Papua New Guinea 2019

These are in-country dates, excluding travel days
Dive Week
Wed., September 4 – Thur., September 12, 2019

Optional Trip Extension for the Goroka Highlands Cultural Show
Thur., September 12 – Mon., September 16, 2019



An adventure in diving, culture, and World War II history in a remarkably untouched part of the world, Papua New Guinea.  Our guide will be Chris Bartlett, who organized our clubs truly unforgettable trip to Tanzania for safari and Zanzibar for diving on the African continent in the summer of 2018.

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Please address your questions to the Trip Leader or Treasurer before calling the resort or travel agency directly.

For questions regarding the trip:
Noel Hall, Co-Trip Leader
(859) 552-5276

Alex Fassas, Co-Trip Leader
(859) 582-1600


For questions regarding reservations or payment:
Bluegrass Dive Club
c/o Dan Miller
824 Gunpowder Drive
Lexington, KY  40509-1754
(859) 948-5133

Your trip registration is not accepted until your trip deposit is received by the Club Treasurer.


Details for the dive trip and the optional trip extension for the Goroka Highlands Cultural Show


PNG Dive Week

Detailed description of the PNG Dive Week trip with daily itinerary are in the PDF file found at the link below.

PNG Dive Week 2019

  • 11 dives over 5 days
  • Full day land tour covering historic WWII sites and Mt. Tarvurvur Volcano and hot springs
  • Half-day tour to Port Moresby Orchid Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary
Goroka Highlands Cultural Show

Detailed description of the optional trip extension to the Goroka Highlands Cultural Show are in the PDF file found at the link below.

Goroka Highlands Cultural Show 2019

  • Full day with the Asaro Mudmen in their village
  • 2 full days at the Goroka Highlands Cultural Show; VIP access and seating


At a glance.

(B&B = Breakfast included)


PNG Dive Week, 9 days / 8 nights

Accommodation Destination Start End Basis Room Type Duration
Ela Beach Hotel & Apartments Port Moresby, PNG Sep 4 Sep 5 B&B   1 Night
Rapopo Plantation Resort Kokopo, East New Brittain, PNG Sep 5 Sep 12 B&B 1x Bayside room  7 Nights

Optional Goroka Highlands Cultural Show, 5 days / 4 nights

Accommodation Destination Start End Basis Room Type Duration
Phoenix Hotel, new 2016 Goroka, PNG Sep 12 Sep 16 B&B Standard or Premium 4 Nights

Dive Operator

Rabaul-Kokopo Dive

They are located on site at the Rapopo Plantation Resort.




Travel plans you are responsible for.

  • There is no Club Air for this trip.  You need to make your own arrangements to and from Jacksons Int’l Airport, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (MOR).
  • In country air transportation booking is handled by the club and is included in your trip cost.
  • Airport ground transfers are included.

Sample Air Itinerary

Coming Soon!

This is just one sample air itinerary.

Date: Flight: From: Leave: To: Arrive:
04 Sept. 2019       MOR  
04 Sept. 2019 thru
12 Sept. 2019
See Dive Week Itinerary
12 Sept. 2019   MOR      

Some travelers may choose to spend some time in the Los Angeles, CA or Brisbane, Australia area as part of their air travel plans.

Trip Options & Costs

All costs and fees are per person.

  • No Nitrox available

Excluded Costs:

  • Gratuities
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PNG Dive Week, Rapopo Plantation Resort

Accommodation Type Sgl/Dbl Rate Cost pp
Bayside room
(1 or 2 Double beds)
Double Diver  $      2,525
Double Non-Diver  $      1,805
Single Diver  $      3,060
Single Non-Diver  $      2,340
Poolside room
(Queen bed only)
Double Diver  $      2,745
Double Non-Diver  $      2,025
Single Diver  $      3,280
Single Non-Diver  $      2,560
Departure Tax TBD
Trip Administration Fee $10

Optional trip extension:  Goroka Highlands Cultural Show

Accommodation Type Sgl/Dbl Cost pp
Standard room Double  $      1,290
Single  $      1,650
Premier room Double  $      1,450
Single  $      1,950



Payment Schedule

For Club portion of trip only.

You will receive an invoice from the Club Treasurer for final balance due.

PNG Dive Week

Due Date Amount
Initial Deposit due with trip registration $500
01 Feb 2019 $500
01 Apr 2019 $500
15 May 2019 Balance due

Optional: Goroka Highlands Cultural Show

Due Date Amount
Initial Deposit due with trip registration $400
01 Feb 2019 $400
01 Apr 2019 $400
15 May 2019 Balance due


  • Reserved space will be released 15 May 2019
  • Final payments due 15 May 2019
  • In country 04 Sept. 2019

Trip Limit

  • Currently we have reserved space for 10 people sleeping double per room.
  • Additional space may be available, but not guaranteed.

Current Sign-Up Status

  • This trip is open for registration
  • 8 people, 4 rooms booked as of 4/1/2019

Refund Policy, Dive Activity Waiver & Travel Insurance

Refund Policy:  90+ days prior to travel – no penalties – full refund; penalties apply after that

 BGDC Trip Refund Policy 

BGDC Dive Activity Waiver

Dive Emergency Assistance and Trip Insurance from a Bluegrass Dive Club partner.  


Trip Shirt Design

Coming Soon!

Front Design


Back Design


Shirt Prices


Electrical Standards & Plug Design

Power plugs and sockets type I are used in Papua New Guinea

Trip Notes

Additional trip resources.

PNG Dive Week


Diveplanit – review of resort & dive operator

Best of PNG – Rapopo

Goroka Highlands Cultural Show

Best of PNG – Goroka

Goroka Show

Asaro Mudmen

WWII Goroka Info

PNG Information

Centers for Disease Control – Health information for Papua New Guinea

Weather in Papua New Guinea – Rabaul, East Britain, PGN

U.S. State Department – Consular Information Sheet – Papua New Guinea

CIA World Fact Book – Papua New Guinea