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THE ISLANDS

The Conflict Islands comprises 21 uninhabited, undeveloped, pristine, freehold islands covering a total landmass
of 375 Hectares (925 acres). The Conflicts Islands Group were named after H.M. Survey Ship “The Conflict”
which first charted the islands in 1886.

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ISLAND PROFILE

Located in the pristine waters of The Coral Sea, the Conflict Islands comprise of 21 untouched islands and boast the most extensive biodiversity and coral reefs in the world.

With a third of the world’s species of marine fish, the Conflict Islands are home to everything from the tiny ghost pipe fish to the huge manta rays and killer whales. The 21 uninhabited tropical islands surround a spectacular lagoon and are currently under consideration for a World Heritage Marine Site. Among the group of islands, Irai island has been found to have the second best coral in the world with the most number of species noted in a single dive – a divers absolute dream!

The main islands, Panasesa is open to travellers for private hire and features a resort Club House, six beachfront bungalows and runway capable of landing short-haul flights. Activities on offer include sport fishing, diving, kayaking, sailing, boating and nature encounters. 80 miles due East of Papua New Guinea, the Conflict Islands are as little as four hours from Sydney and accessible by private charter from Port Moresby or boat transfers from the Milne Bay capital, Alotau.

EXPLORE

Diving

Diving

The Milne Bay province is full of life and incredible dives with its’ diving listed in the top three world sites, according to National Geographic Magazine. Assessments conducted in Milne Bay several years ago recorded nearly 430 species of coral, 950 species of mollusks and over 1,100 species of fish, many found nowhere else. are sensational for diving, snorkelling and fishing with Milne Bay often sited as one of the best dive sites in the world.

With well over 50 great dives, divers will see many of these marine animals as the divers drift along the incredible walls, looking at the myriad of tiny fish and larger schools.

For more details about the diving, dive sites and species found in the atoll, get in touch using the enquiries page.

Fishing

Fishing

The fishing experience in the atoll has to be one of the best in the world. We enure sustainable fishing practices with fishing exclusion zones, a catch and release policy with only non-threatened and mature fish making it to the table.

Milne Bay’s diverse fish population stretches far beyond tropical coral fish. With a wide range of fish including Yellowfin Tuna, Giant Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout and Barracuda amongst the myriad of species available. Marlin fishing tours can also be arranged on request.

Nomad Sportfishing have previously been our fishing partners and have some awe-inspiring videos available on You Tube or in our press section.

Sailing

Sailing

Sail away, sail away, sail away. Sunrise or sunset. Laser or traditional sailing canoe (similar to a sailing catamaran). Novice or daredevil. The choice is your. There is an endless list of sailing experiences you can enjoy within the atoll. Check out the segment on Getaway on Channel 7 where Lynne heads off on her Conflict Islands sailing adventure with PNG locals. Find in the Press section of this website.

Fishing

Diving

The Milne Bay province is full of life and incredible dives with its’ diving listed in the top three world sites, according to National Geographic Magazine. Assessments conducted in Milne Bay several years ago recorded nearly 430 species of coral, 950 species of mollusks and over 1,100 species of fish, many found nowhere else. are sensational for diving, snorkelling and fishing with Milne Bay often sited as one of the best dive sites in the world.

IslandTours

Island Tours

With 21 islands to explore, there is something for everyone. Whether it is to find nesting or hatching turtles, rare seabirds or to spend a day as naked as nature intended. Picnics, traditional beach BBQ, WWI historical tours, romantic proposals; The Conflict Islands can offer you whatever experience your heart desires. If you feel like getting to know the Papua New Guinean culture, tours to other island chains to see local villages can be arranged.

Kayak

Kayaking

Pick up your glass bottom kayak and head off on your own adventure. Get up close and personal with the shallow water coral gardens, tropical fish and turtles. Our local Manta Rays have even been known to check out the kayaks. Land your kayak on the sandy shore where a beach picnic or sunset cocktails await. Yes you are in heaven!

Wildlife

Wildlife

Milne Bay has recorded a third of the world’s species of marine fish and is listed as an ‘ecological hotspot’ with one of the greatest marine species biodiversities in the world. The province is home to everything from the tiny ghost pipe fish to the huge manta rays and killer whales. Milne Bay is also home to stunning birds of paradise, massive butterflies, cus-cus, tree kangaroo and also some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Reef-Coral

Reefs & Coral

The Conflict Islands’ share the Coral Sea with and are a stone’s throw from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However due to their remoteness, they are unaffected by the impact of farming and industrial run off, land clearing or commercial fishing that has destroyed much of Australia’s reef.

flora-fauna

Flora & Fauna

Being an atoll formed from a volcano, the Conflict Islands are surrounded by deep troughs and good strong clear water ocean currents, making them one big pressure point. Millions of fish feed off the rich currents that hit against the walls of reefs that surround the island group. The natural lagoons and sandy beaches make it ideal for green and hawksbill turtles to nest, rest and feed. Migrating Orca, Minky, Pilot, Humpback whales, Manta rays, dolphins and sharks all regularly visit the island group.

Research

Research

Out at the conflict Islands, the diving seems to be take an impossible turn towards getting even better. Being an atoll, surrounded by deep troughs and good strong ocean currents, “the conflicts” is one big pressure point. Thousands upon thousands or small fish feed off the rich currents that hit against the walls of reef that surround the island group. The natural lagoons and sandy beaches make it ideal for green and hawksbill turtles to nest, rest and feed.