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Dive Review of Paradise Sport in
Papua New Guinea/Milne Bay

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, Mexico
Report Number 944
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Galapagos, Socorro, Malpelo, Tahiti, Palau, Baja, Guadalupe Island,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
87   to 89    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only once (depht and time) on a 150 ft dive to see a B-17 bomber.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large facilities for this with fresh water, air hoses, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Australian boat belonging to Mike Ball Diving Expeditions. This is the
biggest liveaboard that I've ever known. The rooms are huge with plenty of
space for bagagge, clothing and extras that one might bring (I took a
standard room out of 4 categories that go from suites to budget). So is the
living/dining room with space for 22 divers plus crew, with 3 TV's, VCR,
DVD, etc. Food in general was good but meat was not, due to PNG standards.
This is a primitive country with few luxuries. People are very friendly and
often we had canoes alongside selling us fish and vegetables in exchange
for flour or rice. We visited 3 villages and got some souvenirs. Children
came aboard once to sing PNG songs to us.
Diving is world class and especially muck diving. I like to see big fish
and pelagics and there was almost none here, but the small critters more
than make up the trip for you. We saw Nudibranchs of all shapes and colors,
many different Lionfishes, Clownfishes, Harlequin Ghost Pipefish,
Seahorses, Cowrie Shells, Crystal Shrimp, Banded Coral Shrimp, Morays,
Lobsters, Starfish, Scorpionfish, Stripped Catfish, Helmet Gurnard,
Twinspot Lionfish, Demon Stinger, Blue Eyed Stingfish, Titan Triggerfish,
Cuttlefish. We saw at I Potato Ridge a Lacy Scorpionfish (Rhynopia) and at
Ayer's Rock 2 Blue Ribbon Eels. Also 2 Mobulas, Cockatoo Waspfish,
Razorfishes, Crocodilefish, Ocellated & Freycinet's Epaulette Sharks,
Blue Spotted Fantail Ray, Clown Triggerfish and hundreds more species.
It is a fantastic place to dive, even with no pelagics.

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