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Dive Review of Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea/eastern fields, ashmore, boot

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Roberta Beals, TX, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4751
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Galapagos, Hawaii ,Palau, Yap,Tahiti,
Truk lagoon
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 200    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
once the captan evaluated you diving he left you alone  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Good set up for both digital video and photography.  Plenty of recharging
stations and room to work.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Air Niuginni runs on island time. Make sure you have an adequate layover if
returning to the states via Fiji. No problems with baggage. Check online
for latest information.  
This was my first time to PNG and the Coral sea. Captan Greg was
accommodating and helpful. He would direct the dives and ensure safety. 
Helen and Else cooked up a wide variety of food that was better than most
restaurants.  The staff always has a smile and is ready to help point out
critters.  They were willing to help one of the passengers that had a mild
mobility impairment in and out of their gear and the water. 
You should be comfortable in the water before coming to this area. The sea
is changing all the time.  However, this has to be the most diversified
underwater life for any one location. The only thing I didn't see was a
whale. You can not beat the diving. We experienced reefs never seen before.

 We were out to sea for 14 days. Only a few equipment malfunctions
occurred. They were fixed in a timely manner.
The ship will soon be headed down for the summer to dry dock in  Australia.
  
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