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

Mike Ball Paradise Sport, Sep, 2004,

by Edith Summey, IL, USA . Report 2113.

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, Bonaire, 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
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
UW Photo 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
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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