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Dive Review of Kai Viti/Wananavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA
Report Number 1568
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel,Yucatan, Columbia, Palau,
Yap, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, buddy  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I was looking for land based accomodations but wanted to experience the
sites where livaboards take divers. Kai Viti Divers was a great solution. 
When the weather cooperated, we were taken out to the Bligh Waters to dive
sites such as Black Magic Mountain, G-6, Garden of Eden, and many more. We
saw schools of tuna and fusiliers, grey, whitetip, and blacktip reef
sharks,numerous baracuda, hawkfish, peacock nudibranchs, lionfish, amazing
soft corals,huge sea fans,caverns, swimthroughs, and millions of anthias.

On rough days we dove inside the passage at surprisingly good sites where
we saw bommies topped with soft corals and swirling anthias, crevices with
soft corals lining entire walls, grey reef sharks, octopus, blennies,
anenomefish and more.

The owners, Julie and Mike Trussel, cater to more experienced divers and
were eager to get us to the outside sites.  Mike was flexible with dive
site choices and we dove our own profiles.  The boat is fast and
comfortable, with a head,camera table,plenty of dry storage areas,
protected seating areas, and camera designated rinse buckets.  The staff
will rinse and dry your gear and then have it set up for you when you get
to the boat the next morning.

Wananavu is a two hour drive north of Nadi and Kai Viti docks their boat in
front of the resort. The staff were extremely friendly and cheerful and the
rooms were clean,well equipped and comfortable.  The two bedroom villa has
an enormous deck, washer and dryer, and kitchen.  Meals were pretty good,
however it was very evident when the head chef had the day off.  Breakfast
is a continental buffet plus menu items. Lunch is a choice of various
soups, sandwiches and burgers, and dinner is a choice of three entres,
starters, vegies and desserts.

This was my sixth trip to Fiji and some of the best diving I've had.
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