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Dive Review of Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea/eastern fields, ashmore, boot

Golden Dawn, Apr, 2009,

by Roberta Beals, TX, United States ( 1 report). Report 4751.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Galapagos, Hawaii , Palau, Yap, Tahiti, Truk lagoon
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions once the captan evaluated you diving he left you alone
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good set up for both digital video and photography. Plenty of recharging stations and room to work.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Air Niuginni runs on island time. Make sure you have an adequate layover if returning to the states via Fiji. No problems with baggage. Check online for latest information.
This was my first time to PNG and the Coral sea. Captan Greg was accommodating and helpful. He would direct the dives and ensure safety. Helen and Else cooked up a wide variety of food that was better than most restaurants. The staff always has a smile and is ready to help point out critters. They were willing to help one of the passengers that had a mild mobility impairment in and out of their gear and the water.
You should be comfortable in the water before coming to this area. The sea is changing all the time. However, this has to be the most diversified underwater life for any one location. The only thing I didn't see was a whale. You can not beat the diving. We experienced reefs never seen before.
We were out to sea for 14 days. Only a few equipment malfunctions occurred. They were fixed in a timely manner.
The ship will soon be headed down for the summer to dry dock in Australia.
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