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Dive Review of Dive Kadavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Evers, CA, USA
Report Number 315
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palua, Truk, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Dive Kadavu (formerly Matana Beach Resort) is run by a very pleasant and
enjoyable Australian couple, Bob and Rena Forster.  This was our second
visit in two years to this resort.  There are 10 bures most of which are
beachfront.  The bures at the end (number 9 and 10) are the best if you
want to get away from the main area where there is more foot traffic.   
The rooms are in good shape and are cleaned daily.  Food is served in a
main dining area.  Breakfast is buffet and you specify lunch and dinner
choices during breakfast from a limited menu which is posted each morning. 
Food runs from OK to quite good. The dive operation consists of two pontoon
boats which each handle no more than about 8 divers, including guide, and
are used for local diving.  There is also a fast boat, which was recently
upgraded by adding about 2 meters to the equipment/sitting area and an
additional engine, to get to the dive sites at the west end of the island
more quickly (this boat is also used to go to Astrolabe Reef when there is
enough demand and conditions permit). There are two dive guides: Joeli, an
indigenous Fijian divemaster, and Issac, a Kiwi dive instructor.  For me it
was Joeli, Issac, Bob, and Rena that made us want to return to this resort
for a second time.  These are some of the friendliest people I have met in
my travels.  I love to joke and goof with people and these folks love that!
The local diving has degraded in recent years due to El Nino effects which
have had a significant effect on the hard corals.  Joeli, with his very
thorough knowledge of the local dive sites, has made the local diving very
enjoyable in spite of the coral damage.  Joeli will give detailed briefings
before each dive telling you where and when to expect many of the fish and
critters on the dive.  He carries an etch-a-sketch type writing tablet with
him and will write down the name of any interesting fish or critter that he
encounters.  Diving on either end of the island will generally reveal
healthier coral and a higher probability of big animals.
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