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Dive Review of Lalati Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Island

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jennifer MacDonald, CO, United States
Report Number 2071
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Turks and Caicos, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
90   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Lalati is a very special place.  It was a perfect vacation.  Beqa Island is
remote and pristine and well worth the fun journey to get there.  There are
no cars or roads on the island, only footpaths connecting the Fijian

The staff was wonderful and felt like family.  Everything you read about
the friendliness of the Fijian people is true.  There is no tipping at the
resort, and you feel that people are being nice to you because they are
sincerely kind and friendly.  As an example of the hospitality we
experienced, I mentioned to one of the staff the lovely smell coming from a
blooming Gardena bush - the next day a gardenia flower in a vase appeared
on my bedside table.

My husband and I normally need the first four or five days of a vacation to
wind down before we feel relaxed.  We both noticed that at Lalati we were
completely relaxed within a few hours of arriving.  We have never
experienced such immediate relaxation on a vacation before.  It made the
whole week seem longer since we mellowed out so quickly. 
The owners are warm, welcoming and attentive to your needs without imposing
on your privacy.  Likewise, manager Beato makes sure you are happy and
looks after your every request (before you think of it) without getting in
your way.  Beato is very funny and personable and you wont want to say
goodbye to him at the end of your vacation!
The spacious accommodations (Bures)  are beautiful, luxurious, extremely
private and well-maintained.  Fresh flowers are kept in the bathroom and
living areas.
The chef Beato prepares amazing meals that defy the remoteness of the
resort!  I have never eaten so well in my life.  The food is truly gourmet
and plentiful. The kitchen is careful with any special dietary requests
(one of the guests was a vegetarian and seemed very happy with her meals). 
Meals are served at a large table, but guests are welcomed to eat privately
at their own table if desired.

The resort offered many non-diving activities  hikes, trips to the
village, spa treatments, kayaking, trips to a small island for a romantic
lunch or dinner - Storm Island  and surfing.  Our favorite activity was to
kayak across the bay to a secluded cove and snorkel.  It was a world class
spot, by far the best snorkeling we have ever experienced.  The pool/hot
tub area is lovely  we spent most afternoons sitting by the pool in the
shade with a good book and cold drink.  The view from the pool area across
the bay is amazing.
The dive boats left around 8:30 for a two tank dive.  The dive shop picks
up your gear on arrival and you dont have to handle it again all week. 
Everything is set up for you and rinsed/stored after each dive.  Hot
chocolate and banana bread were offered during the surface interval.  The
dive sites were all within 10-20 minutes of the resort.  Most of the diving
was on pinnacles in Beqa Lagoon.  Pinnacles were swarming with life  we
saw the following plus much more:  male ribbon eel, juvenile ribbon eel,
lizard fish, lionfish, pipefish, Mertens butterflyfish, Ornate
butterflyfish, regal angel fish, spine cheek anemone fish, jewel
damselfish, fire dartfish, cleaner wrasse, orangeband surgeonfish, Moorish
idol, yellow tang, clown triggerfish, pallid triggerfish, unicornfish, sea
turtles, arc eye hawkfish, freckled hawkfish, knife razorfish, red-eye
hovering goby, scythe triggerfish, crescent wrasse, two tone dart,
signalfin goby, latticed sandperch, leaf scorpionfish, trumpetfish,
blackspotted puffers, popcorn shrimp, spotted toby, saddled butterflyfish,
humphead bannerfish, golden spadefish, orange spine unicornfish, clarks
anemonefish, longnose hawkfish, speckled damsel, blue and yellow fusilier,
yellowtail coris, crinoid clingfish, octopus, emperor angelfish, two-spot
snapper, steep-head parrot fish, three spot dascyllus, white spotted
puffer, bi-color blenny, yellowstripe goatfish, bird wrasse, wedgetail
triggerfish, longnose file fish, Picasso triggerfish, pyramid
butterflyfish, black snapper, singular bannerfish, longfin bannerfish,
masked bannerfish, black spot angelfish, mimic surgeon fish, barred
rabbitfish, blackbar damsel, whiteband damsel, speckled damsel, midnight
snapper, bi-color flag blenny.  
We took one trip to Frigates Passage (a longer boat ride around the
island) where we did some neat swim throughs and saw several reef sharks. 

I cannot think of a single negative thing to say about the resort, the dive
operation or our vacation!  It was perfect.  
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