2019 Papua New Guinea Group Trip

  

 2019 Papua New Guinea Group Trip

Join us on this amazing trip to Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and the Fathers Reefs via MV FeBrina liveaboard.

October 28 - November 6, 2019

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Double Occupancy - $3,726

Single Occupancy - $4,875

 

Trip Overview - Spend 9 nights aboard the MV FeBrina liveaboard diving three areas on the Northern Coast of New Britain Island. Working out of Walindi Resort in the best weather months, FeBrina visits the "must dive" sites in Kimbe Bay, at Witu Islands and also the Fathers Reefs area. This itinerary gives a fantastic cross section of many different dive types, from coral gardens, sea mounts, reef walls, arches and overhanging ledges, to muck diving in rubbly black sand bays, watching from the water as dolphins play in the FeBrina bow wave or interacting with the ever curious turtles.

Diving Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands & Fathers Reefs

Kimbe Bay is home to stunning reefs with those brilliant coral formations you see in all the classic Walindi pics. Beautiful and dramatic sea mounts, coral laden walls and lush coral gardens are all a feature of Kimbe Bay diving, along with myriad fish and invertebrate life the reefs sustain.

Witu Islands are a group of islands, volcanic in origin, situated to the north west of Kimbe Bay. The diving is a mixture of sea mounts rising from deep waters to within metres of the surface (such as Lama shoals), beautiful coral arches and great night dives in the black sand bays of the islands. Lots of interaction with the locals trading fresh fruit and veg out of their canoes too.

Fathers Reefs are a series of off shore reefs, also volcanic in origin. The underwater topography is startlingly different with dramatic reefscapes, arches and swim throughs. Being offshore, these reefs also attract pelagic activity such as sharks, rays, turtles, schools of barracuda, jacks etc.

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Inclusions

✓ 9 nights ensuite accommodation on board MV FeBrina as reserved

✓ All meals and snacks

✓ Unlimited tea and coffee

✓ Final night dinner at Walindi Plantation Resort

✓ 7.5 days diving

✓ 4 or 5 dives per day

✓ Filled tanks

✓ Weight belt and weights

✓ Return airport transfers to and from Hoskins airport/Walindi

✓ Light laundry service daily.

Exclusions

✗ Flights

✗ Any meals taken at Walindi prior to boarding MV FeBrina or after disembarkation from the boat

✗ Souvenirs or items of a personal nature

✗ Gratuities

✗ Environmental and Safety Fees - US$54 per person, to be paid with trip cost in advance of arrival.

✗ Nitrox – available as a package for all dives during the trip = US$270 per person (ex GST) or US$10 per casual fill.

✗ Equipment Hire – Limited dive equipment and sizes are kept on board for hire.

✗ Alcohol/Bar – Local beers are available on board for a cost of PGK8 (SP) and PGK9 (SP Export). Softdrinks are available at a cost of PGK5 each. Wine is available by the bottle or glass (costs depend on wine type). We recommend that you bring your favourite spirit duty free for consumption on board, some spirits are available however they are quite expensive in Papua New Guinea.

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Trip Schedule - With an eight to ten hour steam between all three areas, you will be truly getting away from it all on this itinerary departure. Diving will start on the morning after departure and the last dive will be the dive prior to lunch on the day before disembarkation. MV FeBrina will return to port after the last dive, arriving back at Walindi early afternoon. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:

In general, the dive day will start at 6:30am. You will be woken by the crew with a knock on your cabin door (unless you request otherwise) at around 6:00am. A continental breakfast, tea and coffee will be available if you would like to have something light before diving. If you would prefer to skip the first dive on any day, simply advise the crew of this or put the “do not disturb” sign on your door handle.

Usual dive times are 6:30am, 9:00am and 11:30am (three dives before lunch), then an afternoon dive at 3:30pm and if the boat is not steaming, a night dive before dinner at 6:30pm. Dive briefings are held 15 minutes prior to the dive time.

Dive times may change depending on weather and tide, and you will be advised accordingly of any dive time changes. Note that the dive plan for the day can change at any time, depending on weather, tides, currents etc. For this reason, we do not have a written schedule of dives.

Please be assured that the Captain and crew always endeavor to dive on sites under optimum conditions, which sometimes means that planned dives/times may change at the last minute

 
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About MV Febrina - The MV FeBrina has been designed specifically as a scuba diving liveaboard with several different room/bed arrangements in 7 cabins, multiple decks, spacious dive deck and more. Guests may choose between a double cabin, four twin cabins or two single cabins, providing flexibility for both individual and group travelers.

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Flight Information

The closest airport to the departure point is Hoskins airport (HKN) and there are daily flights with Air Niugini and PNG Air from Port Moresby to Hoskins.

For guests arriving into Hoskins airport on 28th October, flights will be met by the Walindi Resort shuttle bus and guests transferred to FeBrina at the Walindi Wharf. The drive from Hoskins airport to Walindi is approximately 50 minutes. For guests transferring from Walindi Resort, boarding is from 4:00pm.

Disembarkation is prior to 9:00am on the morning of Wednesday 6th November 2019 at Walindi. Airport transfers will be arranged to meet outgoing flights from Hoskins airport 6th November. For those with early morning flight, early continental breakfast is provided prior to early transfer. For those with later departures, guests are welcome to use the Walindi Resort Main House facilities until their airport transfer.


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Payment Schedule
> $800 per person deposit due to confirm your spot on this workshop
 
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PNG Underwater Photos
Photos provided by Nate Lovas, Steve Jones, Cheyne Benjamin, Darek Sepiolo, Franco Banfi & Marcelo Krause
 
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FAQ

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Q: Is Papua New Guinea safe?
A: In a nutshell, yes! The majority of crime happens in the urban area of Port Moresby. The areas we visit are not high crime areas, and currently, there are no US State Department travel warnings for Papua New Guinea.

Q: What are the passport and visa requirements?
A: You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of proposed departure with at least 1 blank page. United States citizens are required to have a visa that can be obtained on arrival for free in Port Moresby, valid for stays up to 60 days. For more information and a list of free visa on arrival countries, see here.

Q: What dive equipment should I bring?
A: Divers should bring all their own personal equipment including BC, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, computer, and gauges. The vessel supplies tanks, weights, and weight belts. Limited equipment is available to rent for an additional charge.

Q: Is nitrox available?
A: Yes, nitrox is available as an option.

Q: How many people does the boat take?
A: The boat accommodates a maximum of 12 guests.

Q: Are the tanks DIN or yoke?
A: Both are available.
 
Q: What are the average water temperatures?
A: Water temps are between 79 - 82 F. Most people wear a 3mm or 5mm wetsuit.

Q: Do I need an electrical adapter?
A: Yes. Papua New Guinea uses plug type I, which is the same as Australia.

Q: Do I need any special vaccines?
A: Papua New Guinea does carry the risk of malaria and Zika, although the risk is small. The CDC currently recommends travelers be up to date on standard vaccinations, and also suggests Hepatitis A and Typhoid, which are commonly recommend for any international travel. For more information, you can check the CDC website for recommended vaccines for travel to Papua New Guinea here, and/or check with your physician.

Q: Will I get seasick?
A: If you tend to get seasick, we recommend you take Dramamine, Bonine, or another seasickness medication.

Q: Is there WiFi?
A: There is no wifi on the liveaboard.

Q: Does the boat take credit cards?
A: MV Febrina accepts AUD, USD, Euro and Kina as well as all major credit cards (MasterCard/ Visa/ Amex).
 
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