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Dive Review of Dancer fleet/Island dancer II in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh waters

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Susan Welch, FL, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6798
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the pacific, Palau, yap, Banda sea, PNG, and Maldives 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
4
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
There was a suggested profile but divers were able to dive their computer  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
I didnt shoot on this trip but the photographers on board had adequate
charging areas, separate rinse tank for camera, help with camera gear and
incredible macro subject matter
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was a great diving trip on a small live aboard.  We had 8 divers and a
crew of 5 very talented  people who continually multitasked to get
everything done on our trip.  They work extremely well together.  The
captain of the boat, Joji Tavura, formally captain of the Nai, knows the
Bligh Waters like the back of his hand.  With captain Joji, you are
guaranteed good dive spots at the right time in regards to current and
conditions.  He loves diving and it shows as he rarely misses a dive
although he might be running the boat late into the night.  All members of
the crew were competent and always cheerful.  Moses is a great critter
spotter and dive guide.  The food was wonderful and varied. Clinton did
beautiful video work and kept everything in working order on the boat and
with everyone's gear.  Dive briefings were thorough and accurate.
The only problems were with the Miami office.  You can take a bus or cab to
Suva from Nadi to board the boat, avoiding the cost of flying and excess
baggage fees on the small inter island airplanes.  We were not advised of
that.  We also arrived on the second flight of the day and was told by the
Miami office that transportation from the Suva airport would not be
provided.  Well, indeed it was, the crew sent a van for us, but we had
already  hired and left in a  cab at the cost of 40.00 us dollars.  It
wasted the crews time and cost us money.
In spite of the transportation issues, I highly recommend this boat crew
for your next live aboard in Fiji 
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