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

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Barbara Petrecca, MD, USA
Report Number 2035
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Maui, Bimini, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Soccorro Islands,
St Thomas, Monterey Bay, Pensacola, Key Largo, Hatteras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Forget developing 35 MM as the facilities are not available.  The boat did
have a small space for cameras but most of my set up and break down was
done in my room.  I took over 600 digital photos in 10 dives.  This is a
great place for macro photography... anemone fish galore... and what
colors.   The water is clearer than the atlantic (although there can be
some backscatter issues from time to time)  Reef tops can be found at 15 -
20 feet making natural light available.  I fell in love...    
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The resort is simply wonderful (definitely worth the two hour bus ride
after a 16 hour plane ride from the east coast.) Small with lots of
personal attention.  The food was excellent (we were on a meal plan -
buffet breakfast, lunch menu, 3 choices a night for dinner entre)- you have
got to try their banana ice cream dessert.  The chef and wait staff fall
over themselves to meet your every need.  There was some local
entertainment.  The buras are roomy (we had a garden views - due to
construction), modern and well kept with daily maid service...  the grounds
are nicely manicured (even with the construction).  Please note that the
resort is built into the base of a mountain (or foothill to some) - so be
prepared for steps and hilly walkways.   I can not say enough good things
about the resort, the staff and my experience... Internet access (dial up)
is available if you have to be in touch with the outside world but I wanted
to be away from all that - I wanted relaxation.  As for the diving, the
dive sites are pristine (many do not travel to that side of the island)-
nice reefs with lots of swim-thrus.  The dive masters are fantastic,
knowledgeable and were constantly pointing out the small critters on our
guided tours...  Our experienced group were allowed to dive within our
limits and abilities.  Plenty to see from 100 - 20 feet.  The normal day -
up for breakfast, 2 dives, back for lunch, hang by the pool (no ocean
swimming there) - then dinner, bed repeat... just what the doctor ordered. 
  The only down side - the dive operator owner was not interested in
working with us to accommodate our group with additional dives - traveling
that far, 12 - 14 dives are simply not enough.  but... NO was
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