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Dive Review of Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/RakiRaki

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Matthew D. Schultz, WI, USA
Report Number 2054
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas (Exumas and Bimini chains), Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Lake Superior
(wrecks), Lake Michigan (wrecks), Pacific Northwest, Puerto Rico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational dive limits were the main rules enforced. One divemaster lead
the way (sometimes needed in some of the mazes of coral heads), but we
could dive our own profiles.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
To date I don't know of any other dive location where I can blindly point
my camera and click away and still get a great shot. Some of these coral
heads were simply a photographers dream. Although the boat had ample fresh
water rinse tanks for the cameras, the camera table itself was a bit small,
but considering there were as many as 5 cameras on board, I can understand
this a little better. Wananavu Resort really lacks any camera facillities,
so if shooting digital, pack your computer since you'll easily fill a
gigabyte card after two dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
One of the benefits that the Kai Viti dive operators provide is the use of
Mike Trussells boat. This is a 38-foot Hamilton inboard jetboat that can
easily hold 16 divers. Most days we only had eight divers, giving plenty of
room for all aboard. The other great thing is that its big enough and fast
enough to motor out to the reefs that are a good 16 miles from the resort.
These are some of the same reefs that the Fiji Agressor will take you to
should you use their services

That being said, the underwater realm here is simply amazing! My wife and I
have been diving over seven years, and this is the first time we felt
simply astounded by the quantity and quality of  sea life. I wish I could
give Mike and his divemasters Seci and Bola credit for the beauty found
here, especially for the humpback whale we saw on only our third day of

As far as the crew is concerned, weve truly been pampered after this trip.
The crew will pick up your equipment from your bure, have it ready on the
boat the morning of your dives, and then take it to their shop for rinsing
and drying. 

Our only criticism is that we wish the operators would warn people not to
damage the pristine coral found in these waters while diving. There were
numerous dives where my wife and I observed other divers simply plowing
through soft corals, breaking off pieces of hard coral, and breaking other
reef features like sponges and anemone. While I can understand satisfying
your customers, I firmly believe that as dive operator, you should also be
in a position to protect the reef life you want to show. Even so, this was
truly a memorable and enjoyable dive trip.
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