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Dive Review of Beqa Lagoon(Marlin Bay) in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Lagoon

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by TERRY L. FLYNN, MO, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5516
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
East coast of U.S., Carribean, and Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depths and Times were checked amd recorded after each dive. Could go as a
group or in pairs  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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  
3 stars  
2 Rinse tanks were provided on the boats. Shore rinse tanks were minimal,
at best. Removed cameras to room after each dive. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Overall it was an excellent trip. The people of Fiji are the friendliest
I've encountered. Cries of "Bula" echoed everywhere. Even during
the 2 1/2 hour bus ride from the airport we encountered local people waving
and greeting us with "Bula". The hour liong boat ride was a
little rough. Most had to stand under the covered area to keep dry (It
poured down rain all the way over). We had to transfer to small boats for
the final 200 yards and the wade through ankle deep water to get ashore. It
sounds much worse than it is. I was the trip leader for 24 other diverws
and 4 non-divers and no-one complained. I heard very few complaints the
whole week we were there.  We were met and welcomed on the beach by the
resort staff. The resort and dive staff went extra lengths to accomodate,
always with a smile. Gear was placed outside of our rooms and taken to the
boats by the staff. It was rinsed and placed in the gear locker after the
boat dives each day by the staff. All we had to take to the boat each day
was our wetsuit and cameras. On arrival our luggage was picked up at the
airport and transported to our rooms, picked up at the end of the trip and
transported to the airport. The food was also very good. Meals were served
restaurant style, not on a  buffet. Trips to local villages and local
entertainment each evening was very good. Diving was also very good. I
expected more color on the reefs but the tropical fish were prolific. Lots
of opportunities for the UWP. Mild current on most dives depending on your
orientation on the reefs, but managable for everyone including new divers.
The captains knowledge of the area enabled us to dive in relative calm
areas throughout the lagoon.Boats were roomy and well run and the dive
staff was great at finding small critters. Our group was split into two
groups with 12 or 13 divers on each boat. Non-divers were allowed to
accompany the boat and snorkel at each site. Depths and dive times were
checked and recorded after each dive. This also ensured that everyone was
back aboard. Each diver had the opportunity to go in a group or explore as
a buddy team. Despite the long trip, 10 hours from Los Angeles, 2 1/2 hours
on a bus, an hour long boat ride and wading ashore (there are no docks), I
would repeat the trip in the future. To my new friends in Fiji--Bula!
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