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

Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Beach Resort, Aug, 2004,

by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 1244.

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 Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 180 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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