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Dive Review of Viva Divers/Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach in

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff, VA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4997
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cancun, St Thomas, Mexican Riviera, Turks & Caicos,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time, but given ample time if on computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Viva Divers is the dive operator for the all inclusive resort Viva Wyndham
Fortuna Beach. I did some research before my trip, but not much written
about this dive operator. Looked at their web site ( and
compared the dive sites and rates with that of UNEXSO. Although VIVA does
not have a "shark feeding" dive, they do go to Shark Alley where
the shark feeding operators go. I thought I would give VIVA a shot and then
decide if it would be worth almost double the cost per dive plus Taxi fare
to go elsewhere. 

I called the dive shop prior to my trip and was lucky enough to talk to
Patty (owner) who pleasantly answered all my questions and penciled me in
for all the dives I anticipated doing. She explained that it would be easy
to take me off the board if I did not want to go on a particular dive (no

I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of registering for dives, and total
friendly and knowlegable dive staff and owners. I had all of my equipment.
I observed that those who rented gear were personally attended to by the
staff and the rental gear was in great condition. The shop was very
organized. The dive master had no problem replacing a divers failed
equipment (the divers own equipment, not rental) while on the boat before a
dive. Most dive masters were multilingual and gave pre-dive briefings in
several languages (needed as many divers were from Italy, France and
Germany). Viva has a secured location for hanging rinsed gear until the
next dive.

My first dive was to shark alley where 10+ 6' grey reef sharks arrived at
the site as soon as we descended. They cruised by at very close range too.
I thought I could reach out and pet it, but did not of course. AWESOME! I
had already experienced a shark feeding dive and felt that seeing the
sharks in a more natural state was just as exhilerating.

After experiencing my first dive with VIVA I was hooked. No need to go
elsewhere. I was pleasantly greeted by name everyday by all staff. The dive
shop was casually very organized and well run. All staff knew what their
roles were each day. Nothing ever appeared rushed or stressful but we
always got our dives in at the scheduled times.

Eventhough the resort was at full capacity, the dive boat was only full on
one dive. I was on several dives with only 4 other divers.

We never went to the same dive site twice during my stay. All sites were
5-10 minutes from the resort. 

No night dives but that is OK. No trip to Theo's Wreck but that was fine
with me too. We dove a few smaller wrecks.

Overall, this was a great dive week experience made possible by VIVA
Divers. Patty, Stephen, Steffi and Sawyer - Thanks

This dive operator was the best feature of the resort.

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