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Dive Review of Jewel Bubble/Home in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

Jewel Bubble/Home, Aug, 2007,

by Larry Polster, IN, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3522.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Maldives, Panama, Belize, Caymans, Bonaire, Curacao, St Croix, St Thomas, Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Preferred no deeper than 100' but you could advise the DM and go as deep as you wanted. No solo diving, but with a buddie you could extend your dives beyond 60 min below the boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The soft coral capital of the world !! Spectacular colors, lots of small critters, bring your macro lens, many reef fish, not many large fish, but White / Black tip reef sharks are common.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Jewel Bubble is a small operation with local ownership, but the 6 pac boat made for great trips to Somsomo striats and the Great White Wall. I made this trip three times in 2 weeks and it was magnicient every time. The operator makes sure the currents are in the correct direction for the wall of blue/white soft corals to be in full bloom.

Their rental gear was new and in good shaoe for those who don't want to drag their own gear. Many brought their mask, fins, and regs, and rented the rest.

The locals are "very" friendly, and extend the warm greeting of "BULA" as you walk along the roads, or dive operation.

The down side of this small boat is room for only one medium size rinse bucket, so if more than one photographer, you hold your camera during the trip. But the photo opportunities are so fantastic you don't mind the inconvenience.
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