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

Bamoo Reef Divers/Bamboo Beach Resort, Aug, 2004,

by Ronald Gillespie, CA, USA . Report 1375.

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

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 74 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]130 ft max depth, return to boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 mackerel!

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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