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Dive Review of Febrina in
Papua New Guinea/Walindi to Rabual

Febrina, Jul, 2007,

by Jeffrey M Gerstein, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3451.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Australia, PNG - Milney Bay, Belize, Galapagos, Hawaia, Venezuela, Red Sea, Monterey CA, Baja, Thailand,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments plugs in rooms, bring adapter and converter is you need it, plenty of safe storage on dive deck and plugs

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was the second trip to PNG for my mother and myself, organized by Uncommon Adventures in Southern CA (who organized prior trips to PNG and Galapagos / Jim,, very knowledgeable). Initially booked on Peter Hughes boat then which was in for repair and so changed to liveaboard The Febrina...what luck. Usually liveaboard has been on larger boat i.e. Mike Ball. The boat had 8 guests including ourselves (could hold 12-14, AC and showers worked well, we had owners suite and cabin adjacent. The personal attention from the crew and captain, combined with the superlative diving found in PNG made this an unforgettable trip. I could not recommend the boat more.

One could dive up to 5 times a day for 6.5 days on a 8 day trip from Wallindi Plantation to Rabual. Hugely diverse coral, fish, photo ops, you name it. We included trip to Highlands at Ambua Lodge on this trip,, the year prior to Carrawary Lodge on the Sepic,, both a 'must do' if you are schlepping this far. This trip we started in Australia for a Minke Whale trip with Mike Ball.

Again,, go on the Febrina and check if captain Allen is going to be on the trip,,, unforgettable.
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