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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Julian Lamborn, TX, USA
Report Number 2629
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Yap, Hawaii, San Juans, Gulf of California, all over the
Caribbean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Borneo (Sipidan)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive own profile but keep the divemaster in view  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water tank for cameras and a camera table available
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our dive party did eight days of boat diving with up to seventeen dives
each. The two jet dive boats of Kai Viti Divers were clean, fast and
spacious (and have real heads!).  The on-board dive support staff
(typically four per boat, including the captain, for 6 - 10 divers) were
very helpful.  Giant stride in and wide rear ladder or rear steps for exit.
 Journey time to the dive sites varied from 20 minutes to an hour and
between dives hot chocolate and cake were served.  Dive sites were pristine
with beautiful soft and hard coral surrounded by miriads of reef fish.  Not
a lot of pelagics, a white-tip shark or two on most dives, a 5 ft. ray,
bump head parrot fish, many morays and barracudas were observed.  No
turtles seen.  Many nudibranchs, crinoids and other less mobile species
were found including a ghost pipe fish that was almost indistinguishable
from the soft coral around it.  Water temperature was on the cool side of
pleasant, occasional heavy currents were encountered on swim throughs but
the diving was quite suitable for moderately experienced folk and overall
was a great and colorful dive experience for everyone in our group.

Kai Viti Divers provided a high level of service, picking up the dive gear
from the living accommodation (bures) in the Wananavu Resort on the first
day, setting it up on the tanks each day, washing and drying it daily and
finally returning it to the accommodation on the last day: all tank
switches during the dives were done by the boat staff and this made for a
first class dive experience.  One three tank dive expedition was
undertaken, with packed lunch provided by the Resort, and we also did one
late afternoon dive followed by a rather disappointing night dive (in the

The weather in August was, for the most part, good with plenty of sun. 
There was one wet day and a couple of windy days, but all in all it made a
pleasant change from Houston in August!   

The Resort is near Rakiraki (at the very north of the main Fijian island of
Viti Levu) and is two and a half hours away from Nandi airport at the end
of a four kilometer dirt road.  If one stays a week the round trip
(organized by the resort) is free, otherwise the trip costs $100 Fijian
(~$66 US) per vehicle each way. The Resort accommodation itself was of a
high standard and very clean.  For non-divers (or on dive rest days) the
Resort had many trips or activities in which to take part.  One could kayak
round the shore, fish, play tennis, visit the local communities or go river
rafting.  For those in beach-front bures there was an easy five minute walk
up the cliff-side to the reception/dining area.  The food was tasty and
plentiful and ranged from local delicacies through Indian, Chinese and
Western cuisines.  Breakfast was served buffet style whereas both lunch and
dinner were menu driven with different "specials" each day.  When
checking out from Wananavu allow at least an hour to fully review the bill
since book-keeping inaccuracies and lost signed drink vouchers tend to
confuse the final numbers.

The combination of Wananavu and Kai Viti makes for a great and interesting
dive vacation.
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