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Dive Review of Kai Viti Divers/Rakiraki Hotel in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Rakiraki / Bligh Water

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Rodriguez, Texas, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 3836
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel MX, Isla Mujeres MX, Grand Cenote Tulum MX, Pensacola, West Palm
Beach, Ginnie Springs, Jackson Blue Spring FL, Bahamas, Flower Gardens
Marine Sanctuary, St. Maarten, Saba, Maui HI, Lanai HI,Grand Cayman, Cabo
San Lucas MX, lots of Texas lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They were not picky at all about diving your own profile, but had to stay
with the group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
A bucket for cameras was provided on the boat, and while there was a camera
table built into the rear deck
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
The drive from the international airport in Nadi to Rakiraki was about 2.5
hours and very scenic.  The Rakiraki Hotel was quite a resort in its
heyday, but that was at least forty years ago when Fiji was a British
colony.  It was clean, rooms were adequate, and staff VERY friendly and
accomodating.  For basic, affordable accomodations ($40 US/night)admist a
beautiful Fiji tropical garden, the Rakiraki hotel is recommended.  The
dive was to have been three tanks and planned to go into the heart of the
Bligh Water, but weather conditions kept it to two tanks in a reef area
just north of the Kai Viti shop at the Wananavu Resort. The boat is a 40',
aluminum hull jet boat and got us to the dive site in about 20-30 minutes. 
We had 12 divers and 4 crew on board, with the crew being very helpful and
informative. Entry was from the large dive deck on the back and exits were
accomplished by the large ladder in the middle of the dive deck. The group
ranged in experience from very to not much, with the latter doing things
like walking on the bottom, including the coral.  The first dive was on a
site called the Pinnacle.  Our max depth was 105', dive time was 45
minutes.  The dive guides allowed us to dive our own profile, to the limits
of our air and computer, but we had to stay with the group.  Surge,
current, and plankton brought in by the warm water limited visibility, but
the fish life was prolific.  If you've never experienced soft corals, Fiji
is the place to go.  Bring a flashlight to get a perspective of the color
and variety of soft corals here.  Huge schools of jacks, surgeon fish,
sweetlips, and snappers swam all around the pinnacle, with smaller schools
of chromis, anthias, and perchlets at the top.  One 4-5' reef shark came in
for a look, but quickly swam off, and a small group of pickhandle barracuda
were with us at the start of the dive.  All the reefs in Fiji had two or
three varieties of anemonone fish every where you looked, all vigoroulsy
guarding their own patch of anemone.  Our next dive was at a site called
Dream Maker.  The current made this an ideal opportunity for a drift dive,
allowing us to see a large part of this reef.  Ducking in and out of the
reef allowed you to take a look at interesting fish and other marine life,
such as the amazing variety of nudibranchs.  Dream Maker had several swim
throughs filled with soft corals and sea fans, but again you need a light
to really enjoy the colors.  After two dives here we're headed off to the
upscale resort area of Denarau Island and dives in the Mamanuca group of
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