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Dive Review of Febrina Liveaboard in
Papua New Guinea/South Coast, New Britain

Febrina Liveaboard, Feb, 2008,

by Robert Goren, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4348.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean, US Great Lakes, US California, Thailand, Indonesia, Micronesia, Hawaii, Maldives, Mexico, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum one hour dive time. 130 foot depth.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of storage for cameras, under cover. Also plenty of charging stations for 110 or 220V. Crew is careful handling camera gear. Dive guides are enthusiastic about finding critters and then finding you! And they really know where they are on most sites. Even a night dive with only one diver brings out two guides who constantly look for critters.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my fourth trip on the Febrina, but my first to their less dove "South Coast" itinerary scheduled only during January-March. In this season their usual Kimbe Bay itinerary is rainy, but the South Coast microclimate is sunny. That's exactly what we found, plus truly spectacular diving. As usual, except when moving, the Febrina offers 5 dives per day (including one night dive just after dusk but before dinner). On average we got 4 per day. The South Coast is every bit as good as Kimbe Bay, but different. The only downside is few large pelagics. But huge gorgeous fields of hard and soft coral and uncountable tropical fish, including enormous schools. The downside for less experienced divers is occasional very strong currents. As a result, many dives are drifts. Only a problem when you try to stop to take video! And I was surprised how great the macro-small critter opportunities were. Overall I would say it's a combination of the best of Kimbe Bay and Lembeh Straits. I highly recommend this itinerary. And the crew helpfulness, boat condition, and operational excellence are the best I have ever seen.
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