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Dive Review of Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Savusavu

November, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John S Wilson, CO, USA
Report Number 1258
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Bahamas, Belize, Puerto Rico,Cocos Island, Galapagos, Florida,
California, Cuba, Virgin Islands, Cozumel, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Undoubtedly one of the finest resorts I've stayed in in my diving travels.
Not having dived in the South Pacific before, the corals and critters were
a wonderful surprise.  Dive boats were in perfect shape, the crews very
helpful in dive planning, and videos were taken of all divers for later
(optional, of course) purchase.

Weather was warm, for the most part, with fans providing cooling in each
bure. Temps were in the mid-80s during the day, and sleeping was
comfortable after about 9:30 PM.  Afternoon showers usually came, after the
day's dives.

I had my own private, tastefully-furnished bure, with daily maid service,
and food service and laundry on call.  The food was fresh daily, with
wonderful vegetables out of the on-premises garden, and much of the meat
flown in from Australia and New Zealand. Breads and desserts were made
fresh each day, and the waitstaff learned my name immediately and
constantly greeted me with a smile.

I did the five-day, two-tank dive package, with a day off in midweek to
visit town and look for souvenirs at the smallish local marketplace and to
buy fresh lobsters, which our cook/chef cooked up for us upon our return. 

The whole resort was absolutely clean, and the dive shop was fully
equipped, in case you might have forgotten something or in case something
broke! They also had fast Web access in the office area, for a nominal fee,
which I surely didn't expect on a small island located a goodly distance
from Fiji's main capital island.

There was entertainment of various types, including making handicrafts (not
as corny as it sounds) singers and dancers, and programs for kids and
nondivers.  And you couldn't beat the massages available, post-dive...

This is, in short, a five-star resort; expensive, but worth each cent, if
you want topnotch service, great diving, and wonderful, unique food and
service at each and every meal, and for each and every dive.

Take lots to read, and maybe a small portable radio, because there is no TV
and no room phone available.  "Fiji Radio" plays old-time faves,
and the news is largely local. Fine, for a week!
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