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Dive Review of Crystal Divers/Wananavu Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Raki Raki

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jim, NC, USA
Report Number 308
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Hawaii, Curacao, Cayman, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Typical limits with reasonable freedom  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
On our trip there were lots of cameras and videos and Crystal Divers
handled all our requirememnts with no problems.  Do keep in mind that the
fresh water rinse is from the Resort and we noticed some salt water taste
(very evident) in the water.  Apparently there is some salinity in the well
water.  I used the drinking water (rain water) to final rinse our cameras
daily but one must be frugal since this supply is limited. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
For anyone visiting Fiji as a dive destination you can't go wrong by
visiting Wananavu Resort and using Crystal Divers.  We would recommend a
Villa instead of a Bure'.  The additional cost is worth it and for those
who like it a little more quiet and spacious you'll certainly appreciate
it.  The food is good but can get tedious, especially the lunch menu. 
Fried food is abundant but the chef will accomodate special requests so
don't be shy.  A healthier menu would be nice.  Wananavu has a well stocked
bar.  The diving is excellent and Crystal Divers worked hard to ensure we
had a good experience.  The seas were rough but we managed to dive every
day thanks to a larger boat compared to their competitors who also appeared
well equiped albiet in a smaller craft.  Entries and exits were easy even
in rough water.  We used our safety sausages on one occaision when we were
seperated by strong current and swept some distance away.  The surface
intervals were typical but way to much sugar and not enough fresh drinking
water offered.  I would have gladly paid for bottled water on the boat. 
The resort is pretty much on its own so going elsewhere for food is very
limited.  Thus, the Villa makes more sense due to the cooking and food
storage capabilities.  If you're a gourmet coffee lover bring your own!!! 
The resort has 24/7 electricity and A/C in the bedrooms.  Hot water was
sporadic, mostly non-existant.  Make a trip into town by taxi and get
provisions.  When we went to town there was one shop that provided Internet
access.  There isn't much to see in town and it is a typical Fijian town
with pretty much the same provisions as most other towns we visited.  We
had been in Fiji for almost three months by the time we arrived at the
Wananavu Resort and it was excellent compared to other places we had
stayed.  For departing visitors, we would not recommend the Toka Toka (in
Nadi)for a day room prior to departure.  Instead check out the Tonoa (in
Nadi).  Crystal Divers makes the arrangements so inform them since they
default to the Toka Toka for some reason, $$$.  Chef's in Nadi makes for a
nice departing meal or the Millenium for BBQ.  Safe diving everyone.
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