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

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Sylvia Seaberg, CA, USA
Report Number 2098
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Solomons, PNG, Palau/Truk/Yap, Vanuatu, Belize, Red Sea, Australia, Bali,
Hawaii, Saba, Bahamas, Grenadines, Virgin Islands, Mexico, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits enforced by computer.  Dive master was preoccupied with
keeping divers in a tight group. His "assistant" was an annoyance
rather than an asset, although the constant windmilling of his arms was
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Subjects for UW are endless, both macro and wide angle.  Boat has rinse
tank.  Resort has no camera 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    
We were a group of 16 divers who chose Lalati as an add-on after 10
dive-packed days in the Solomons.  We were looking for some R&R at a
deluxe resort that offered diving and a Fijian experience; this is exactly
what we found at Lalati, a true gem of Fiji.  After a long but scenic drive
from Nadi we boarded a ferry and 45 minutes later arrived at Lalati Resort
on Beqa Island.  Our luggage arrived before us and was waiting at our
bures.  The resort is beautiful, spacious, scenic, well-maintained, a true
paradise.  Bures are large and comfortable.  The 5 beach bures have two
bedrooms, each with separate doors leading onto the expansive porch and
also into the luxurious bathroom.  This helped maintain privacy since, due
to our group size, some of the couples needed to share their bures with a
single.  Each bure has its own dedicated rain water tank and composting
toilet, very ecological.  You are requested to use the biodegradable
toiletries that the resort provides, no problem as they are of the highest
quality, Pure Fiji.  Comfy robes are hung in the bathroom for the guests to
use.  Weather was hot, sunny and dry until the last two days when it
clouded up and rained.  We were told that overcast and rain was common and
we were lucky to have so much sun.  

The staff is outstanding.  Managers Clint and Jane are friendly and
omnipresent but not intrusive.  The local staff from Lalati Village are
beautiful, friendly and seemed truly interested in our well-being.  The
food rivaled any 4-star restaurant and the gourmet quality was maintained
at every meal throughout our entire week.  We were amazed.  The staff did
everything they could to satisfy us, including one or two extra beer runs
Clint had to make to the main island after realizing we were a particularly
thirsty group.  At night the local musicians entertained us with their
music and kava ceremony.  One of our group is an accomplished guitarist and
he was immediately adopted by the band and jammed with them nightly.  The
bar is well-stocked including an impressive selection of wines.  Dining is
open air in the protected common area, absolutely lovely, but prepare for
mosquitos.  They have an assortment of repellents at the bar but bring your
own if you like a particular kind. They do try to keep the skeeters at bay
but it's good to be prepared.  

Diving in Beqa Lagoon is spectacular.  Water temperature was cool after the
Solomons but the visibility was superior.  Our dives were virtually
current-free and surface conditions were calm.  The sites we dove featured
dramatic pinnacles and swim-throughs with colorful soft corals, anemones,
magnificent sea fans and a variety of creatures that was breath-taking. 
These included ribbon eels, anemone-fish, nudibranchs, reef fish, shrimps,
sharks and many, many others.  Photographs do not do UW Fiji justice. 
Resort boats (2) are rustic but comfortable and take divers directly to the
nearby dive sites.  Resort crew totes gear to and from boat so divers do
not lift a finger.  Our dive master was preoccupied with keeping the group
tightly together the first dive.  We requested that he not be so militant
and he did back off.  To be fair, we were a large group which perhaps made
him nervous.  He was more relaxed the second day and everybody, guide
included, had a more enjoyable time. His assistant was a different story. 
He was one of the worst divers we have ever seen, up and down like a cork
with arms waving wildly throughout, often tugging on our hoses to get our
attention; nothing we said could get him to stop.  His antics have made a
priceless addition to our trip video, however.  Dive masters on both boats
were excellent at finding critters and made sure that the photographers had
every photo op possible.  Dive shop on the resort is well-equipped with
rental gear and those of us with skins or 3 mm wetsuits were able to rent
thicker suits.  

Shore diving was pleasant (and free), but visibility was poor at 10-20
feet.  Once was enough and we felt that snorkeling was a better option. 
There is much to see off the resort, (ask to see Jane's UW photos of their
reef) but superior snorkeling is found across the bay at Clint's point. 
It's fun to kayak over, roam the beach and snorkel the reef.  Learn from
our mistake and don't wait until the last day to snorkel this point. 
Another recommended kayak excursion is deep into Lalati lagoon past bat
island and through the mangroves at high tide, a very cool experience. 
Other activities that we enjoyed were hikes up the mountain, water skiing,
and a day trip out to Frigates for surfing (costs extra).  The resort also
boasts a pool and hot tub, perfect after diving and snorkeling, and a day
spa (costs extra) that was heavily utilized by our group to great

Lalati is a very special place that far exceeded our expectations.  When
our ferry departed to take us home the entire staff stood on the beach and
sang a farewell to us...a moving experience indeed.  I would, and will,
return to Lalati Resort. 
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