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Dive Review of Kai Viti Divers/Wananvu in
Fiji and Tuvalu

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chrisanda Button, AR, USA
Report Number 1903
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bay Islands, Belize, Cozumel, Tortola, Turks & Caicos, Sea of
Cortez, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving; return to boat with 500 psi.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
     After a week of intensive diving aboard the Fiji Aggressor, we
repaired to Wanavu to relax by doing just two dives a day with Kai Viti. 
We have done most of our diving from liveaboards, and Kai Viti was a
revelation to us.  We didn't know that landbased operations offered such
comfortable boats, excellent diving, and very high level of service.  It
was valet diving indeed.  Put your gear in your net bag on the verandah of
your bure, and, le voila, it magically appears set up on the dive boat
adjacent to that of your buddy.  The boat was large comfortable and fast
(twin jet engines).  Side curtains were lowered to keep us warm on long
rides and during surface intervals.  Between dives we were offered
homebaked brownies and hot chocolate as well as ample water.  The hot
chocolate was very welcome given the, uh, brisk, water temps.  We were
given nice big towels as well, and the boat carried several marine ID
books.  There was a marine head.  While the dive area was covered, hearty
divers could sun at the front of the boat.  Entry was by giant stride from
the swim platform, and we returned to the boat up a comfortable Christmas
tree ladder.  When we were on sites with significant current, a downline
was rigged to the mooring line so divers could pull themselves down to the
bommies.  For groups of 10-11 divers, the boat carried owner/captain Mik,
two DM's, and a deck assistant. Dives were loosely guided by the DM's.  We
chose to hang with Sethe & Enoch because they were showing up good
little stuff, but other divers chose not to. The dive ended when we wanted
it to end.  When the boat returned to harbor, the staff took our gear to
the shop and rinsed it.  They even washed it at the end of the trip.  The
seas were glassy on our first day of diving, and Mike made the hour-long
trip to Vatu I Ra passage.  Wow!  he said he would show us "the best
we've got."  Mellow Yellow and Black Magic Mountain were beautiful:
rich lemon yellow soft coral, black coral. nudis, a tuna or two, chevron
baracudas, several varieties of shrimps and crabs, and a humpback whale at
the surface.  But our favorite site was closer to the resort in the Blicgh
Waters: DreamMaker.  We swam through narrow passages between pinnacles
covered with soft corals and large sea fans with some healthy hard corals
as the sunlight filtered down through very clear waters.  We saw several
types of nudis, cowries, shrimp, and sea cucumbers as well as a a single
whitetipped shark and the ubiquitous lionfish and amemonefishes.  At the
Pinnacles we were treated to more chevron barracudas, bloodred anemones,
etc.  Back at Wananvu we relaxed in beautiful, quiet bures.   The term
Spartan elegance comes to mind.  We loved the large tropical showers,
although the resort was having problems with its water system and the
showers were saline.  Each bure had a small fridge, a hot kettle, and a
verandah with an ocean view.  The pool and beach were lovely.  Ah! those
hammocks.  We thought the food was quite good and certainly generous in
quantity, although desserts, oddly enough, were unpredictable.  Everyone
dined on a large deck overlooking the Bligh Waters.  The grounds are
beautifully landscaped, and the staff was friendly and caring.  Grat
experience all around.  And our dive gear reappeared magically at our bures
at trip's end, not even smelling like we'd been wearing it for two weeks.
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