Renowned the world over for its abundance of both fresh and blue water fish, Papua New Guinea is quite simply an angler’s paradise. As a near-untouched marine haven, it attracts fishing enthusiasts from all over the world seeking to catch everything from giant dogtooth tuna to the mighty Papua New Guinea Black Bass.
But long before the wider world became aware of PNG’s prolific fishing options, local fishermen were plying the waters for fish to feed their communities, with spearfishing among the traditional methods used.
The technique remains popular throughout coastal villages today, and steadily the region is becoming renowned as both an idyllic and rewarding site for the activity of spearfishing.
Here’s a guide to the tradition of spearfishing in PNG and some of the country’s best-known spearfishing sites.