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Dive Review of Kai Viti Divers & Dive Kadavu/Wananavu Resort & Matana Kadavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu & Kadavu

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Carl & Gail Weckel, IL, USA
Report Number 2939
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, All 3 of the Cayman Islands, BVI, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer divers could pretty much dive own profiles at both places.  Asked
for 3 to 5 minute safety stop and return with at least 300 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Would have changed the order and done Kadavu first and Wananvu last.  
Kadavu was very nice, but rustic, with power for only 6 or 7 hours per day
and filtered rain water (cloudy) for drinking unless you bought bottled
water.  Diving was mostly bommie with little current on most dives.  The 3
tank trip to Astrolabe Reef was awesome although our group didn't see the
mantas.  The other half of our group who went the day before swam with 5
mantas.  The reef is absolutely pristine with all kinds of hard and
flexible corals fighting for space.  Lots of tropicals and giant clams as
well.  I actually did a second 3 tank trip to this reef looking for mantas
(got skunked again) and didn't feel it was a waste because I just enjoyed
diving this incredible reef.    
Most of the diving was done on the Namalata reef, a 15 minute boat ride
from shore with surface intervals on a beach where tea and crackers were
served.  The bommies and mini walls in this area were covered with
incredibly colorful soft corals and loaded with small tropicals.  We saw
lion fish, blue ribbon eels, bright yellow trumpets, ghost pipe fish,
bumphead parrots, sweetlips,batfish, sea snakes, reindeer wrasse,
nudibranchs, etc.  They did a shark feed which drew a dozen or so good
sized reef sharks but actually, we saw sharks on most every dive. 
Comfortable boats and a layed back atmosphere coupled with some excellent
diving made this a great destination.

Wananavu was a step up in terms of the resort.  Although a two hour drive
from the Nadi airport after the flight from LA wasn't exactly welcome, the
resort was very comfortable, nicely done, and a great staff.  We dove with
Kai Viti and did the Bligh Waters most days(dove inside the passage on
bommies on the rough days). A bit more current and a lot more drift diving
than at Kadavu but again, pristine reefs, lots and lots of colorful soft
corals, huge anenomes with clownfish of all different varieties, pipefish,
ghost pipefish, lionfish, hawkfish, schools of barracuda, tuna, and
fusiliers and again, lots of shark sightings.  Nudibranchs of every
description and clouds of fish we couldn't name were everywhere.  We were
constantly going over the books at both resorts to name what we had seen.
Large, fast, comfortable boat,  experienced Fijiian divemasters, pristine
sites, and lots of fish combined to give us some great diving.

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