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Dive Review of FeBrina in
Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay, Witu, Fathers Reef

FeBrina: "Widespread Dead and Dying Reef", Oct, 2018,

by David Marchese, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 10598 has 5 Helpful votes.

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Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bay Islands, Bahamas, Fiji, Saba, Maldives, California, Revillagigedo, Cozumel, Midway, Kona, Galapagos, Panama, Palau, Tahiti, Cocos, Malpelo, Tonga, PNG, Komodo, Sulawesi, Holbox, Solomon Islands, Belize, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakitobi, Alor, Marquesas, GBR
Closest Airport Hoskins Getting There Via Port Moresby

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes/dive
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The boat is set up very well for photographers; however, on many dives, there was nothing to shoot and there was a lot o ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments In general, the reefs were devastated and there were very few fish (big schools of barracuda being the exception). It was shocking to see dead reef after dead reef after reading rave reviews in Undercurrent from just a few months ago. The crew said that most of the die-off occurred in the last couple of months. Most reefs were 50% - 75% dead (some were 90% dead - one was "only" 25% dead). What was alive was all one color - brown (mostly stag horn ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By scubafanaticin , at Nov 04, 2018 16:55 EST  
Thanks for the honest report, I'd much rather hear/read truthful facts than plan trips based on travel agent/dive resort propaganda.
By wunderhornin , at Jan 16, 2019 18:49 EST  
I'm saddened to learn that the reefs are not in good condition. :(
By wunderhornin , at Jan 16, 2019 18:49 EST  
I'm saddened to learn that the reefs are not in good condition. :(
By tchomikin , at Jan 19, 2019 21:22 EST  
Wow, this is very surprising as there is so much positive hype about Kimbe Bay, Witu, and Fathers reef diving. I was thinking of a trip October 2019, but will have to reevaluate. I did Raja Ampat/ Misool in 2013, and was thinking this would be as good or better. Doesn't seem so. What month was your trip?
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