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Dive Review of MV Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea/Eastern Fields

MV Golden Dawn, Jan, 2007,

by Matt & Ellen Tate, Indiana, USA . Report 3172.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Pacific Rim, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, et al.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - Treated like responsible adults
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars 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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 48th Liveaboard trip and was the best. The boat was comfortable(max 10 divers). The crew outstanding(would give Ocean Rover a run).Food was varied and prepared properly. The weather allowed us to go beyond Eastern fields to the New Territories (50 miles west of Eastern Fields). All submerged reefs and atols. The trip was 16 days so we were able to do exploratory diving in what will be known as the Unknown Territories(miles south of the New Territories). The Shark action here was like it was 20-30 years ago. We believe that we were the first divers here(more than 100 miles from land). We saw Greys, White tips, Bulls, Hammerheads, Silver tips, and the rebreather folks saw a Thresher! The coral was fresh and untouched-both hard and soft. The reef fish were countless and curious (except for one snapper that bit me on the back of the neck - ouch). The currents got a little hairy at times, so it wasn't for the meek. I have run out of space; suffice it to say there were many wonderful adventures for our memories.
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