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Dive Review of Beqa Lagoon Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Lagoon

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Horne, La, USA
Report Number 3907
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Hondurus, Caymans, Cuba, Indonesia, Somosoma straights,(Fiji),
Great barrier Reef, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were in groups with dive master in accordance with pre-determined
dive plans from the dive master.  However, dive times and plans were
loosely applied with little interference from the dive master.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Accomodations for photographers were sparse.  These consisted of a fresh
water bucket on the boat for placing all camera gear in between dives.
Storage of equipment, repair/set-up facilities were not available, so
equipment was taken back to the room after each dive.  Minimal availability
of extra charging areas.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
The overall experience of BLR was good, but average.  

The Fijian people are some of the friendliest people on earth.  They are
always willing to help and greet everyone with a genuine smile and anxious
"Bula."  Unfortunately, they seem so anxious to keep the guests
happy that they seem very reluctant to intercede on behalf of their reef. 

Divers who did not observe the rules of good reef stewardship were not
reprimanded by the dive masters.  An area of the reef was even noted to
have someone's name engraved in large letters into a coral head. In effect
killing it, and ruining the dive for those that follow.  The reef is in
poor shape as a result of storms and bleeching and will continue to
deteriorate unless action is taken by the locals to protect what little
they have.

Reports of the reef being dead below 45 feet are accurate.  There is little
to see below that depth.  The reef in areas of mild current and up above 20
feet seems vibrant and healthy, but is sparse.  It appears to be very
similar to the Keys in this respect.  Visibility fluctuated from 35 feet to
a maximum of around 60 feet depending on the weather.  The numbers of small
fish were average, but the numbers of large fish seen and species variation
was low.

The accomodations were average.  The meals probably slightly better than
average, but certainly not up to live aboard standards.  Considering the
cost of the trip and the amount of time getting not only to Fiji, but to
BLR itself, there are other areas in which to dive that offer more bang for
the buck.
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