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Dive Review of Fiji Scuba/Matagi Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Matagi Island

March, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by James McMeins, WA, USA
Report Number 63
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
3 minute safety stops at end of each dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
No camera table on boat and had to request camera bucket put on boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
3rd stay at Matagi and it is excellant. For the price and its remoteness
this is a 1st class oepration and we will continue to go back there. The
food was always excellant and the staff is very attentive to your needs.
They offered to upgrade us to one of the delux bures but we declined.
Although #1 used to be the oldest it was recently refinished and we enjoyed
the extra room this bure provides. The dive operation is still run by Carol
& Nigle Douglas and the jet boat is an excellant dive platform. Fish
life is still abudant in this area as well as big fish. We got in the water
with a large school of pilot whales and dolpins on one dive, it was great!
Went and explored several new sites this trip as well as the usual ones.
Warming waters and algea are also having a negative effect here as most of
reef tops are brown or covered with algea. Did the day trip to Somasoma
Straight, hit the Great White wall at full tide, what a ride! Shore diving
is improving each year, more and more of the reef off the resort is coming
back to life and lots of fish here. Night dives are excellant. Dive
operation had new instructor/diveguide who was really unfamiliar with a lot
of the divesites, we had to tell him what some of the dives were we wanted
to do and get the native crew to show him where they were. 1st 3 days we
were there, the wind was up and was really rough, several divers got
seasick, the rest of the time we were there it was mostly calm. The trip to
the local village is a real eye opener and if you plan on going to Matagi,
take some boxes of pencils/crayons & tablets with you. It is really
appreciated by the children in the school as well as sporting equipment,
i.e. soccer balls, basketballs etc.
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