The Conflict Islands Atoll is made up of 21 pristine, privately owned, uninhabited islands covering a total landmass of 375 Hectares (925 acres). At the Conflict Islands Resort on the main island of Panasesa, there are 6 private beach front en-suite bungalows just a stone’s throw away from our trademark white sand making up the stunning lagoon beach side of the island. Situated alongside the bungalows is our main clubhouse where you can relax in peace whilst enjoying our delicious and freshly prepared meals, drinks menu and free satellite wi-fi in the comfortable lounge, beach front deck or first floor balcony overlooking the stunning Conflict Islands’ lagoon with colours like no other place on earth.
Travel to the islands takes approximately 12 hours from Alotau on our 24m / 80 ft steel dive and passenger liveaboard, MV Undersea Explorer, depending on weather. It has full amenities, air conditioning throughout and 7 sleeper cabins capable of carrying up to 17 passengers depending on sleeping configurations. The current flight schedules for Air Niugini and PNG Air brings you from Port Moresby around 10 or 11am when we will collect you and bring you to the boat for departure by approximately 12 midday. The trip out of Milne Bay and through the islands can be quite picturesque if the weather is clear allowing you to enjoy a beautiful afternoon and sunset cruise whilst we serve lunch and dinner as well as drinks. When arriving at The Conflict Islands you we will pick up a suitable mooring or anchorage allowing you to sleep and rest through the night waking up the following morning at the islands ready for a full day of activities. Upon departure, after an early dinner onshore, you will depart for an overnight journey back to Alotau in time for your airport transfer and flight departure to Port Moresby.
14TH JANUARY TO 22ND JANUARY 2023 – 7 DAYS ON ISLAND PACKAGE- PGK8,995 / PERSON
13TH APRIL TO 21ST APRIL 2023 – 7 DAYS DIVE PACKAGE SPECIAL – PGK8,995 / PERSON
Return boat transfer from Alotau to The Conflict Islands Resort Airport transfer from Gurney Airport
Twin share accommodation in private beach front bungalow
All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner from a set menu and snacks
Coffee, Tea, Water and Re-Useable Conflict Islands Water Bottle
Free Satellite Internet Wi-Fi
Evening Bonfire at Due South Bar
Snorkel Equipment Hire during your stay
Use of Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards
Alcohol and Soft Drinks
SCUBA Diving & Snorkeling Trips
Island Excursions, Tours & Private Island Beach Picnics
K250 / Person Environment & Conservation Levy
PLEASE NOTE: Prices are based on dual occupancy with a single occupancy supplement of PGK 500 per day. If children are sharing a bungalow with the parents, or if more than 2 guests per bungalow, there is a PGK 500 per day charge for the additional person (not including additional boat transfer fee of PGK 1,500 per person)
Beach Front Bungalows
All of our bungalows on Panasesa Island in The Conflict Islands face the lagoon beach with breath taking views over the other 20 islands just a few steps away from our signature white powdery sandy beaches and pristine clear turquoise water. Whilst waking up to the sunrise over the rest of the atoll, enjoy fresh PNG plunger coffee, tea, a fully stocked bar fridge and drinking water straight from the tap. Bungalows are all air conditioned with private balconies, hammocks and en-suite bathrooms equipped with hot and cold fresh water showers. The bungalows can be configured in various ways to accommodate your needs for either couples, families, or singles traveling together.
Our main house at Panasesa is the hub of the island where all meals are freshly prepared and served either outdoors on our beach front deck or upstairs on the balcony overlooking the stunning lagoon atoll or when weather does not permit, indoors in the upstairs dinning room. Upstairs there is also a comfortable lounge perfect for socializing where you have access to our free wi-fi through the islands VSAT internet system, and be looked after by our friendly and attentive local staff whilst you relax and enjoy this truly pristine and private paradise.
Travel to the islands takes approximately 12 hours on our vessel, MV Undersea Explorer, depending on weather, which has full amenities including air conditioning throughout and comfortable sleeper cabins for up to 14 passengers. The journey to the islands are usually done overnight, departing Alotau in the early afternoon, so after sleeping through the travel you wake the following morning at the islands ready for a full day. Upon departing the islands the same applies, the vessel departs after dinner onshore for your arrival into Alotau in time for a transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Port Moresby and beyond. Private flights directly to our air strip can also be arranged from Port Moresby.
Milne Bay Province is full of life with its incredible underwater life 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 in the world due to it being location within the epicentre of marine biodiversity. The Conflict Islands are sensational for SCUBA divers of all experience levels and offer dives with smaller groups tailor made to your preferences and skill level. We choose dive sites based on weather and underwater conditions throughout your stay so that you can enjoy the best of what is on offer. Daily schedules are made to suit your holiday whilst your guide will take care of the more mundane tasks such as gear setup and planning. All equipment can be provided as part of your stay which is well looked after and maintained; however, it is recommended you bring you own mask, fins, thermal wear and dive computer if possible to ensure maximum comfortability.
Snorkeling at The Conflict Islands and Milne Bay offers world-class experiences since you will most likely be the only person in the water enjoying curious creatures that might otherwise be scared off with larger groups. Both off the beach and on organised boat trips will give you the chance to see a variety of sites throughout your stay. With just your mask, fins and snorkel in hand which will be provided free of charge, you can walk right from the beach into water you can stand up in and enjoy turtles, reef sharks and a plethora of fish life and critters. For those looking to adventure into the deeper waters to explore the outer reefs and freediving, we have a 600m drop-off wall within swimming distance from our ocean beach side which boasts some of the most extensive marine biodiversity and biomass in the world. Our boats can also take you out on guided snorkeling experiences to some of the other islands where you can enjoy drift snorkels along the incredible walls and channels, deep water caves and crevices all within just 10-15 drive from Panasesa Islands. Do not miss out on this underwater paradise, it is certainly one of the highlights of the islands, snorkeling lessons and guiding can be arranged and buoyancy equipment can be used to make you feel more at home allowing you to enjoy the underwater world in peace.
Private Island Beach Picnics
The Conflict Islands is made up of 21 pristine and un-inhabited islands, why not go for a cruise and step foot on some of them whilst being guided around by our staff who live here all year round. They can climb coconut trees for you, take you snorkeling and teach you a bit more about the islands and their make-up. Trips can be custom made to your needs and wants to range from just a few hours to an entire day including picnic lunch and drinks. Enquire for more details with pricing based on numbers and timeframes.
The Conflict Islands is made up of 21 pristine and un-inhabited islands, why not go for a cruise and step foot on some of them whilst being guided around by our staff who live here all year round. They can climb coconut trees for you, take you snorkeling and teach you a bit more about the islands and their make-up. Trips can be custom made to your needs and wants ranging from just a few hours to an entire day including picnic lunch and drinks. Enquire for more details with pricing based on numbers and timeframes.
Sail away, sail away, sail away. Sunrise or sunset. Laser or traditional sailing canoe (during certain times of year). Novice or daredevil. The choice is yours. There are endless lists of sailing experiences you can enjoy within the atoll and with two Laser setups, why not explore some of the atoll together? 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.
Milne Bay Province has two distinct seasons with June til September offering some of the best kite surfing conditions you could wish for. With sheltered shallow lagoons and sand banks scattered around The Conflict Islands’ atoll combining with steady winds of up to 25-30 kts all day and know one else to get in your way, you can always be sure you will have an amazing day kiting Saftey boats can be provided upon request with trained staff to take care of you, however, we do not currently offer kite surfing lessons or equipment for hire, kite surfers must have all of their own equipment.
Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Pick up your clear bottom kayaks or stand-up paddle board and head off on your own adventure. All of our equipment of free of charge to use for our guests so you can get up close and personal with the shallow water coral gardens, tropical fish and turtles. The coral reef and fish life starts right from the shore whilst you can also venture out a little further to get a glimpse of some of our outer reef marine life with even our local Manta Rays known to check out the kayaks. Land your kayak on the sandy shore where a beach picnic or sunset cocktail await. Yes you are in heaven!
Whilst we consider ourselves an eco-friendly resort and strive to maintain the marine resources and health of the reefs here through our turtle and other conservation programs, what is more sustainable that line-catching or spearing you own dinner? Here at The Conflict Islands we catch fresh fish for your dinner and invite you to join us on certain days to learn how the locals do it. You can also charter our 33ft Grady White custom fishing boat to go further afield to satisfy those more adventurous fishermen and women. Overfishing is something we are very aware of so fishing everyday, even for catch and release purposes and not within our ethics so please contact us in advanced in you wish to do so.
The main island of Panasesa on the eastern part of the atoll will be your base and is the only island within the atoll holding any infrastructure. There is also a beautifully crafted island pathway circumnavigating Panasesa Island approximately 2 kms around giving our visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy the island and its stunning panoramic views finding an idyllic location to spend the day in paradise.
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.
Milne Bay has recorded a third of the world’s species of marine fish and is listed as an ‘ecological hotspot’ with some of the greatest marine biodiversity in the world. The Conflict Islands is therefore home to an abundance of fish meaning large birds of prey such as White-Bellied Sea Eagles, Osprey’s and Brumley Kite’s prowl the shores in search for food. During the summer months, nesting turtles can be found flooding the waters off The Conflict Islands will many of them being key nesting beaches for both Green & Hawksbill Turtles, including Panasesa Island.
Science & Research
Here at The Conflict Islands, we have the unique opportunity to host science and research expeditions assisting with logistics along the way in this difficult to access and remote part of the world. With a fully commercially, Australian surveyed SCUBA Diving Live aboard vessel, MV Undersea Explorer, and a well developed island base, we can help plan and coordinate even the complex missions.