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Dive Review of MV Febrina in
Papua New Guinea

MV Febrina: "Awesome return as good as ever aboard FeBrina.", Apr, 2015,

by Roger D Roth, OH, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8385.

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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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Having dived from the FeBrina a number of times since the 90ís with the reknowned Captain Alan Raabe, I was looking forward to finding even more critters than ever before and I was not let down. Besides the usual casual swimming with silver tip and gray reef sharks on certain dive sites, I was again awed by the amount of critters that are found on many of the reefs and muck dive sites.
For instance on one muck dive site alone, there was a field of garden eels easily approachable if one knows how, a couple of mantis shrimp rolling their eyes at us, two different species of flat heads different than the usual crocodilefish, leaffish, pairs of twin spot gobies, a harlequin ghost pipefish, a few species of anemonefish, a coral banded shrimp that seemed to be a camera hog, mimic octopus, a pair of harlequin shrimp, juvenile lobster, saron shrimp, and the dive ended with a juvenile frogfish prancing across the seafloor.
Macro hunters can count on my old friends Josie and Digger who has been on the boat for about 25 years as well as the other divemasters like Lucas to find countless species of shrimp from the emperors found on the sea cucumbers and other creatures to the cleaners, thors, and crinoid shrimp that inundate the waters of the Bismarck Sea. Crabs range from the easy to spot box crabs and decorator crabs to the small soft coral and tiny hard coral crabs hiding in the small holes with their claws moving like the boxer crabs we were shown. Nudibranch hunters will definitely not be disappointed except when they lose count of how many species theyíve seen in only one trip.
Juvenile critters are abundant as well. A short list of ones we saw includes scorpionfish, frogfish, boxfish that look like a little shy pea hiding behind a sea pen stalk, damsels, yellowtail coris wrasse, harlequin spotted sweetlips that seem to have an endless amount of energy and many others I havenít yet identified in my videos.
Some other reefs and bommies are surrounded by huge schools of barracuda and three different species of jacks anyone can slowly swim through. Some of the hawksbill turtles are so friendly, they startle you when they lovingly swim up behind you and nudge you to pay attention to them. Cuttlefish abound and in the right season itís not uncommon to find their eggs inside hard coral crevices, or even catching them mating and laying their eggs during the same dive.
Divers can also count on finding octopus (maybe even a mating pair like we did), pipefishes and robust ghost pipefishes, pipehorses, seahorses, electric file clams and swimming file clams, flying gurnards, and even schools of striped eel catfish leapfrogging over each other in their traditional way to feed in the sand.
The gals on the staff can always be found giggling together while they do their wonderfully complete jobs of cooking, housekeeping, waitressing and the complimentary laundry for guests.
I could continue with much more, but you need to be contacting your travel agent! Sea Ya!
Websites MV Febrina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Lembeh Strait, Hawaii, Caribbean, Fiji, Cayman, Belize, Curacao, Bonaire,
Closest Airport Hoskins Getting There LAX - POM - HKN

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive safe
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 4 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 Cameras are kept near gear boxes so all equipment is within reach. There are plenty of charging stations and crew is extremely attentive to how you want your cameras held and cared for.
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