FeBrinaPapua New Guinea liveaboard
Operating out of the Walindi Plantation Resort on the shores of Kimbe Bay, the MV FeBrina is one of the few liveaboards diving the relatively unexplored waters of Papua New Guinea.
Purpose built as a diving boat in 1972, with many refits over the years, the latest full update being in 2013, the FeBrina is a modern, comfortable boutique liveaboard which offers professional and personal service to just 12 guests with unique diving in remote sites rarely visited by divers.
FeBrina offers 8, 9 and 10 night itineraries varying throughout the year. From April to June and September to November the boat offers the Signature Itinerary of Kimbe Bay, Witu Islands and Fathers Reefs. During July and August are the mid-year itineraries, diving Kimbe Bay, Fathers Reefs and Lolobau Island. From January to March the FeBrina explores the South Coast of New Britain from Rabaul.
To find out more about this area, visit our PNG page.
From Port Moresby you take a domestic flight with Air Niugini to Hoskins, which will take approximately 90 minutes. Upon arrival in Hoskins you will be met by a representative from Walindi/FeBrina who will assist with your luggage and transfer by car to the resort, which will take approximately 55 minutes. Embarkation time is approximately 6pm on arrival day and disembarkation is no later than 9am on the final day.
Guide price: 8nts from £3000pp* / 9nts from £3700pp* / 10nts from £4000pp*
Includes: Accommodation & diving, meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, weights & weight belts, personal light laundry service daily, airport or hotel transfers, complimentary wine with dinner, final night dinner at Walindi Plantation Resort.
Not included: International and domestic flights, hire equipment, nitrox, alcoholic beverages, environmental & safety fees, fuel surcharge (if applicable), excursions and gratuities.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Extend your stay
Papua New Guinea has many options if you wished to extend your stay. The FeBrina and Walindi Plantation Resort is a perfect twin centre itinerary to get your liveaboard and resort diving fix. Otherwise there is hiking the Kokoda Track, which covers the path of an iconic WWII battle between the Australians and the Japanese in the rainforest, experiencing the culture and traditions of the Huli people in Tari Valley, canoe along the narrow jungle waterways of the Karawari River or ride the surf on one of the many virtually undiscovered breaks.
Whatever you may fancy adding on to your Papua New Guinea trip we will be happy to guide you and to assist with your travel needs.
Accommodation & Facilities
The FeBrina has 7 comfortable cabins which are located on the lower deck. There are 4 twin/double cabins with a double bed and single upper bunk, 1 double cabin and 2 single cabins. All cabins are air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom, porthole window and ample storage.
On the main deck you will find the saloon/dining area, bar and galley. There is also a sun deck towards the front of the vessel which is a great place to relax between dives.
The spacious dive deck has personal storages areas for each diver, camera station with charging outlets, water fountain, mask defogging station, two fresh water showers and a supply of fresh towels. There are 4 or 5 dives a day offered, 3 in the morning before lunch, followed by 1 in the afternoon and 1 night dive. All diving is conducted from a water level duckboard at the rear of the boat, making entry and exit really simple and easy.
FeBrina trips start on different days of the week, so please ask about the scheduled departures and we will be happy to help.
FeBrina’s Signature Itinerary covers three areas of diving on the Northern Coast of New Britain Island. Working out of Walindi Resort in our best weather months, FeBrina visits the “must dive” sites in Kimbe Bay, at Witu Islands and also the Fathers Reefs area. Signature Itineraries are typically 9 and 10 nights. With an eight to ten hour steam between all three areas, you will be truly “getting away from it all” on a Signature Itinerary departure. Very rarely will you see another diver on a reef while at Witu islands or Fathers Reefs, other than your fellow FeBrina guests.
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.
Mid Year Itinerary
FeBrina operates several 8 night Mid Year Itineraries during the year.
During July and August, we cover two areas of diving on the Northern Coast of New Britain Island. Working out of Walindi Resort, FeBrina dives in Kimbe Bay and Fathers Reefs, including Lolobau Island.
In July, FeBrina operates two Mid Year trips in conjunction with the Rabaul Mask Festival. One trip will depart Walindi and finish in Rabaul, arriving at the start of the festival. And the second trip departs from Rabaul at the end of the festival and returns to Walindi. Diving for these two departures covers Kimbe Bay and Fathers Reefs, plus a day diving around Rabaul.
The 8 night Mid Year itineraries in the shoulder months, late June and late November operate out of Walindi and also cover two areas, Kimbe Bay and either Witu Islands OR Fathers Reefs, whichever has the best diving at the time.
During the early months of the year, MV FeBrina relocates to take advantage of best weather months in selected areas of Papua New Guinea and offer alternative itineraries for repeat clientele. Alternate itineraries differ from year to year and include South Coast New Britain (out of Rabaul).
South Coast New Britain diving is a wonderland of rare and unusual critters. Most of the diving is on fringing reefs and lagoons. This is quite different diving to the sea mounts and deep drop offs of Kimbe Bay and our North Coast itineraries.
Milne Bay area will excite lovers of pelagic fish as well as the smaller reef dwellers. Manta rays are regularly sighted on one particular reef.
A stopover in the Tufi area is included on Rabaul to Milne Bay trips and diving includes a mix of critters and pelagics, along with stunning above water scenery.
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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
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