May 272011

For the month of June I will be aboard MV Golden Dawn with Captain Craig de Wit and photographer Tony Wu, and friends. We will be cruising along the Papuan Coast from Port Moresby sampling the wonderful and rarely dived “Beautiful Bommies” that stud the Papuan Barrier Reef. I’m hoping we might also get a look at the 11,000 tonne shipwreck, Maritime Hibiscus, one of my all time favourite dives. We will check out the astonishing wharf at Samarai, and dive with the mantas at Gonubalabala Island.

There is a P40 aircraft wreck that needs to be found and we may have a chance to look for it guided by information provided by Graeme Houghton, the son of the pilot who ditched it. The pilot survived the ditching and the wreck should be in excellent condition. We will also be exploring the Star Reefs, diving some shipwrecks, rattling the sharks and generally having a simply magnificent time. We end the cruise in Alotau.

MV Golden Dawn, Bismarck Sea

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