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

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Davidson, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4029
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Roatan, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize, Mayaha, St. Lucia, Tahiti, Saba,
Utila, Cocos Island, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were guided but unrestricted.  The best part of the dive was in the
shallows anyway.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There was just a rinse bucket on the boat but using digital these days is
different from the film days.  All you really need is a bucket to keep the
camera wet until you get back to the resort. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Awesome experience.  I have never seen as much live coral and tropical fish
as I did in Fiji.  We were fortunate that the weather cooperated for us to
get to what is termed the Bligh Waters.  There we would dive  the edges of
what appeared to be a hundred acres or so of pristine coral reef,
Charybolis Reef, coming to within a few feet of the surface of the ocean
absolutely swarming with tropical fish and lush corals of every type and
description.  I have seen a lot of diving in my thirty years of it and I
have never seen anything to compare.  It was indescribable.  I am sure this
was the norm for regular Pacific divers but except for pass diving on the
Tahiti Agressor and our week with the Whale Sharks in Cocos, this was my
only Pacific experience.  We did one day of diving nearer shore and it was
very nice too.  The vis was not as good as the Bligh Waters.

Wananavu Resort is a beautiful, well maintained tropical resort strung out
along a hillside overlooking the Pacific.  Rooms were duplexes made of
local woods.  There were three types, Oceanview, Gardenview and Beachfront.
 I would choose the Oceanview over the Beachfront.

The staff of the hotel and of the dive operation were very friendly,
learned out names and catered to our every need.  One of our divers got
disoriented and the dive guide gently brought him up and back to the boat
with no drama.  My perception is that the resort is owned by non-Fijians. 
I know the diver operation is owned by an American.  One curious aspect of
the Fijian culture is the advise not to tip the Fijians.  It seems
patronizing to take the position that foreign business owners should be the
caretakers of the local economy.  ALL of the staff of the resort and the
dive operations went well out of their way to make our experience special
and our small group left a sizable donation to what is termed their
"Christmas Fund".  I regret not just distributing it to the staff

Wananavu Resort and Kai Viti Divers would be a good choice for a great dive

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