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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
Report Number 248
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Reporter and Travel
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
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once you demonstrate proficiency, they let you extend bottom time.  Often
did 75 to 90 minute dives.  Observe no deco limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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

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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