GOLDEN DAWN'S annual
schedule of dive destinations involves relocating the vessel to different
locations in the country. This enables us to offer our clients the kind
of varied and exciting diving that is consistent with Papua New Guinea's
reputation for world class underwater action
as we choose to dive these regions during the optimum weather conditions.
and October GOLDEN
mantas in southern Milne
This is not the usual "milk run" originally pioneered
and made famous by Bob
and Dinah Halstead*, though
a few of the sites are covered on route to Samarai Island
region. There are a number of varied dives on this
schedule, strong current to 'muck' dives, though the sensation are the
mantas at "Giants at Home". Here in shallow water, large coral boulders,
with a healthy cover of soft corals are scattered over a sandy
bottom. Big sweet lips, groupers, Hump Headed Parrotfish and even Dugong
make an appearance.
giant mantas come in to be cleaned by the wrasse on the large bommies.
There are at least a dozen individuals in the 9'-12' (3-4m) range and
you can get so close you can fill a fish eye lens. As we spend some
considerable time at this location everybody will get the opportunity
to get close to these magnificent creatures. The visibility here
modest as it is full of plankton and that is what mantas prefer.
and Dinah Halstead's image library at www.halsteaddiving.com/index3.htm