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Dive Review of Kai Viti/ Wananavu and Bamboo Beach in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu -Rakiraki

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Gary and Lynne Shukster, Ont, Canada
Report Number 1693
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Canada -Bahamas- St. Lucia -Jamaica -Dominican Republic -Cozamel -Belize
-Tahiti (Moorea) - Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none within reason  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated rinse tank 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The  water was very warm- 82-86 F on surface. Visibility was 20-60 Ft;
Currents slight to moderate, and seas slight to choppy depending on the
day. Mostly hot and sunny with a couple of rainy days in the 2 weeks we
were there.

Diving was excellent with an abundance of healthy, soft coral. We were
predominately diving on bommies with a tremendous number of fish on top-
like swimming in an aquarium. Clown triggerfish, lionfish,
scorpionfish,napoleon fish, plus all the usual.This reminds me of diving
25-30 years ago before the reefs were so beaten up.

Kai Viti Divers was an excellent operation. Mike and Julie, the owners,
were very helpful. The dive crew were extremely attentive to our needs.
Basically we just gave them our equipment and they would take care of
it,wash it and have it ready for the next day's diving.

We had a nasty surprise in terms of accomodation. Wawanuvu was undergoing
heavy construction. The resort had nice bures and grounds but nowhere to
escape from the noise of the jackhammers. However, the manager, Sarah, was
helpful in arranging alternate accomodation. I'm sure Wawanuvu would be
fine after the construction is completed. Be sure to check before booking.

We stayed for 5 days at Bamboo Beach Resort off the mainland. We were
unable to stay longer as it was closing down -Sold?  This resort had very
pretty grounds although the steep climb (above the tree line) to our bures
was a bit of a challenge in the heat. The bures had great views and
interesting architecture. The food however, was marginal at best and not
much of it. Divers at this resort, using Bamboo Divers complained about
lack of care with their equipment and many wound up washing their gear in
their rooms.

The remainder of our stay was spent at a private residence on the same
island. The couple, Jenny and David, were extremely friendly and fed us
until we burst.

In summary: this is a great dive spot, definitely use Kai Viti Divers and I
think Wawanuvu Resort could be quite pleasant once the construction is
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