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Dive Review of MV FeBrina/Walindi Resort in
Papua New Guinea

MV FeBrina/Walindi Resort, May, 2013,

by Marie Murray, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 7094.

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

Accommodations 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments There may be nothing bad to tell. I spent a couple of days on the Walindi Resort Day Boats prior to boarding the MV FeBrina for a 10 day cruise of Fathers, Witu and Kimbe Bay. Day Boat crews were excellent, sites beautiful, fairly short rides. Walindi Resort accommodations excellent - cottage lovely, staff welcoming, very attentive to all needs, great food, beautiful grounds.
MV FeBrina crew including dive master/guides, cabin crew, and cooks just wonderful, friendly, competent people. Two sometimes three local dive master/guides on every dive 4 to 5 dives daily. Maximum number of divers 12 - 11 on this trip due to accommodating three single divers - all skilled, experienced divers, photographers mostly considerate of each other's shots. Very relaxed, easy diving for the most part. Water too warm for my 3mm. wore just a full skin even on night dives. Boat is small but plenty of room for everything. Soft and hard corals & sea grasses, fans etc. in great shape, lots of fish, lots of reef sharks. Amazing muck diving. Only a few sites with strong currents, lots of great walls, some deeper swim throughs.
Food & wine fabulous - fresh, tasty and lots of it! PNG not easy to access from the US - 30 hour trip from San Francisco due to not great connections. used Air Niugini from Narita and back thru Hong Kong with great success - no major delays, no cancellations. Can't say enough great things about Walindi Resort and MVFeBrina!
Websites MV FeBrina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Fiji, Monterey, California Chanel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-120 Ft/ 18-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions back on boat with 500 psi; some time restrictions if needing to motor e.g. back by 4:30 from 3pm dive to move boat; no diving after drinking alcohol
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments crew of MV FeBrina exceptionally focused on finding small creatures for macro photographers. also very accommodating to photographers of all levels. lots of space for large rigs, lots of charging stations. very careful with all equipment.
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By philip nicozisisin FL, US at Aug 17, 2013 18:06 EST  
Nitrox ?
By jeffrey haberin CO, US at Dec 22, 2013 19:59 EST  
I am interested in PNG but have avoided it because of the travel difficulties - not easy to get to and stories about PNG not being safe. What was your experience?
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