It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque setting than the one that Tufi Dive Resort enjoys. Picture if you will the stark but beautiful fjords of Norway, or the south island of New Zealand. But set in a tropical location with a dense covering of rich and vibrant rainforest that descends right to the water’s edge.
Then imagine a small resort consisting of a very pleasant colonial style main lodge. Surrounded by a number of guest cabins, perched on a ridge overlooking one of these magnificent “tropical fjords”.
Cape Nelson is without doubt one of the most beautiful areas of Papua New Guinea and Tufi is its stunning epicenter. The area’s unique topography is the result of an ancient eruption of three volcanoes on Cape Nelson. The lava flow from which created the long and narrow coastal inlets as it poured into the Solomon Sea.
In the world of geology coastal inlets like the ones on Cape Nelson are referred to as “rias”. Because a true fiord is created by glaciers – large but slow moving rivers of ice that carve out U shaped canyons over thousands of years. With the fjord being what remains after the climatic conditions change and the ice melts.
Located at the western tip of Cape Nelson in Oro Province, Tufi is the second largest of the 9 tropical fiords found in the area.
The dive resort is built on the site of the original pub and hotel that served the small expatriate community prior to independence. Tufi was a settlement for the Australian Administration back then, the story of which is told rather amusingly in Colin Baker’s book Doodlebuggers in Paradise.
The resort’s main lodge is a single story colonial style wooden building. With has wide verandas, which houses the common lounge, the restaurant and the bar.
The accommodation consists of a number of self-contained bungalows distributed around the main lodge. There is also a very nice terrace and BBQ. Which overlooks Tufi fiord and provides superb views all the way to the extinct volcanoes in the distance.
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