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Dive Review of Mike Ball in
Papua New Guinea

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Erhardt, Ca, USA
Report Number 2915
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
89   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 fsw max  
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
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Unbelivable
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
First, let me say I am not a writer. After a lifetime of diving th
Caribbean and Central America, we decided to venture West or Western
Pacific. We went to livaboad and land based resorts in Fiji,Philippines and
Micronesia. I have been reading Undercurrents for years and have planned
many a trip from the reader reports, I have decided to write a report, to
pay back all the subscribers who have taken the time to write in. Mike Ball
& PNG, all I can say is "OH MY GOD" plan your trip & get
your tickets, it is BEYOND words.
We flew Qantas to Sydney, (not a very friendly airlines) then to Carines,
and finally to Port Morsby and Kimbe on the worlds oldest Foker 100's. What
a long trip, but well worth the time. The Paradise Sport, docks at the
Walindi Resort for the Kimbe trips. The Mike Ball and Paradise Sport is a
perfectly run operation, from the Capt Larry and DM Leeane and the cook
Waz, to the rest of the crew, WOW. I can only tell you folks that live and
breath diving, get over there now.PNG is healthy and in AAA condition, the
fish are everywhere and plenty of sharks, don't miss the village visit and
the MUCK diving in the extinct volcano, critters, abound. This place should
be on the "Must Dive" list of everyone who has 2 weeks or more to
travel. I am a tech and rebreather diver, who was bored with diving, I am
now REBORN, can't wait to return.
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