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Dive Review of Febrina in
Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay to Kaviang

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry L Tuttle, AZ, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6074
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia PNG Maldives various other live aboards and resorts
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
safety stop  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Plenty of room for set up and storage. Great critter finders-- Digger is
energetic and on a mission for photo ops.  We wanted boxer crabs and Digger
made in happen several times
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Bad is PNG and Air Nuguini. Air fares are high. Flights get cancelled. Just
go with the flow you eventually get where you want to go. I was caught with
too few pages empty pages in my passport and was close to being denied
entry as a result. After pleading logic finally prevailed only to be faced
with a cancelled flight and an overnight in Port Moresby.
Great is the boat and the diving.
Febrina is one of the few boats still operating in PNG.  This was my first
trip on the boat and I was very impressed with the boat and the operation.
Forward cabins were recently redone making them more comfortable with
bathrooms in each cabin. Crew was one of the best.  First boat I have ever
been on with as many women crew as men. Maybe that says something. All PNG
natives except Alan, the owner.  
Boat food was good by PNG standards plus wine at dinner was included. Wine
was not "plonk" and Alan was certainly generous with the pour.
Diving included four dives plus a night dive on most days. Dive sites on
our 12 night itinerary included the Wetu Islands, Kaviang and Fathers reef
which gave us a good variety of diving and experiences.  Josie and Digger
as dive guides were great companions underwater and did a good job at
finding the small stuff. 
Plenty of sharks and barracuda in Fathers reef area-  Grey reef, Silver
Tip, white tip reef sharks plus George II the friendly barracuda.
For small critters this is not Milne Bay or Lembeh Strait so you will nor
be wowed. But to their credit the dive guides do a good job of finding what
is available.
Finally these are great reefs, outstanding coral life and good fish life
that are hard to find today
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