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Dive Review of Febrina in
Papua New Guinea

Febrina: "A little bit of everything in a week", Jul, 2017,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 9686 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 A week aboard the iconic FeBrina should be on the menu of serious live aboard divers trips. While an older boat, it is comfortable and the warm friendly crew is too notch. Only holds 12 and were lucky that only six onboard for our week. More like a family than a business, with the unique captain and owner Alan Raabe interacting with customers from time to time. He is a force of nature and a legend in the diving world. Knowledgeable, and idiosyncratic i loved talking and learning from him, but some may find him too direct or opinionated. He is actually a kind man inside

Food is plentiful, varied and gets an A grade for a diveboat, particularly the lunches. Free wine at dinner is nice

But you are here to dive. Three dives most days before lunch is a nice regimen. Then a siesta, afternoon fourth dive and even a night dive every night if you still have energy. They curate a diverse set of experiences with bit macro and pelagic dives. Superb dive staff/leaders who have been on the boat for years

Visibility was good to great and health of reefs and fish life prolific.

Spend a few days in Brisbane on the way home. Great city that is underappreciated.
Websites Febrina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Mexico, Red Sea, etc.
Closest Airport Hoskins Getting There Brisbane easiest path from US

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guide on each dive if you wished or dive with your buddy. Dive thoughtfully as you are remote.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very accommodating. Dedicated space but not a lot especially if 12 divers.
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