
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.
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.
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.
travel south to Jebo on Uramanou Bay where another great waterfall
is located that runs all year round.
All 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