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

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Hart, TX, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6351
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Costa Rica, Moorea, Kauai, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cozumel, Caymans, Belize,
Utila, throughout the Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
72   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Begin return at 1,000 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Small bucket on the boat for cameras.  Other divers rinsed masks in same
bucket..
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
2 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Working with Jacqualine with Beqa Lagoon Resort on the reservations was
great.  She was very pleasent and responsive and got us a good deal
The trip from LAX is long (10.5 hours).  On arrival, were loaded onto a
larger bus with no a/c and the windows did not open.  After a 2 hour bus
ride with no a/c and 90+ degrees in the bus, took a 45 minute boat ride to
Beqa Lagoon Resort.  At the island, transferred from the main boat to a
small aluminum boat that got you close to the shore. Everyone had to wade
ashore.  They really need to build a small dock.  
The food was fair with the same breakfast every day.  Lunch was ok and
dinner was only time there was dessert.
The diving was nice in that there are plenty of small tropical fish and the
soft corals are colorful. However, they seem to go to the same handful of
sites over and over and over again.  They need to rotate sites as the ones
they go to are showing the wear and tear.
The shark dive is now being called the big fish dive as it is mostly just
big fish with a couple of large nurse sharks and a few smaller black tip. 
No tiger or bull sharks.  We were told the bull sharks were in the deeper
water mating.
The accomodations are very nice and are air conditioned.  The grounds are
extremely well maintained.
Since this is an island, the power is via 3 generators.  And yes, you
guessed it, 2 of the 3 generators went out the last 3 days.  And there were
no spare parts.  Without power there was no a/c and that was not pleasent.
Mark, the manager, seemed to get pretty flusterred and would simply walk
away from a guest when challenged.  We cut the trip short a day early to go
back to the Fiji mainland and get a hotel the last day before the long trip
home.  Mark did offer to pay for the hotel.
Overall, an ok trip, but probably not worth the long trip.
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