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Dive Review of MV Oceania in
Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay

MV Oceania: "Excellent 10-days on Oceania Liveaboard across Kimbe Bay, PNG", May, 2023,

by Rick Morgan, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 12480.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 Really, very few surprises. Travel to PNG is challenging--allow an extra day each way, or better yet, spend time diving at Walindi, where Oceania docks. No mention was made of COVID, and nobody onboard appeared sick.

Oceania is a very solid 28-meter catamaran with diesel engines and redundant generators and watermakers, all of which seemed completely up to the task. Dan Johnson (owner, master, and cruise director) did an extensive, multi-year refit, the boat was launched as a liveaboard in 2017. Eight cabins (identical, I believe) accommodate 16 passengers. Our trip had 11 divers and tw ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia; Bonaire; Costa Rica; Fiji; Florida keys; Grand/Little Cayman; Saba; St. Croix; Galapagos; Tuscany
Closest Airport Hoskins via Port Moresby Getting There Long trip. Ohio-Atlanta-Sydney-Brisbane-Port Moresby-Hoskins

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 83-87°F / 28-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-90 Ft/ 3-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70 minute max, not enforced, but most dives were deeper anyway
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Oceania has a 4x8 foot table on the dive deck for cameras. There were five medium-size ( ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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