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The NEW 27 meter (88-foot) catamaran MV Oceania sleeps up to 16 guests. Her itineraries include the classic PNG hot-spots of Fathers Reefs, Witu Islands and the inimitable Kimbe Bay.

Dom's comments: "When I was with owner Max Benjamin of Walindi Plantation fame early in 2019, and he shared with me the latest images of the new MV Oceania ... and she's a gem. They stripped her down to the bare shell and have completely rebuilt her as a state of the art platform to dive and explore the very best of the Bismark Sea and beyond. This team knows the remote areas of PNG better than anyone and with the superior space and comfort afforded by this stylish catamaran, I have no doubt her guests will be in for a treat on all of her diving expeditions."  .....   Dominick Macan

On board Oceania

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    beach mooring
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    lounge deck
  • Oceania Saloon Don Silcock opt
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    salon & dining
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    dining area
  • Oceania double cabin opt
    double cabin
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    twin cabin
  • Oceania bathroom opt
  • Oceania dive deck opt
    dive deck
  • Oceania Andrew Dutton 2 opt 1
    aerial view

  • 5 main deck TWIN suites
    2 twin beds & picture windows
    3 main deck DOUBLE suites
    queen bed & picture windows
    All staterooms are air-conditioned & fitted with private toilets, showers & sinks.

  • up to 5 dives per day from the main vessel & from the tender
    scuba equipment rental (request in advance)
    nitrox (for an extra charge)
    Water temperature: 77 - 86F, 25 - 30oC
    3mm wetsuit recommended

  •  accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages, glass of wine with dinner
    airport or hotel transfers
    final night dinner at Walindi Plantation Resort if charter finishes at Walindi

  • airfare
    scuba equipment rental gear (please request in advance)
    bar beverages
    environmental & safety fees + fuel surcharge (if applicable)

Stable & spacious ... a diver's delight

The large, partially covered top deck is a perfect venue for sunbathing, sleeping and slight-seeing as you glide through the luscious tropical islands of PNG.   On the bridge deck, guest areas include a spacious saloon and dining area.

The dive deck, at the stern end of this deck, offers individual storage areas, camera work area and a dive deck bathroom and shower. Diving is both from the water level duckboard and from the specially fitted dive tender.

Food....Glorious Food  

Meals on board Oceania are prepared using as much local, fresh produce as is available at the time. A continental breakfast is available before the first dive of the day (prior to 6:30am) and then hot breakfast foods. A mid-morning snack is served and lunch is usually buffet style. Dinner is a la carte and is generally 'homestyle cooking' using locally produced meats and freshly caught fish where possible.  Fresh fruit is available all day long from the saloon and the fridges are stocked with a range of soft drinks, juices and SP beers. A limited selection of red and white wines are served on board. Special dietary requirements are possible although may be limited by what is available in PNG. 

Deck Plan ... Technical Specifications

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Length: 27 meters (88 feet)
Beam: 9 meters (29 feet)
Passengers: 16
Staff: 8


Engines: 2 Caterpillar 3306 Turbo Diesels
Cylinders: 6 cyl each
Max Speed: 13 knots cruising
Water capacity: 1600 liters
Davits: 600kg electric lift
Water Maker: Yes
Air Conditioning: Individual system in all cabines and saloon/lounge areas


Design: Sea Speed Catamarans
Hull: Aluminium 6mm
Deck: Aluminium 6mm
Superstructure: aluminium
Interior: Full refit in 2018


Full range of communication equipment


Anchors & Chain
Life Raft
Life Jackets
Life rings
Fire extinguishers
Bilge pumps
Dinghy tender with outboard


MV Oceania runs different itineraries during the year to suit the weather patterns of each season.   The "Signature Itinerary" covers the three most popular diving areas of Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Fathers Reefs.  You will be able to choose from 9 and 10-night Signature itineraries in the ‘peak' weather months:  mid-September, October and November ... then April, May and June.  Water temperatures are slightly lower in September, October and November and that means there are usually more of the smaller and unusual critters about.

The "Mid Year" itineraries will normally operate June, July and August and will be shorter in duration with each trip being around 8 days. This itinerary visits 2 dive areas including Kimbe Bay Reefs and either Fathers Reefs or Witu Islands.

During late November and early December there will be a Witu Islands Itinerary, visiting Kimbe Bay Reefs and the pretty coral reefs and black sand bays of the Witu Islands.

Throughout the year MV Oceania will offer occasional specialist itineraries within the Bismarck sea and further afield.

Travel & Cruise Logistics

The international airport in Papua New Guinea (Jackson's airport) is located in the capital city, Port Moresby. To get to Walindi Resort, where Oceania will depart from, you will frly from Port Moresby to Hoskins (HKN) airport, also known as Kimbe airport. There are daily flights from Port Moresby with either Air Niugini or Airlines of PNG.  If you are connecting through Port Moresby on the same day, you'll probably want to book both international and domestic flight sectors with the same carrier.   From Hoskins airport, it is approx. 50 minute drive to Walindi Resort and airport transfers are arranged at time of booking.

A driver from Walindi Resort will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you to the resort.   Deparure times for Oceania vary based on season and itinerary.  We'll inform you at the time of booking.  Return transfers upon disembarking will also be arranged by Walindi.



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