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

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
Report Number 859
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Milne Bay PNG, Little & Grand Cayman, Cozumel, British
Columbia, Channel Islands, Florida, Hawaii.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
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
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was my second trip to Papua New Guinea, and my first to the Eastern
Fields/Portlock Reefs on the MV Golden Dawn. The boat is ran very well, the
dive operation, food, and physical structure of the boat was excellent. The
captain, Craig DeWitt, is interested in providing "adventure
diving", some of which is exploratory, as opposed to running
"milk run" itineries. Opportunity was provided for nitrox or
rebreather diving on the Draeger Atlantis rebreather. This destination
offered the finest in coral reef/pelagic combinations as far as I'm
concerned. Swarms of all types of reef fish, fabulous coral, including
table coral and fans as big as barn doors, schools of jacks, rainbow
runners, bluefin trevalley, tuna, barracuda, and more big sharks,
especially silvertips than I could deal with. Carl's Ultimate reef, along
with Susie's Bommie were the highlights of the trip. See the somewhat dated
Undercurrent article on the Golden Dawn. It is still an accurate reflection
of the experience and provides more detail than this report can.
Rebreathers added adventure, education, and closer/more intimate encounters
with the various fish. If you love open ocean virgin reefs/walls/pinnacles
in the most remote location imaginable, this is the place. 
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