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Dive Review of MV Golden Dawn in
Papua New Guinea/Eastern Fields

MV Golden Dawn, Dec, 2003,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA . Report 859.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Milne Bay PNG, Little & Grand Cayman, Cozumel, British Columbia, Channel Islands, Florida, Hawaii.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my second trip to Papua New Guinea, and my first to the Eastern Fields/Portlock Reefs on the MV Golden Dawn. The boat is ran very well, the dive operation, food, and physical structure of the boat was excellent. The captain, Craig DeWitt, is interested in providing "adventure diving", some of which is exploratory, as opposed to running "milk run" itineries. Opportunity was provided for nitrox or rebreather diving on the Draeger Atlantis rebreather. This destination offered the finest in coral reef/pelagic combinations as far as I'm concerned. Swarms of all types of reef fish, fabulous coral, including table coral and fans as big as barn doors, schools of jacks, rainbow runners, bluefin trevalley, tuna, barracuda, and more big sharks, especially silvertips than I could deal with. Carl's Ultimate reef, along with Susie's Bommie were the highlights of the trip. See the somewhat dated Undercurrent article on the Golden Dawn. It is still an accurate reflection of the experience and provides more detail than this report can. Rebreathers added adventure, education, and closer/more intimate encounters with the various fish. If you love open ocean virgin reefs/walls/pinnacles in the most remote location imaginable, this is the place.
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