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Dive Review of Mike Ball in
Papua New Guinea

Mike Ball, Apr, 2006,

by Terry Erhardt, Ca, USA . Report 2915.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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