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

Dive Kadavu/Matana Beach Resort, May, 2006,

by Heidi Watkins, AZ, USA . Report 3006.

Reporter and Travel

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

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
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
UW Photo 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
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 its 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 youll 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 www.scubarews.com.
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