FeBrina

Overview:

MV FeBrina, together with skipper/owner Alan Raabe, has been working in Papua New Guinea waters since 1991 when the vessel arrived at Walindi Resort. The quality diving experience MV FeBrina offers can be quantified by the high number of repeat clientele she enjoys.

FeBrina cruises from her home port, Walindi Plantation Resort, visiting areas further afield such as Witu Islands, Fathers Reefs, South Coast New Britain and Rabaul. FeBrina’s signature itinerary is Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Father Reefs which is offered in April, May and June, September, October and November.

During July and August, FeBrina operates mid year itineraries, diving Kimbe Bay, Fathers Reefs and Lolobau Island. Selected mid year itineraries travel from Walindi to Rabaul and return. January, February and March see FeBrina exploring the Southern Coast of New Britain, based out of Rabaul. On selected itineraries during the year, the boat also visits the New Hanover area up towards Kavieng.

Accommodations:

FeBrina is a very comfortable and stable vessel, offering seven, roomy, air conditioned cabins, all with ensuite facilities, in a combination of double, twin and single configurations for a maximum of 12 divers. The cabins have been custom built to include plenty of storage area and make maximum use of space available. Bathroom facilities all have regular flush toilets. The well laid out dive deck and water level duck board make your diving a breeze. With permanent moorings on most dive sites, your gear all set up and ready for you and an attentive dive crew on hand to assist with camera gear, diving couldn’t be easier.

Dining:

A continental breakfast (cereal/toast/fruit/coffee/juice) is available from 5:30 AM. A hot breakfast is served after the first dive. Just take a seat and a stewardess will take your breakfast order. Lunch is served buffet style at approximately 1:00 PM after the third dive. Dinner is served as a sit down meal at 8:00 PM after the night dive, or at 7:00 PM if there is no night dive. Morning tea is also served during the morning and pre-dinner snacks are served late afternoon/early evening.

Sample Itinerary:

Itineraries currently offered are:

– North Coast New Britain Itineraries

  • Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands, Fathers Reefs
  • Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands, Channels between New Hanover and New Ireland (Kavieng area), Fathers Reefs
  • Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands
  • Kimbe Bay, Fathers Reefs, Lolobau Islands, Fairway Reef
  • Kimbe Bay, Fathers Reefs, Rabaul (and vice versa)

– South Coast New Britain Itineraries

  • Waterfall Bay, Lindenhave, Gasmata

The Diving: 

Papua New Guinea is located in the coral triangle, the center of marine biodiversity which has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world. The waters of New Britain are home to prolific and diverse marine creatures and corals. 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 on the offshore reefs.

Visibility in all areas range from 80-150 feet, depending on the season. Water temperatures range between 85 and 90 F. Weather is tropical with little seasonal variation.

Diving will start on the morning after departure. In general, the dive day will start at 6:30 AM. Usual dive times are 6:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM (three dives before lunch), then an afternoon dive at 3:30 PM and if the boat is not steaming, a night dive before dinner at 6:30 PM.

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