There are two full time dive boats in Papua New Guinea, The MV Chertan and MV Febrina.
The MV Chertan is the culmination of a dream for dive master and host, Rob, who's had 30 years exploring the blue, clear waters of Milne Bay and beyond: it has given him a unique insight into the wonders of the area. A cruise on Chertan offers unlimited diving for the enthusiast as well as an introduction to the local culture.
The Chertan's itineraries are all about adventure, challenge and discovery in conditions that few have experienced. From dugouts to dugongs, from plunging coral drop-offs to towering volcanic mountains, skull caves and thermal springs, from hammerhead sharks to manta rays, the region is truly unique.
Equally special is the ambiance on board Chertan where the crew's priority is your comfort and enjoyment.
MV FeBrina dives the areas of Kimbe Bay and surrounding waters along the northern coast of New Britain, such as the Witu Islands to the north west and Fathers Reefs to the north east of Kavieng. These waters are home to prolific and diverse marine creatures and corals. Recent marine surveys in Kimbe Bay have recorded over 350 species of reef building corals and over 900 species of fish. The reefs are a photographer's paradise. Pristine and colorful corals are home to a variety of fish, crustacean and invertebrate life. Many of the reefs have resident schools of barracuda, tuna, and jacks. A range of shark species are regularly sighted, including hammerheads and silvertips, particularly at the outer reefs of Fathers and Witu. Visibility ranges from 80 to 150 feet, depending on the season and water temperatures range between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Weather is tropical with little seasonal variation.
The MV FeBrina is fast becoming one of the world's best known live-aboard dive boats. Given a five star rating in all categories in a leading dive guide and highly recommended in the prestigious Harper & Queen, FeBrina is a 72 foot long vessel, fully air-conditioned and fitted with every convenience to make your trip one of the most enjoyable you will ever experience.
Most diving is from FeBrina's spacious dive deck, with easy access via the water level dive platform. Some of the reefs are current washed, without current the spectacular marine life would not be there, however, the wide range of dive sites means that it is not necessary to dive at a site if currents are unmanageable at the time.
Package 1- Chertan:
8 nights from $3125 per person ex Cairns or $3180 ex Brisbane, single, twin or double share
Package 2 - Febrina:
7 nights from $2895* per person ex Cairns or $2945 ex Brisbane, single, twin or double share.
* Special Price is valid for the following departures only.
30 November to 07 December 2012
08 December to 15 December 2012
Single cabins are limited, so book early.
A 25% deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 90 days must be paid in full to secure. Prices may vary and cannot be guaranteed until full payment has been received. All credit card and international bank fees will be borne by the client. Additional nights accommodation and meals are not included in the costs. Travel insurance is mandatory.