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Dive Review of Crystal Divers/Wannanavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Nananu-I-Ra

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mark & Jill Baker, CO, USA
Report Number 625
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Roatan, Bimini, Hawaii, Cozumel.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The diving here was the best we've ever done.  The health of the coral and
the number of fish were amazing.  We saw hard corals and a great assortment
of the soft corals that Fiji is known for.  The reefs we dove were also
teaming with fish.  On the upper parts of the reef, we saw so many little
fish that it felt like we were in an aquarium.  On top of that, we saw
sharks on nearly every dive, nudibranchs, large clams, shrimp, clown fish,
and anemone fish.  The dive staff was also great.  We dove with Jioji and
Bola with Alisi helping out on the boat.  Both divemasters excelled at
pointing things out.  Bola is particularly good at finding nudibranchs and
other small critters.  We didnt really have any restrictions - once we
proved competent in the water, we were left to dive our own profile.  With
the best parts of the reef in the 20 to 60 range, we were able to get
some really long dives in  several around 1 1/2 hours.  The staff didnt
seem to mind as long as we were back on the boat with 500psi.    There were
few other guests while we were there so we really had some freedom.  One
day, we were the only two guests so several of the staff (Linda and Sharon)
came out for the day.  We did some great dives in some ripping current -
Marys Maytag was especially fun.  We ended the day with lunch at Crystal
Divers and a tour of Dan and Lindas home.  We were really treated well.  I
had only one complaint:  one of the guests (nicknamed Reef Hatchet) was
damaging the reef in order to get his photos.  I saw him break off large
pieces (4+) of coral on several occasions.  We brought this up to the
staff and they didnt confront him even though they saw the same behavior. 
We finally yelled at him but it would have been better coming from the
staff.

Our stay at Wannanavu was equally nice.  Our bure was luxurious by our
standards and the food was good too.  The kitchen staff really went out of
their way to make sure we enjoyed our time.  Tito was both patient and
helpful in teaching us a  little Fijian.

All in all, it was the best dive trip weve had and are looking forward to
returning.  

A quick hello to all the staff (Alisi, Jioji, Bola, Sharon, Linda, and of
course Dan) at Crystal divers since I know you read these.
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