FeBrina

Description:

© Peter Lange

© Peter Lange

FeBrina is a 72-foot luxury diving vessel that takes in the best sites in Papua New Guinea. With a maximum of only fourteen guests, FeBrina is truly spacious and provides plenty of room for underwater photographers with a double camera table on the dive deck.

Accommodation:

MV FeBrina came to Papua New Guinea as the life time dream of Captain Alan Raabe, combined with the foresight of Max Benjamin at Walindi Resort.

With Walindi Resort as her home port, and under the management of Alan, MV FeBrina has evolved into a boutique Liveaboard dive vessel, providing a unique diving experience in the bountiful waters of West New Britain.

MV FeBrina was purchased by her current owners, Max Benjamin and Alan Raabe, in 1991. At the time, FeBrina was a fishing and diving charter vessel operating out of Gladstone, Australia. Prior to delivering the boat from Australia to Papua New Guinea, the boat was totally refurbished to cater especially for divers and underwater photographers.

Since that time, there have been many changes to FeBrina, including the addition of an upper deck and relocation of the wheelhouse from main deck to upper deck, total rebuild of the forward cabins to 3 x ensuite cabins and total re-power of the boat with replacement of main engines and generators.

Today, MV FeBrina is 73 feet of liveaboard comfort and convenience. She is a stable and extremely seaworthy motor vessel, made for serious divers and photographers who want a total PNG dive experience.

FeBrina's crew are locally trained as divers, and they specialise in combining excellent service and meals in combination with the ultimate diving experience. The crew are friendly and humble, always ready to offer a smile and a helping hand. They are extraordinarily good "spotters" often pointing out elusive and rarely seen critters, much to everyone's delight.

The boat has 7 comfortable, individually air conditioned cabins in various configurations, catering for a maximum of 12 guests. The dive deck is well set out and diving couldn't be easier, donning your gear at the dive consoles and entering the water via the water level duckboard.

Diving:

Papua New Guinea is located in the coral triangle, the centre 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 colourful 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.

The coral reefs around Walindi are extraordinarily rich. A recent coral count of Kimbe Bay revealed an incredible 413 species of hard coral. This is over half the total world species in one Bay, a truly remarkable statistic which makes Kimbe Bay the "Coral Capital of the World". Over 900 species of fish have been recorded and this number will continue to grow as more research is done.

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