Welcome to Loloata Island
After the hurly-burly of Port Moresby, Loloata Island Resort is the perfect tonic, with first-rate diving as well as snorkelling, fishing and kayaking. There are around 30 dive sites, including wreck dives (notably, a Boston A20 bomber), but many people come simply to do nothing for a few days. Loloata is popular with day-trippers from Port Moresby; weekends can get busy here. A day trip, including return transfers, from Port Moresby, lunch and a diving/snorkelling trip to the reefs around nearby Lion Island costs K165. Accommodation is provided in large, comfortable beachfront bungalows that have panoramic views northeast across Bootless Bay and the Owen Stanley Range on the mainland. The island has many semi-tame wallabies that graze along the walking paths, and there are tree kangaroos and parrots in an enclosure. Diving costs A$75 for one or A$190 for three dives (including equipment); night dives and PADI courses are also available.
Loloata offers a range of tours (such as Varirata National Park, Sogeri, Owers’ Corner). To get there, drive out on the Rigo Rd (which meets the airport road in Six Mile) to the Tahira Boating Centre on Bootless Bay. The resort’s boats make regular trips to the island. Alternatively, call ahead and the resort bus will collect you from the airport or your hotel.