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

Dive Kadavu,Matana Resort, Jul, 2004,

by Jacob Rosenstein, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 1486.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Elat, Red Sea, Wananavu Resort, Fiji Big Island, Hawaii Bay Islands, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than 110 feet, 60 minutes were used as guidelines, not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse buckets only. Area on top was used for U/W equipment not needing constant water rinse. Steel fast boat had storage area in front of boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Manta Experience is a must do 3 tank dive trip to the Astrolabe Reef. Saw about 4 different Manta Rays. The reef is in pristine condition- all kinds of coral, such as Mantipora,Table Coral,Flexible Soft Coral. Lots of tropicals also. The rest of the diving was done on the Namalata Reef, a 15 minute boat ride. Lots of tropical fish as well as macro life, such as Blue Ribbon Eel, Nudibranch, Flatworms, and a resident Longnose Hawkfish. The soft coral Dendronephthya came in different colors of the rainbow, but in clumps on certain reef. Lots of Anemonefish- Clark's, Tomatoe, Orange-Finned, and lots of crinoids. The resort does a shark feed occasionally that attracts 8-10 Grey Reef Shark. The meals were excellent, different ethnic dishes. The weekly Lovo was kept to Fijian tradition. Food was served on palm leaf and we all sat cross legged on the outdoor dining room floor sampling fish,chicken,taro,and a vegetarian Palusari slow cooked by heated stones. The village children entertained us with song and dance on our last day village tour. Only negative was an intestinal virus that went around from Dive Master and guests alike. Plan on staying longer than a week since the weather/wind conditions can determine the dive sites to Astrolabe and/or Nambukalevu. The beach is lovely and very swimmable.
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