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

Kai Viti Divers/Wananvu, Aug, 2005,

by Chrisanda Button, AR, USA . Report 1903.

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

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving; return to boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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