Tufi is a tourist paradise just waiting to be explored.

Located 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 waters edge.

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 biodiversity.

The adjacent mainland areas have a rich local cultural heritage and a scenic beauty that has to be seen to be believed.

Local 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.

Tufi Dive Resort is built in traditional style and accommodates up to 24 guests comfortably with all of the trappings of less remote destinations.

It is truly a first class resort in a pristine paradise.

The Resort

In 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.

Wide spacious verandahs that overlook the sea and fiords. Scattered throughout the complex are many exquisite artefacts and traditional costumes from all over PNG.

It's 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.

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 beer.

The 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.

The 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.

Other Information

  • Eco Traveler: For the adventurous, Tufi Dive Resort can arrange for trips and overnight stays in local guesthouses inside a typical Oro village environment.
  • Conference 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.
  • Credit Cards: We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards, travellers' cheques, cash and overseas bank drafts.
  • Foreign Exchange: Tufi Dive Resort exchanges major foreign currencies provided this is not in excess of US$1000.
  • Telecommunications: There are phone and fax facilities at the resort.
  • Child Minding Facilities: The Resort can arrange local child minding at reasonable rates provided adequate notice is given.

Diving at Tufi

Scuba 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.

The 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.

The 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.

TUFI 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!


Activities

For 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.

For 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.

Canoe or kayak the fjords and experience the magnificent waterfalls that cascade from the cliff tops.

Fishing in Papua New Guinea and especially Tufi’s pristine waters are ideal for game fishing, bottom fishing and estuarine fishing.

Bottom 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.

Dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, trevally, Spanish mackerel, giant barracuda are all in abundance in this scattered network of reefs of over 250 square miles.

Enjoy 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.

Bushwalking

Tufi Fiord (Eastern Ridge) and Mt Trafalgar Hike
A 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.

This 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.

En 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 below.

From 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.

Hikers 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.

Adequate 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.

Tufi 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 well below.

Continuing 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.

From 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.

On 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.

The resort boat then returns the walkers to the resort (15 minutes) or alternatively hike back the same route (a bit harder going back).

Days 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.

Travel 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.

Canoeing And Kayaking

Accommodation 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.

All 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.

Amunian 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.

From Baga 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 easterly seas.

 






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