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

Crystal Divers/Wannanavu, May, 2003,

by Mark & Jill Baker, CO, USA . Report 625.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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