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

Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Resort, Sep, 2005,

by Matthew D. Schultz, WI, USA . Report 2054.

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

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 diving.

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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