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Dive Review of Island Dancer (Aggressor) in
Fiji and Tuvalu

October, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Robert A Scranton, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 7195
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Liveaboards: Belize(2), Roatan, Venezuela, Truk, Palau (2) ,Galapagos, Fiji
(Naia). Land based weeks: Cozumel, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, St Thomas,Curacao,
Bonaire (2).  Local diving Monterey Bay, CA 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
74   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi, dive starts w/ guides, buddy diving means solo for some of dive  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
N/A
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Food
3 stars
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Snorkeling
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Comments  
This is my second liveaboard in Fiji, and my diving expectations were not
met.  For the "soft coral capital" of the world, there were only
a few dives with profuse soft coral (those were40 foot wide sections
dropping 60 or more feet on two dives.)
The hard coral was often clean, pri ...
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By jeffetc at Dec 03, 2013 13:54 EST  
Robert,

I'm considering a trip on the Fiji Island Dancer and would greatly
appreciate your input to a few questions I have. I have not been to the
South Pacific, and of course would really like to see what it's all about,
and just how much better the diving is versus the Caribbean (assuming this
is true). The only liveaboard I've been on is the Belize Aggressor, and my
wife truly needed it's large deck to sit in the sun and warm up, so this
would be somewhat of a negative.  In terms of time and money output, do you
think this the diving would be substantially better than the Caribbean? I'm
not real interested in sharks - how much emphasis is there on sharks?  What
about currents?  I don't mind drift dives, but hate fighting a current. 
Did you arrive in Suva and go directly to the boat, or stay elsewhere to
acclimate?  Anyway, any input you have would be great.  Thanks, Jeff in
Denver.
By scranton at Dec 03, 2013 15:29 EST  
OK, this is very subjective. Fiji is between Caribbean and other S Pacific
destinations in quality of diving and difficulty travel / cost. Palau,
Truk, Galapagos are more difficult to get to, probably more costly, and
more specialized, and very, very special. Fiji is easy, direct flight LA to
Fiji.  It has often better coral, and some neat cultural experience
compared to Caribbean. But your question was on the tradeoff of time and
money with experience.  Not sure.  If you are thinking of someday
Palau/Truk/or Galapagos, perhaps do another Caribbean trip and save money
and time for those exotic destinations.
The Naia is a better experience, but pricier. There is a reason they are
booked full. On travel, I did same day to Suva and boat.  One way was bus
(Coral Sea?) and other way the short hop airline from Suva to boat. 
Airline was better.  I usually go a day or two earlier for more complex
travel, but this time I scheduled a long layover in LA, recheck my luggage
there, and took a hotel shuttle for dinner during the layover. I used Suva
Raffles last day for day room.
By scranton at Dec 03, 2013 16:04 EST  
I forgot to add, Jeff, that many folks arrived on same day flight.  I
strongly suspect that the Captain would delay diving to accommodate if
flight was late.
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