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

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Krippendorf, CA, USA
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Report Number 3963
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, Fiji, Hawaii,
Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Roatan, Sea of Cortez, Turks and Caicos

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet max, dive using computers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Dedicated water bucket in the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was my second trip to Beqa Lagoon Resort.

The Bad: Visibility was just okay on most boat dives, with a lot of
biological "stuff" in the water. The visibility on the shore
dives at the resort was between 10 and 20 feet (max). Our prior trip was in
July 2005 and we had much clearer water (usually 100 feet on the boat
The A/C in our room made noise, but did little else, making it impossible
to get a break from the afternoon heat and humidity.

The good: Friendly staff, excellent food, and the boat crews did a solid
job of getting us safely to and from the sites.
Unlike our prior trip where the boats dropped anchor at the sites, causing
damage to the corals, moorings are now used.

The optional big fish & shark encounter was well worth the additional
fee. Unfortunately the visibility was only about 25 feet at the site on our
trip, making photography very difficult. Seeing 20+ foot bull sharks, 15
foot lemon sharks, and other large sharks, along with many larger species
of fish was exciting. A few divers, including my wife, were offered the
unique experience of going beyond the observation boundary rope line out
into the teaming mass of fish. My wife was able to pet a 25 foot bull shark
from head to tail, and lived to tell us about it.

Had we known the visibility would be so poor, we probably would have picked
another location for a February trip, and returned to Beqa Lagoon in July
or August some other year.
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Subscriber's Comments

By lrollins at Jun 28, 2013 01:03 EST  
Beqa Lagoon Resort is the only dive operation that I've encountered (I've
dove more than 130 dives in Hawaii, Cayman, Mexico, and Florida Keys) that
doesn't assist divers up the ladder. I should know, I lost parts of several
fingers from a ladder injury at Beqa Lagoon Resort. When I was there, Beqa
Lagoon Resort also did not tie down the ladder. These two factors will
affect me for the rest of my life due to serious PTSD and chronic nerve
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