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Dive Review of Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea

Golden Dawn, Dec, 2005,

by Jim Wick, Ca, USA . Report 2299.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Mexico, California, Socorro Islands, Galapagos Islands.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [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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