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Dive Review of MV FeBrina in
Papua New Guinea/New Britain Island

MV FeBrina: "FeBrina, Lots of Positives in Spite of a Unique Set of Circumstances", Mar, 2018,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 10255 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Fiji, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red Sea, Solomon Islands, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Rabaul Getting There Fly to Brisbane, Australia; fly from there to Port Moresby, PNG; fly to Rabaul

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't do anything stupid, don't empty your tank
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments While there wasn't a camera room on the boat there was sufficient space, if we all took turns, to make working with our camera ... 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
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Almost since I got certified 25 years ago I have read/heard about the MV FeBrina; its captain, Alan Raabe; and the diving in PNG. So, when Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock (Secret Sea Visions) advertised a trip on the FeBrina for March of 2018 I signed up. While the FeBrina for most of the year uses Walindi Plantation Resort on the north coast of New Britain as a home port and explores Kimbe Bay and the surrounding area; due to the weather conditions in the Kimbe Bay region in March (the end of the rainy season) the particular trip we would be going on was scheduled to leave from Rabaul at the northeast point of New Britain and we would dive our way across the Solomon Sea to Milne Bay and end in Alotau at the southeast point of the main body of PNG. As I am a macro fan and Milne Bay is renowne ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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