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Dive Review of Aqua-Trek/Uprising Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Lagoon

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Gina Sanfilippo, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5035
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, Tonga, Mergui, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Monterey
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Reef dives were limited to approx. 45 minutes.

Shark dives were 20-25 mins. at depth watching the feed, plus an additional
15-20 mins. on the adjacent shallower reef.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
The boat has no facilities for cameras, and the shop has only a dunk tank,
although this isn't much of an issue since this is only a day boat.

Photographers are given prime spots to see sharks, but beware--there are so
many fish at the shark feedings that it's hard to take photos of the
sharks.  Concentrate on the sharks at the back & outer edges.  Also,
take photos without a strobe as there is so much particulate matter in the
water you will be lots of backscatter if you use your strobe.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Aqua-Trek is the outfit that started shark dive in the Beqa area.  There
are now two dive shops that do shark feeding dives (at separate locations),
and additional shops partner with one shop or the other and accompany them
on dives.  You will pay a FJ$15 per day fee on top of your dive cost; this
amount goes to a local tribe who allows Aqua-Trek to dive their waters, and
in exchange that tribe will not fish there (and therefore deplete the area
of fish and sharks), but more importantly, the tribe will not allow anyone
else to fish their waters either.

Two shark dives are done at the same location with an hour surface interval
between dives.  Several safety divers are on-hand to make sure everything
goes as planned.  Nurse sharks of 5-9 foot/2-3 meters are regulars.  I saw
as many as 7 bull sharks of 5-7 feet/2-2.5 meters on all 6 shark dives,
although they are shy and tend to stay to the back and sides.  Silvertips
and grey reef sharks are also common, and one day we were lucky enough to
see a 9-10 foot/3 meter tiger shark.

After the feeding portion of the dive is over you can spend some time
exploring the adjacent reef.  Sadly, too many sloppy divers have killed
most of the coral there, but there are still some fish and nice scenery to
pass the end of your dive.

The shop owner/shark feeder Brendan is friendly, knowledgeable, and
promotes shark conservation.

One day we did a two-tank reef dive which was very nice, although maybe not
as stunning as other parts of Fiji.  Fish were plentiful and we did see a
little whitetip reef shark.  There were only five divers for this trip and
it was good to have a small group like that.

Although Aqua-Trek is based out of the Pearl Resort, we stayed at the
Uprising Beach Resort there in Pacific Harbour.  Don't make the same
mistake we did.  

The resort looks nice, but we had many problems including: roaches in the
bed, handle falling off the shower, shower water vacillates between hot and
cold, you cannot access your bathroom from inside your bure (why is it
outside?), key does not open the front door and you have to walk through
the sand to unlock the back door, food ranged from mediocre to inedible,
restaurant staff had difficulty understanding English, restaurant staff
frequently had difficulty taking orders and often forgot things, etc.  In
addition, the Uprising is a 20- to 30-minute walk from any other restaurant
or cafe, so unless you have a car it is difficult to eat elsewhere,
particularly if it is dark or raining outside.

The only advantage the Uprising has to the Pearl Resort is its private
bures.  If you really have to have a private bure then stay here,
otherwise, stay elsewhere.
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