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

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Heidi Watkins, AZ, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3006

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Indonesia, Australia, Bonaire, Cozumel, Caymans, Roatan,
Utila, Hawaii

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
none  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
No setup for cameras.  A separate water bucket for cameras on the boat is
available upon request.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Get a day room across the street to pass the time during the 7 hour layover
in Nadi.  MBR on the island of Kadavu is a 45 minute flight and 10 minute
boat ride.  Wear shorts and sandals so you can wade through the water to
get to the boat in case of low tide.  The small, rustic resort is located
on a nice sandy beach between two Fijian villages.  The food was good with
two choices for each meal.  The Australian hosts were present at every
meal.  Their criticism of Americans was nonstop and difficult to take, so
go with a thick skin and eat fast.  Snorkelling and kayaking off of the
beach is good.  The reef and fish life is quite healthy – anemonefish,
popcorn shrimp, blue ribbon eels, peacock mantis shrimp, nudibranchs,
lionfish and soft coral.  The highlight is definitely the 3-tank Manta Ray
drift dive at famous Astrolabe Reef on the other side of the island.  There
are no guarantees as this dive is dependent upon good weather.  Regardless,
the hard coral reef is so beautiful that it’s hard to decide where to look
next.  MBR also offers a shark feed dive with a friendly green moray eel in
shallow water.  There are no facilities for cameras and you’ll need to
carry your gear back to your room each day.  The electricity is only on
part-time so bring extra batteries just in case.  The diving is worth the
trade offs.  For a more detailed trip report and wonderful photos, check
out our website [Reporters link].
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