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

Crystal Divers/Wanavu, Dec, 2001,

by Tony Moats, CO, USA . Report 248.

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

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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