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Dive Review of Mike Ball Paradise Sport in
Papua New Guinea/Kavieng/Kimbe Bay

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Edith Summey, IL, USA
Report Number 2113
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
USA (FL,IL,NC,TX,MO,CA,Alaska),
Canada(BC,Nanavut),Greenland,Carribbean(Bahamas,Turks&Caicos,Curacau,Bo
naire,Belize,Mexico)Pacific(Socorro,CocosIsland ,Galapagos,Tahiti,Truk
Lagoon,Palau,Yap,Sipadan,Bali,N.Sulawesi,Phuket,Burma,PNG) Australia,
Antartica, Mediterranean (Costa Brava, S. France, Corsica, Sardina, Italy),
Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Varied with conditions, but usually per training and computer.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
There is plenty of room on the dive deck for cameras, housings, charging,
rinsing and whatever. The crew was helpful with equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
     I went on this trip alone but joined the group Denver Divers whom I
had met on the Tahiti Aggressor previously. Unfortunately, someone on the
boat brought along a cold and shared it with the rest of us so that most of
the divers spent much of the 10 day trip nursing runny noses, coughs, and
general malaise.  As a result, I missed about half of the dives. I am quite
sure I would have had a much better impression of PNG had I not felt so
under the weather. 
     Nevertheless, I did manage to take a few photos and quite a lot of
video.  But, in general I felt that the areas we visited did not live up to
the rave reviews I had heard. The coral was not particularly spectacular or
colorful. I had expected more soft coral. However, I did especially enjoy
some of the sites near Kimbe and found the sponges there to be quite
unusual. There were lots of sharks cruising around. We trapped some
nautilus which we photographed before releasing.  The terrain was
interesting with high profile peaks and valleys.  
     The Paradise Sport is a comfortable boat with a good layout. The crew
was attentive, food good, and service fine. The dive crew is helpful
without being intrusive. Solo diving is allowed for those qualified. I flew
in on Air Niugini via Singapore to avoid Quantas or other airlines where
there may be severe restriction both for carryon baggage and lower
allowance for baggage on PNG domestic flights. As a result, I managed to
avoid any charges for excess baggage throughout the trip. It pays to check
on such matters in advance. 
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