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Dive Review of MV Oceania/Walindi in
Papua New Guinea/New Britian

MV Oceania/Walindi: "Combo of Dives from Walindi and MV Oceania", Oct, 2022,

by Jeffrey F Tonn, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 12280 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We started our diving at Walindi with 8 dives from their day boats. The first dive was super-fishy, with very healthy coral- a great omen for the trip. We then moved to the Oceania, a very recently refitted liveaboard for about 19 guests. There were 11 of us, so there was nice room everywhere, in the salon, at the dinner table, and on the dive deck! The queen cabins were very nice, but a little tight for space. We adapted, but a few more wall hooks would be nice! We dove Kimbe Bay, the Witu Islands and Father's Reef. This was our second PNG trip, and vis was better than last time, but still not super. The schools of fish were fantastic, particularly the smaller fish in huge schools. The coral was super healthy, and the water was the warmest we've ever dived. I wore a skin, but was never chilled, and never put on my vest! There were some currents around the seamounts, but nothing too big. Many on the boat wanted no current at all, but of course the current brings the fish! Sharks were scarce, saw maybe 3. I'd do this trip again in a flash!
Websites MV Oceania   Walindi

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Solomon Islands, Palau, Galapagos, Indonesia, Philippines, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans, Bonaire, Roatan, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Mexico, Australia
Closest Airport Hoskins Getting There Cairns or Brisbane to Pt. Moresby, then short hop to Hoskins

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 88-°F / 31-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive masters were very careful with cameras, and the dunk tank was always clean. There were lots of cameras onboard, so the camera table was always full.
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