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Dive Review of Dive Kandavu Ltd/Matana Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kandavu

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Don Beukers, Ca, USA
Report Number 3238
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Truk, Hawaii, Caribbean all over, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 45    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dove with a dive master/leader and could stay within the boundries of
our computer. If you wanted to go on your own, there was no problem.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
My wife and I checked into the Matana Beach resort with 4 others for a week
of diving and relaxation, we got a shock upon checkout time.
I had paid for 5 days of diving, turned out I had paid for 5 two tank
dives. We were briefed that we would go to Astrolab Reef and to Kong
mountain, both all day dives. Upon checking out there was a charge of
$1035.00 Fijian for the additional dives, a waterfall trip @$40.00 each,
plus value added tax. This was quite a suprise because in addition we had a
bar bill for wine, beer and a couple of margaritas (for my wife).That added
an additional $679.72 Fijian to the above amount. The bar bill ($4.00 beer,
$35.00 bottle of wine, etc) was up front, with the prices shown, but there
was no other place to get wine or beer.
I just wish that all the info was up front, to eliminate the suprises.
The bures were fine, the resort holds 20 plus people and there were only
our six there for a week. It would be hectic if 20 were in house. 
The dive Master, Joelii, was great, You waded to the boat hauling your gear
and set it up on the tanks. After the final dive, we hauled our gear to the
bure and rinsed same and placed the items in a lockup for drying for the
next day.
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