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Dive Review of La Fabrina in
Papua New Guinea/New Britain

La Fabrina: "La Fabrina from Papua New Guinea", Oct, 2016,

by Anne Warburton, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9215.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Had thought that PNG was the Mecca of the dive community. DMs were very good but kept showing us the same fish or nudi that we had seen and also the smallest stuff they could find. Hard to see with old eyes. Accommodations on the La Fabrina were very small. Neither my roommate nor I could climb into the one person bunk so had to sleep in the bottom double bed. Bathroom was tiny. Breakfast was made to order - cold, eggs, cereal, toast and/or pancakes. Lunch had multiple dishes - at least 6-7. Dinner was served so one dish was available. Vegans were accommodated. Five dives a day: three in the am starting at 6:30, with two more in the am, one in the afternoon and ending with a dusk or night dive. Dives were at least 60 minutes with some extending to 85 minutes. Most depths about 60-80 feet. Water temp was an unbelievable 88 degrees with one day at 90 degrees. Fish life was prolific but really saw nothing new except for 6-8 new nudies and some crabs at night. We did NOT see any frog fish, puffer, porcupine fish, or many of the different kinds of eel. We did see crocodilefish, scorpionfish, pipefish as well as anthias, trumpetfish, three types of shark, butterflyfish, bumphead parrotfish, octopus,some blennies and gobies, white tip, silver tip and gray reef sharks. Little current except for one dive. We were on many bommies and sea mounts without much current. There was a lot of wall and muck diving. UWP facilities were two tables on the boat near the suit-up area.
Websites La Fabrina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Indonesia, Caribbean, Mexico, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines
Closest Airport Hoskins Getting There van for about 50 minutes

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 88-90°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come up with 300psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a rinse tank for cameras on the boat. No special facilities for cameras except the outside table on either side of the boat where we suited up.
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