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Dive Review of Febrina Liveaboard in
Papua New Guinea/South Coast, New Britain

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Goren, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4348
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, US Great Lakes, US California, Thailand, Indonesia, Micronesia,
Hawaii, Maldives, Mexico, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum one hour dive time. 130 foot depth.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Plenty of storage for cameras, under cover. Also plenty of charging
stations for 110 or 220V. Crew is careful handling camera gear. Dive guides
are enthusiastic about finding critters and then finding you! And they
really know where they are on most sites. Even a night dive with only one
diver brings out two guides who constantly look for critters.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This is my fourth trip on the Febrina, but my first to their less dove
"South Coast" itinerary scheduled only during January-March. In
this season their usual Kimbe Bay itinerary is rainy, but the South Coast
microclimate is sunny. That's exactly what we found, plus truly spectacular
diving. As usual, except when moving, the Febrina offers 5 dives per day
(including one night dive just after dusk but before dinner). On average we
got 4 per day. The South Coast is every bit as good as Kimbe Bay, but
different. The only downside is few large pelagics. But huge gorgeous
fields of hard and soft coral and uncountable tropical fish, including
enormous schools. The downside for less experienced divers is occasional
very strong currents. As a result, many dives are drifts. Only a problem
when you try to stop to take video! And I was surprised how great the
macro-small critter opportunities were. Overall I would say it's a
combination of the best of Kimbe Bay and Lembeh Straits. I highly recommend
this itinerary. And the crew helpfulness, boat condition, and operational
excellence are the best I have ever seen.
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