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Don Silcock

Member Since 08 Mar 2003
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Papua New Guinea - Kimbe Bay Article

19 September 2014 - 04:55 PM

X-Ray magazine has just published a 10 page article of mine that documents the incredible diving in New Britain's Kimbe Bay and the extensive efforts being made to protect and conserve it.


You can download it on this link to Papua New Guinea, Kimbe Bay – The Coral Crucible

Papua New Guinea - Updated Location Guide for Tufi in Oro Province

11 May 2014 - 02:28 PM

I have finally finished updating the location guide to Tufi in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.

Less well known than Milne Bay and Kimbe Bay, Tufi is actually one of my favorite locations in PNG as it offers really good diving at certain times of the year combined with spectacular above water scenery and, for the more adventurous, some quite special village culture and homestays.

I have updated all the pages in the Tufi guide and added new ones based on recent trips - included is an overview of Oro Province and diving Tufi plus there are dedicated pages on Tufi Wharf, the PT Boat wrecks, the really great offshore reefs and diving in Cape Nelson's Fiords.

There are also dedicated pages on the B17F Black Jack wreck on Cape Vogel that can be dived from Tufi and the B25 "Pistoff" Mitchell Bomber wreck in Collingwood Bay.

I have also included a dedicated section on the quite special village culture around Tufi with pages on village homestays, cultural demonstrations in the villages, the facial tattoos of the Tufi area and the Puri Puri (loosely translated as Black Magic...) men of Tufi.




Papua New Guinea - Updated Milne Bay Location Guide

25 April 2014 - 01:58 AM

I have just completed revising and updating the location guide to Milne Bay in PNG on my site.

I have updated all the pages and added new ones based on my most recent trips. Included is an overview of Milne Bay province, an overview of diving Milne Bay, Tawali dive resort, overview of the north coast dive sites, Dinah's Beach and Deacon's Reef at Lauadi, the famous Milne Bay manta cleaning station Giants@Home and what is probably the best aircraft wreck in PNG the B17F Black Jack plus links to the various articles I have written over the years.

I have been visiting PNG regularly for over 15 years now, so this has kind of become a labor of love....




Papua New Guinea - Port Moresby and Bootless Bay Location Guide

19 April 2014 - 12:44 AM

I have finally finished revising and updating my location guide for the Port Moresby and Bootless Bay area of Papua New Guinea.

Most divers traveling to PNG try to get through Port Moresby (which is still the only international gateway in to the country...) as quickly as possible because of its bad reputation for raskol gangs and random violence, but there is actually some excellent diving to be had.

Port Moresby is also not the hell-hole it is often depicted as - "gritty" and potentially dangerous yes, but manageable with a modicum of common sense in my opinion.

My guide provides an overview of Port Moresby, plus links to what else to do there and where to stayThere are overviews of diving in Port Moresby and the main dive sitesLoloata Dive Resort and my two favorite dive sites Suzie's Bommie and the wreck of the Pacific Gas.




Diving New Georgia in the Solomon Islands - X-Ray article and front cover

12 January 2014 - 11:23 AM

The latest issue of X-Ray magazine has a 12 page article of mine on diving Uepi Island and Munda in New Georgia, Solomon Islands.


I also got the front cover with an image of a small school of mobula rays that I nearly had a heart attack from trying to keep up with them and take the image...


You can download a copy of the article on this link if you would like to read more...




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