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Dive Review of Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Wick, Ca, USA
Report Number 2299
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Mexico, California, Socorro Islands, Galapagos Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Only safety restrictions were enforced.  My buddy and I
surfaced too quickly once (his regulator went free flow) and did not dive
for 24 hours. VERY safety minded without paranoia.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
[None]I cannot imagine a more exciting, informative, relaxed and pleasant
gastronomic fiesta!  Have been on this boat three times.  The water is
fantastic, the boat and accommodations very comfortable and the food is
incomparable.  Craig is (I am sure)the most accomplished ocean guide of PNG
and the most "common sense" dive master I've known! His life,
profession and love of the ocean and the life below it's surface fit him
like a glove!  I cannot emphasize my respect for him enough.  The crew is
top shelf and always smiling.  

The reefs are colorful and full of life.  From pygmy seahorses to sharks
and soft/hard corals to giant sea fans, the underwater world of PNG is a
veritable cornucopia of colors and textures.  Some swinging or swaying with
the ocean surges and others holding firm against strong, driivng currents. 

From nearly still waters to super strong currents blowing you wildly across
reef tops (as you tumble over and around almost uncontrollably) you will
experience many different diving conditions. Above all, when you return
from this trip, you will feel as if you have a boat load of friends in PNG.
I look forward to seeing my friends on the Golden Dawn again.  The genuine
nature of their life - the sincere caring and desire to make your trip as
good as it can be is compelling.  To live a life as genuine and pure as the
people on Golden Dawn do.... is something to which I aspire! 

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