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Dive Review of Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea/Madang - Wewak

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Jenkins, CA, USA
Report Number 220
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Solomons, Sipadan, Cocos, Galapagos, Coral Sea, Hawaii, California,
Carribean, other PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
common sense; solo diving OK.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
E6 available; projector & screen; good charging space; work space
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
(Scale 1-10) Overall:  9.   14 nights out of Madang to the Manus, Hermit
and Ninigo Islands south to Wewak.  Visibility up to 200.  79F near Madang
to 84F in the North.  This was one of my best trips.  EAN highly

Sea life  pelagics and large fish:  9.  Mobula, eagle, marble rays;
white-tip, black-tip, grey reef silvertip sharks; huge napoleon wrasses,
schools of bumphead parrots, jacks, barracuda, oceanic triggers, snappers,

Sea life  reef:   9.  Healthy, large variety and quantity of triggers,
angels, bat fish, lion fish, flatheads, scorpion fish, octopus, etc.; huge
sea fans, gorgonians, whips, etc.

Sea life  critters:  5.  Good variety of nudis and some critters on wreck
dives.  We really didnt spend time looking for critters.
Dive briefings/guides:  6.   Craig (Craig de Wit, owner/operator)
accompanied some divers on some dives.  No other dive guides were
available.  Briefings were generally excellent.  The boat does 4 or 5
different itineraries around PNG.  The sites are pristine.  No briefings
like there are two leaf scorpion fish on the wall at 60.

Food:  10.  Best Ive had on any boat and almost any resort.   Divers are
treated as responsible adults.  A glass of wine with dinner does not mean
no night diving.

Cabins:  8.  Clean, comfortable, and sufficiently roomy for a relatively
small boat.  Cabins 4 & 5 are on the main deck with en suite heads. 
The crew cleaned the cabins and made beds daily.  Each cabin has separate

Boat layout:  9.  The lounge is spacious for 8  10 people.  Meals are
served at a large table above decks with a nice breeze.  A wide-screen
projection unit with surround sound for watching movies when there is no
night dive.  

Boat layout for diving and photography:  6.   About 40% of diving is from
the boat via side entries.  Return is via a single set of steps up to the
side.  The steps flap and move wildly in the current and swell.  I found
this no problem.  Others had some difficulty; Craig had them just surface
for zodiac pickup.  The crew was happy to take gear to the tender and help
you put it on at the dive site.  Only three photographers and they used up
the table and floor space in the lounge.  The suiting-up area and gear
storage was adequate.

Crew and overall service:  10.  Excellent!  The whole crew did an
outstanding job.  Fills were perfect.  Craig (owner/operator) ran the tour
and dove with us:  good stories, good dive guide, and very enthusiastic
about the diving.  Nice touches such as rinsing all the gear daily and
doing the final gear clean up for you.
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