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Dive Review of Dive Kadavu/Matana Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

Dive Kadavu/Matana Beach Resort, May, 2003,

by John Shumate, IL, USA . Report 581.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Bahamas, Florida, General Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions A divemaster led every dive, and divers were encouraged to go with him.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The rinse tanks on the boat always had fresh water in them and the boat driver and DMs were quick to move cameras to and from divers. There is no camera table on the boat which is makes it a little difficult to change batteries for digital photographers or film for analog photographers.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The DMs are incredibly friendly and very good at finding whatever the divers wanted to see; in our case, nudibranchs and blue ribbon eels. Tanks are filled on the boats, entry is just a giant stride from the bench seats, and the ladders have extended hand holds for very easy exits. Listen carefully to the dive briefings; they are excellent and can keep you out of trouble.

Like the Fijian staff the owners, Bob and Rena (who combines cuteness and crochetiness in a delightful melange), and the general manager, Dave, are very friendly and eager to please. The meals went from mediocre to excellent. I particularly liked the spicy curries, and the lovo, a traditional Fijian meal, was very entertaining. The beef could be on the tough side, but the chicken was excellent as was the fish, which was brought to the kitchen alive and often served as a sushi appetizer followed by the same fish as an entree. Liquor was extra but was reasonably priced particularly considering that everything comes to the resort by ship. The wines were Australian and quite good, and my choice of beer was Fijian Bitter. If one makes a request before arriving they'll try to have whatever liquor the diver wants on hand.

Bring an adapter if your recharging equipment isn't set up for Australian outlets and voltage, and make sure that you know the hours the generator is on. Cava (pronounced Thava), the chief's son, is a delightful man who arranges mekes to the village and the evening's entertainment. The resort takes care of the traditional gift and Cava will lead the party into the village. Bring an out-of water flashlight just in case Joe (the security man) isn't available to light your way back to your bure at night with his.

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