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Dive Review of Paradise Sport in
Papua New Guinea/Milne Bay

Paradise Sport, Jan, 2004,

by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, Mexico . Report 944.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Australian boat belonging to Mike Ball Diving Expeditions. This is the biggest liveaboard that I've ever known. The rooms are huge with plenty of space for bagagge, clothing and extras that one might bring (I took a standard room out of 4 categories that go from suites to budget). So is the living/dining room with space for 22 divers plus crew, with 3 TV's, VCR, DVD, etc. Food in general was good but meat was not, due to PNG standards.
This is a primitive country with few luxuries. People are very friendly and often we had canoes alongside selling us fish and vegetables in exchange for flour or rice. We visited 3 villages and got some souvenirs. Children came aboard once to sing PNG songs to us.
Diving is world class and especially muck diving. I like to see big fish and pelagics and there was almost none here, but the small critters more than make up the trip for you. We saw Nudibranchs of all shapes and colors, many different Lionfishes, Clownfishes, Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Seahorses, Cowrie Shells, Crystal Shrimp, Banded Coral Shrimp, Morays, Lobsters, Starfish, Scorpionfish, Stripped Catfish, Helmet Gurnard, Twinspot Lionfish, Demon Stinger, Blue Eyed Stingfish, Titan Triggerfish, Cuttlefish. We saw at I Potato Ridge a Lacy Scorpionfish (Rhynopia) and at Ayer's Rock 2 Blue Ribbon Eels. Also 2 Mobulas, Cockatoo Waspfish, Razorfishes, Crocodilefish, Ocellated & Freycinet's Epaulette Sharks, Blue Spotted Fantail Ray, Clown Triggerfish and hundreds more species.
It is a fantastic place to dive, even with no pelagics.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Galapagos, Socorro, Malpelo, Tahiti, Palau, Baja, Guadalupe Island, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 87-89°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-100 Ft/ 3-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only once (depht and time) on a 150 ft dive to see a B-17 bomber.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 Large facilities for this with fresh water, air hoses, etc.
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