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Diving for tanks around Suzie's Bommie

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The Islands of Papua New Guinea's Duke of York Group are surrounded by a fringed coral reef grown over with sea fans and are the final resting place for two Japanese WW2 tanks, still intact and lying in only 15 feet of water.

Three more recently built ships have been intentionally sunk in a nearby lagoon to create an artificial reef. It takes a while for coral to take to painted metal, but these ships are developing nicely and offer both reef and wreck dining in one.

The famous Suzie’s Bommie, a mushroom shaped coral dome fish and divers flock to, is another of the top dives in Papua New Guinea. With its diversity of marine life and white sandy bottom, Suzie's Bommie is a great place to catch a glimpse of a pygmy seahorse or admire the delicate looking, lace like coral structures that grow out of the rocks.

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Great marine life and fantastic coral

Suzie’s Bommie is like a giant coral covered mushroom sitting in the middle of a stretch of white sand and it’s teeming with life. The strong current brings in schools of fish, I saw snapper, wrasse, sweetlips, stonefish and batfish. I also saw pygmy seahorses which I thought were fantastic, the way they held on to the bommie with their tails and then held on to each other. It was really magic. And I saw a sea snake, I went with a couple of guys who’d been there a couple of times before and apparently quite a lot of sea snakes live around the base of the bommie, so you’ve got a good chance of seeing one too. The diving is pretty shallow around the bommie, maybe 15 to 30 metres down for the best view. There’s a few other good sites nearby and you’ll see an incredible variety of coral, the sea fans are especially impressive.

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