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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
Report Number 3006
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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

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
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
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