Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Fishermen's South East Wall
The capital city of Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby, a lively city that sits on the waters of Port Moresby Harbour. The harbour is protected from the open sea by a barrier reef that extends right along the coastline of Port Moresby and the land to the west and east. South-west of the city is an island called Dango (Fishermen's) Island and outside this, a reef called Sinavi Reef. This reef makes up the western barrier to the harbour and is also the western side of the main entrance to the harbour, Basilisk Passage.
To get to this site, you travel south from Port Moresby Harbour and out the main passage past the port channel marker and other dive sites like Shark Inn, Sinavi Bommie but not as far as Christmas Tree Reef. The reef here runs south-west to north-east. The top is quite shallow, only three metres deep.
From the anchor, you swim south and drop over a wall to 15 metres and then there is a steep slope to 50 plus metres. The slope has lots of small coral heads and there are numerous gorgonias, sea whips and sponges on the wall and heads. There are also huge numbers of featherstars all over the place. We did a did a bit of exploring to about 30 metres and then worked our way back up to the wall.
The fishlife was not overly prolific but I saw lots of small trevally, damsels, bannerfish (different species) and one epulet shark. A nice dive. Visibility was 15 metres and the water temperature 26.0°C.
The dive operation in Port Moresby does not dive this site as they have their boat based south at Bootless Bay. The only way you can dive the plane is with the Port Moresby Sub Aqua Club (contact President Mark Palmer) who would be more than happy to take you out diving if you are visiting Port Moresby.