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Dive Review of Crystal Divers/Wanavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu

December, 2001, an Instant Reader Report by Tony Moats, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 248

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia (Wakatobi, Togian, Bunaken, Bali, Irian Jaya, Alor), Palau, Baja,
Yucatan (Cozumel, Chinchorro), Belize, Turks and Caicos, Caymans

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
35   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once you demonstrate proficiency, they let you extend bottom time.  Often
did 75 to 90 minute dives.  Observe no deco limits  
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Crystal Divers provides the consumate dive service.  Dan and his staff are
knowledgeable, friendly, and thoroughly professional.  On one occasion, Dan
even "towed" my mother around snorkeling on one of the sites
while we went diving with the other dive masters!  Dive boat is basic but
fast.  Gets you to liveaboard sites, which are 10+ miles offshore.  We had
rough rides but was worth it.  Corals (hard and soft) fantastic.  As good
as Indonesia (soft corals better).  Little evidence of bleaching.  Fish
life is varied and plentiful but not as diverse as Indonesia (which is what
you'd expect).  On the right sites with the right current, you'll see
plenty of schooling and predatory fish (jacks, barracuda, sharks, tuna,
mackeral, etc.).  Critter life is okay but who knows,  maybe we had bad
luck.  Most of the diving is on submerged sea mounts that rise to within
five to ten feet of surface making for great extended safety stops. 
Definitely five star diving!!

Wananavu nice, clean, and beautifully landscaped but doesn't have much to
much to offer in the way of activities on site (snorkeling very poor, not a
very nice beach, nowhere to really explore).  They do offer day trips to
the offshore islands where the snorkeling is a little better.  Can also
arrange other day tours.  Staff friendly, helpful and food is very good. 
Great for families...Fijians love kids...babysitters great!   Next time
though, I'd rent a house on the offshore island where Crystal Divers is
located.

Bottom line: Crystal Divers knows how to deliver high quality diving.  I
think it compares favorably with some of my favorite Pacific Diving I've
done thus far.
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