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Dive Review of Bamoo Reef Divers/Bamboo Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Ronald Gillespie, CA, USA
Report Number 1375
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman, Grand Turk, San Salvador(Bahamas), Bonaire, Curacao, Utila,
Roatan, Saba, Fiji (Taveuni & Beqa), Thailand, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]130 ft max depth, return to boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
[None]Bucket of fresh water was provided for my wife's video equipment.  
For the first 7 days of our trip, hers was the only camer a equipment on
the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Resort is situated on a little island off Raki Raki,very nice bures with
outside shower, beautifl landscaping, great view, and staff is absolutely
wonderful!   They treat you very well, names remembered after first
meeting, down to earth, genuinely warm and friendly people.  We purchased a
10 night stay, 8 days of 2 tank dive.   Upon arriving, we found out from
other divers that if you want to dive Vatu-I-Ra, since we've already paid
for 2 tanks dive, it's $40 additional per diver, and if you want to do the
third dive, it's total $85 per diver.  We did total 4 days at Vatu-I-Ra, 2
of them 3 tank dives.    It's a bit pricey, but definetly worth it.  
Better visility and a lot more to see.   Black Magic Mountain and Vatu
Express are my favorites.   Saw a lot of large spanish mackerel and every
reef was covered with fishes in all colors and sizes.    Water was bit
chilly, my wife was diving with 5mm full, with hooded 4mm vest.   Diving at
fringing reef was good, but depends on the tide and current.    Same dive
site can look totally different if the soft corals are not feeding and all
closed up.   Breathtaker is a great site to see grey and whitetip sharks.  
We did shore diving twice, pretty good if the visibility is decent.  
Should do it at least once to see the large school of feeding long-jawed

Food was almost "gourmet", excellent soup and great dessert every
night.   Va and Wilma who waited on us and tended the bar at happy hour
were super.  They really made our stay very special.  Band that plays at
the resort 3 times a week is fabulous.   Make sure to buy their CD if you
ever have a chance to meet them and hear them play. 

We had a wonderful time except for the missing divers from our boat, Dan
and Danielle on our third day of diving off Vatu-I-Ra.
Dan drove our boat 19 miles out to the "bligh waters" and they
went missing after their second dive.    Although this tragic accident
happened while we were on the same boat, we always felt safe diving with
Sammy, our divemaster, safe enought that we skipped a day but resumed
diving for 5 more days, twice back to Vatu-I-Ra.  

We would definetly consider going back to Bamboo Beach Resort and will
recommend this place to all of our dive buddies.   

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