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Dive Review of Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Rakiraki, Viti Levu

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Bates, Ontario, Canada
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Report Number 3566
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guinea, Australia, British Columbia, Great Lakes, Bahamas,
Curacao, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Florida, North Carolina.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh, separate bucket always provided.  Crew happy to assist with camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We did extensive research on diving and resorts prior to selecting
Wananavu/Kai Viti and were not disappointed.  We were met at Nadi airport
as arranged, and enjoyed the two hour drive to the opposite end of the
island, although we were not expecting it.  The driver was full of
information about sites and local history along the way.  On arrival, all
bags taken down to our beachfront bure for us, and dive gear left out for
morning pick up by dive shop staff.  Gear was rinsed and placed out for us
on the boat each morning after that, and rinsed out and hung to dry after
our last dive of the week.  Staff on board the boat included a husband and
wife team who were superb!  Briefings, safety, and diver comfort always
paramount.  There was always a dive master in the water if you wanted to
follow him around, very good at pointing out small critters and special
features.  Fresh home baked snacks and drinks available after every dive,
which were most welcomed.  We often had to cross the channel to pick up
divers at another resort, which wasnt a big deal.  No more than 8 to 10
divers every day on a boat that was set up for about 16, so there was lots
of room.  Limited space with protection from the sun however.  Their second
boat appeared to be roomier, but it was always more crowded, so we were
happy to be on the smaller boat.

Dives were wonderful, although they got a little repetitious as the week
went on, but the crew was happy to take us further out into the Bligh
Waters (Kora Sea) where the diving was nothing short of spectacular.  Some
trips were 3 tank dives with boxed lunches provided by the resort if
ordered the night prior.  No big fish during this time of year, but macro
and reef life more than made up for it.

We spoke to a number of other divers at Wananavu who were booked in with
the other dive shop nearby who had many complaints, and it was clear that
we were with the better operation of the two.

The report itself was everything that we expected.  Meals were fully
stocked buffet breakfasts, including omelettes to order.  Lunch and dinner
were from a limited selection from a menu.  Food was always reliable, but
nothing too spectacular.  The staff remembers your name from the moment you
arrive and were 100% attentive and helpful throughout our stay.  Many
afternoon activities offered, including visit to a local village, all were
fun and worth the effort.  Our package deal including dives and meals was
very economical, and I would recommend.  The bures have large showers,
double sinks and great AC.

We did not sense or see any effects of the ongoing political problems in
Fiji.  If we went back, we would choose Wananavu & Kai Viti again, but
also stay in Fiji longer, and do at least 4 more days somewhere completely
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