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

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John Shumate, IL, USA
Report Number 581
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Bahamas, Florida, General Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A divemaster led every dive, and divers were encouraged to go with him.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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

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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