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MV Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn

The 85ft' Luxury liveaboard Golden Dawn has a firmly established reputation for providing some of the best quality diving experiences in Papua New Guinea. The dedication of Golden Dawn's team to satisfy the demands of avid divers is now recognised world-wide.

Adventurous divers explore the most northern and the most southern reef systems in the country while relaxing in the comfort and safety of the ultimate liveaboard dive vessel. The waters of the Barrier Reef system around Papua New Guinea are famous for their beauitful marine flora and fauna. Privileged divers marvel at the Eastern Fields atoll, the jewel of the Coral Sea, with its rich coral gardens, big animals and awesome visibility.

Northern Papua New Guinea is a divers paradise. Experience spell-binding underwater action with thrilling drift dives and spectacular dives on historic WWII wrecks. There are many species of marine creatures endemic to Papua New Guinea, as well as a wide variety of nudibranch and frogfish.

The operators of Golden Dawn are keen underwater photographers and videographers and are always happy to show their guests these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. Constructed out of the finest timbers and beautifully refurbished throughout, Golden Dawn offers the most room per person at a length of eighty (80') feet, accommodating ten passengers in five individually air-conditioned, twin berth and double cabins. There are four guest bathrooms and two deck showers for quick rinses, and a fresh water maker insures that supplies are virtually unlimited.

Her spacious saloon and partially covered upper deck area provide passengers with ample room to relax while waiting for the next incredible dive! Her electronic equipment includes radar, global positioning system (GPS), plotter, a sophiscated SSB radio, video depth sounder and auto pilot, and the state-of-the-art satellite telephone communication system.

Also fitted are Naiad active fin stabilisers and statis "flopper stoppers" for even greater cruising comfort. The two dive tenders allow maximum flexibility and safety on dive sites. Golden Dawn is constantly being upgraded to meet the increasing standards required by international sport divers.

She has recently been outfitted with 2 rebreathers and several nitrox units, allowing more bottom time with less risks for the advanced diver. Golden Dawn operates the Eastern Fields trips during April through June and October through December.

During the months of January through March Golden Dawn voyages to Tufi where the famous B17 Flying Fortress "Black Jack" is considered the best airplane wreck in the world.

From July through September Golden Dawn's 10-day cruises from Madang and Wewak take the divers to Hermit, Ninigo and Bagabag Islands where surprises such as manta rays, turtles, and on ocassion Orcas have been spotted. "Muck Diving" is also an opportunity to see some of the rare species.

To kick the adrenline into overdrive, Golden Dawn's captain, Craig De Wit, has added some shark feeding that is truly a spectacular event. Our experiences at all of these sites have provided priceless memories.

Golden Dawn's cruises are reasonably priced and truly rate 5 stars!

Skilled Photographer

As a professional photographer, Julianne's photographs have appeared in numerous diving publications and corporate annual reports. Her corporate clients include Hitachi, LifeCell, Houston Chronicle, Russian Diving Federation and The Woodlands Athletic Center.


VESSEL NAME: Golden Dawn
VESSEL TYPE: Charter Vessel
REGISTERED: Papua New Guinea , owned and operated by Dolphin Enterprises
BUILDERS: Lars Halverson & Sons Pty Ltd.
CONSTRUCTION: Carvel planked, splined on Australian hardwoods
SURVEY STATUS: Papua New Guinea Coastal Endorsed to carry 70 day passengers and 12 overnight passengers
BEAM: 22ft (6.6m)
DRAFT: 6.5ft (2m)
CRUISE: 10Kts@1400 RPM
PROPULSION: Twin screws
ENGINES: 2 x Scania DSI 11R 82's 6 Cylinder, Turbo Charged Intercooled, 280 HP @1800 RPM, 70 L/Hr
AUXILIARY: 2 x 415v 3 Phase 55KVA and 24KVA
FUEL CAPACITY: 9000 Litres and Reverse
WATER CAPACITY: 4,500 Litres Osmosis FW maker
BERTHS: 18 total, 1 x 4 (crew), 1 x 2(crew), 5 x 2 (passenger), 1 x 2 (master), 6 bathrooms (2 for crew)
NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT: Radar, Autopilot, GPS, Depth Sounder, VHF, HF SSB,
GALLEY FACILITIES: Cooking facilities to accommodate full compliment and seating for 12 passengers.
MISCELLANEOUS: Fully Air Conditioned Cabins, some with ensuites. TV. &VCR. (NTSC &PAL) 110v charging, 1 x 18' rigid hull inflatable with 70 HP outboard and 1 x 14' rigid hull inflatable with 15 HP outboard, 15 CFM Ingersol Rand Compressor, & emergency compressor. NAIAD stabiisers & Sat Telephone plus Fax and E-mail, 5 rebreathers for hire


You Can Book direct:

Craig De Wit, Dolphin Enterprises
P.O.Box 1335,

Port Moresby,

Papua New Guinea


Fax: 675-325-0302

email: dive@mvgoldendawn.com



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