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Dive Review of Walindi Plantation Resort/MV Febrina in
Papua New Guinea

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert and Laura Mosqueda, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6380
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Florida, Hawaii, Sea of Cortez, Little Cayman, Indonesia
(Sulawesi, Bunaken, Lembeh, Komodo), Solomon Islands, Cocos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 125    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
recreational limits. There was rarely reason to go much below 100 feet.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Spectacular reefs with incredible density of colorful fish. Vibrant,
healthy coral. We rarely saw another boat and it was fun to have the ocean
to ourselves. Although the Febrina doesn't look like much from the outside,
its layout is great for divers and the main cabin and rooms are very
comfortable. Super-friendly staff kept things clean and comfortable. Josie
the divemaster ruled the roost with a quick wit, sharp eye, and expectation
of excellence.... plus she's incredibly fun! Alan the captain is
accessible, knowledgeable, and a great character to have a drink with. 
Build in extra time for flights since the flight from Port Moresby to
Walindi is weather-dependent and might be overbooked. Arrive early so that
you get a seat (this applies for both directions... insist that the people
in Walindi get you to the airport early! Even though you'll hang around in
a crummy building for 90-120 minutes, it's better than finding out your
flight was over-sold and you don't have a place to sit). Once you arrive
it's about a one hour drive from the airport to Walindi resort. It was nice
to spend the night at the resort. The following day you can go on a hike or
get in a few morning dives before boarding the Febrina. 
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