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Dive Review of Dive Tropex/Worldmark Fiji - Denarau Island in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Mamanuca Group

Dive Tropex/Worldmark Fiji - Denarau Island, Jan, 2008,

by Richard Rodriguez, Texas, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3843.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel MX, Isla Mujeres MX, Grand Cenote Tulum MX, Pensacola, West Palm
Beach, Ginnie Springs, Jackson Blue Spring FL, Bahamas, Flower Gardens
Marine Sanctuary, St. Maarten, Saba, Maui HI, Lanai HI, Grand Cayman, Cabo
San Lucas MX, lots of Texas lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You were allowed to dive to the limits of your air and NDC time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments A five gallon bucket was the only thing made available for cameras on the boat. The inside cabin did have a large table that made camera prep easy. Lines with brass boat clips were hung from the bottom of each ladder to make getting cameras on and off the boat without damage.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Baggage handlers at LAX lost my luggage and it was not received for three days, so I was required to use rental gear. Dive Tropex had Apollo equipment and I would recommend renting from them instead of hauling your own gear, perhaps with the exception of your regulator. Our resort was on Denarau Island, an exclusive resort area twenty minutes from the airport and home to about seven different resort hotels and a large shopping/restaurant complex at the marina. Dive Tropex had facilities at the Worldmark, Sheraton and Hilton, but the main shop was at the Sheraton. We had planned to do four days of diving, but Cyclone Gene interrupted this plan. The staff worked with us on rescheduling some of the dives, but we still only managed two days of diving during our stay. Hardcore divers should consider staying on one of the out islands dive resorts, as diving from Denarau appears mainly an afterthought for most divers. There are many other sport, recreation, relaxation options to choose from on Denarau Island and many of the better dive spots are too far away to access easily. With that said there is no bad diving in Fiji, just some better than others. The storms and excessive discharge from two nearby island rivers limited the visibility to 30-40 feet on one day, with the best viz being only about 60'. Dive Tropex has several boats, but they took us out on their largest vessel, the 50' plus Surface Interval. This boat has a large, enclosed cabin area with cushion seats, an upper deck, and a large dive deck, easily accomodating 24 divers. There are two heads and lunch, snacks and water were provided on the trip. On our first day of diving, two dive guides were provided for the eight divers. Only one dive guide was provided on our second dive day, but we had only four divers. The guides did a great job finding and pointing out small critters and keeping everyone together in the limited visibility. After our first dive the guides recognized my wife and my experience and allowed us more freedom to explore and did not require us to stick with the group. Our dives were typically in the 60-80' range and were 45-60 minutes long. On both days we dove in a reef area just to the south of the most southerly island in the Mamanuca Group, Malolo Lailai. It was a 35 minute boat ride to the dive sites, Plantation Pinnacle and Cabbage Patch. The pinnacle site consisted of two large coral pinnacles about 100' apart. After we got into the water and descended on the first pinnacle the boat moved to the second pinnacle to await our ascent. Sea cucumbers as big as your arm, large schools of jacks, surgeon fish and a seahorse were some of the things we saw on the dives. The second pinnacle had a swim through at the base that was filled with soft corals and sea fans. Even had it been sunny with better viz I highly recommend taking a light to enjoy all of the colors this environment has to offer. The tops of these pinnacles are a garden of anemone, anemone fish, hugh schools of damselfish and wrasse, and on every dive we were treated to a large lionfish. Cabbage Patch is named because of the large growths of cabbage coral. Some of the coral in this area was dead and covered in silt, coming from the rivers on the southwest side of the largest island in Fiji, Viti Levu. We saw other areas of prolific pillar coral with all kinds of creatures swimming over, through and arond the large stalks of coral. We were told that the farther north you go along the Mamanuca Groups, or even into the farther north Yasawa group of islands, where the diving is much better. If you interested in other activities while in Fiji then Dive Tropex is probably for you, but if you are planning an all dive vacation I would recommended staying on one of the outer islands or a liveaboard. The staff at Dive Tropex is very professional, friendly and just otherwise top notch and will work hard to accomodate any request.
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