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

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 1244
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand and Little Cayman Islands, Belize, Great Barrier Reef, Bahamas (Cay
Sal Bank), La Paz Mexico, Catalina California, Maui and Big Island of
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 180    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Camera tables were small and also housed the snack.  Fresh water rinse
available.  Did not see any charging or other facilities like that.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The highlight of the trip was watching 8 bull sharks circling in the
current.  Although about 8 feet or less and totally disinterested in us it
was quite a thrill.  Sites he calls Mellow Yellow and Purple Haze were our
favorites with dramatic walls and loads of hard and soft coral.  Very
colorful.  Hi 8 is like diving the Grand canyon.
Don't expect Blue Ribbon eels here or red toothed trigger fish but do
expect a riot of schools of Baracuda, Scalefin Anthias and other small but
colorful additions.  Rather than looking for anthing specific this is like
a walk through a beautiful garden.  It is the
overall picture that is what must be savored here.  Sheltered dives on bad
weather days yielded cool swim throughs and nudibranchs.  This is not a
place for old out of shape divers.  I thanked God for every hour I put in
on my treadmill.  Even the drift dive involved a stiff swim to get away
from the reef so that we could get picked up.  Currents were sometimes
unpredictable and would change in the middle of the dive or be going in an
unexpected direction.  This is fine if you stay with the guide (which we
did) but I wouldn't want to do too much without him.  The resort needs to
take care of the flys at the restaurant as we got quite a bit of exercise
trying to keep them out of our food.  All dining is open air or in a room
with open double doors everywhere.  Mosquitos are an annoyance.  (About 2-5
bites per person per day)  Get the meal plan... food is expensive and
really not that good but you don't have much choice as the town is very
small and totally impractical unless you have a car.  Ra Divers also on the
premises is reportedly cheaper but has no sun shade on the boat and does
not go to the spectacular outer sights like Hi8.  If the weather permits
Mike is totally up for going all the way out there but it is about 1.25
hours to get there and there is no place to hide if the weather gets rough.
 We made it more often than not to sites in that area.  The dive masters
needed to slow down a little more and enjoy.  Get the 2 bedroom as you get
a washing machine and clothes line, kitchen and fridge.  Meal service is at
tables sized to your party not at big group tables (which is what Beqa
Lagoon resort does - see my report on them for other details)  You may not
get as much diver story swapping but there is more privacy.  Evening
entertainment needs to be better.  The singers are not very good and I
think their kava bill must be huge.  
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