Diving Loloata Photo Gallery

Loloata Island Resort is 20km southeast off the coast of Port Moresby in Bootless Bay. Loloata, meaning "one-hill island", is one of four islands in Bootless Bay, the others being Mutopore, Manunouha, and Bunamotu.


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The Victoria crowned pigeon, Goura victoria, is one of four large crowned pigeons endemic to New Guinea.

The Yellow-lipped (banded) sea krait, Laticauda colubrina, comes up on land to rest, digest, and reproduce. They are quite venomous but are not aggressive.

At the time the resort had only 16 rooms plus a conference center.

Most of the dive sites were bommies that form part of a very large chain of reefs, Horseshoe Reef, across the entrance to Bootless Bay. There were also several wrecks. The afternoon dive was usually a "muck" dive.

Reef scenes:



broken-bands pipefish, Corythoichthys sp.

network pipefish, Corythoichthys flavofasciatus

ornate ghost pipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus


marbled snake eel, Callechelys marmorata


horned flathead, Thysanophrys carbunculus

Scorpionfish, stonefish and lionfish:

weedy scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa

lacy scorpionfish, Rhinopias aphanes

leaf scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus

devil scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis diabolus

reef stonefish, Synanceia verrucosa

spotfin lionfish, Pterois antennata

common lionfish, Pterois volitans


many-spotted (harlequin) sweetlips, Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides

goldstriped (goldlined) sweetlips, Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia

diagonal-banded (lined) sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus


leopard flounder, Bothus pantherinus


striped puffer, Arothron manilensis

blackspotted puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus

black-saddled toby, Canthigaster valentini

papuan toby, Canthigaster papua


latticed sandperch, Parapercis clathrata


clearfin lizardfish, Synodus dermatogenys

two-spot lizardfish, Synodus binoeatus


long-ray dwarfgoby, Trimma griffithsi

fire dartfish, Nemateleotris magnifica

yellow shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus sp.


triplespot blenny, Crossosalarias macrospilus


freckled hawkfish, Paracirrhites fosteri


pink anemonefish, Amphiprion penderaion

red and black anemonefish, Amphiprion melanopus

spinecheek anemonefish, Premnas biaculeatus

clown anemonefish, Amphiprion percula

saddleback anemonefish, Amphiprion polymnus


doublebar goatfish, Parupeneus bifasciatus

freckled goatfish, Upeneus tragula


scalefin anthias, Pseudanthias squamipinnis


long-beaked coralfish, Chelmon rostratus

Other fish:

two-spot snapper, Lutjanus biguttatus

reticuled dascyllus, Dascyllus reticulatus

slender grouper, Amyperodon leucogrammicus


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Rhopalaea sp.

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social tunicates, Clavelina diminuta

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Sea cucumbers:

blackspotted sea cucumber, Bohadschia graeffei

Dark sea cucumber, Polyplectana nigra

Sea stars:

Mulitpore sea star, Linckia multifora

Warty sea stae, Echinaster callosus

Heffernan's sea star, Celerina heffermani

Granular sea star, Choriaster granulatus

Chocolate chip sea star, Protoreaster nodosus


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Carpenter's feather star, Oligometra carpenteri

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Very spiny feather star, Colobometra perspinosa

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Bennwtt's feather star, Oxycomanthus bennetti

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Brittle stars:

dark red-spined brittle star, Ophiothrix purpurea


abalone, Haliotis sp.

tiger cowrie, Cypraea tigris

tiger eye cowrie, Cuspivolva (Crenavolva) tigris

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Sea kraits:

Yellow-lipped (banded) sea krait, Laticauda colubrina

Nudibranchs and sea slugs (NOTE: we are not experts on these animals. A lot of the identifications here are tentative; please correct us if you can);

Chromodoris magnifica

spotted hypselodoris, Hypselodoris maculosa

Phyllidiella rudmani

swollen phyllidia, Phyllidia varicosa

Shireen's phyllidiopsis,Phyllidiopsis shireenae

Bullock's hypselodoris, Hypselodoris bullocki

Chromodoris kuniei

Chromodoris willani

Phyllidiella annulata

sky blue phyllidia, Phyllidia coelestis

pimpled phyllidiella, Phyllidiella pustulosa

Phyllidiella cooraburrama

Phyllidiella nigra

blue velvet headshield slug, Chelidonura vanans


upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea andromeda



spotted porcelain crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus


Sarasvati anemone shrimp, Periclimenes sarasavati

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translucent gorgonium shrimp, Manipontonia psamathe

Holthuis' anemone shrimp, Ancylomenes holthuisi

Hamodactylus cf. boschmai

Bruce's hinge-beak shrimp, Rhynchocinetes brucei

banded coral shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

blue boxer shtimp, Stenopus tenuirostris

white-banded cleaner shrimp, Lysmata amboinensis


painted spiny lobster, Panulirus versicolor

Hermit crabs:

dark knee hermit crab, Dardanus lagopodes


flatworm, Phrikoceros lizardensis

fan worm, Sabellastarte sanctijosephi

Christmas tree worm, Spirobranchus giganteus

spaghetti worm, Loimia medusa

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