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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by cutter77, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5310
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over Caribbean - Fiji - California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    

Spent 9 nights at Lalati. Flew Air Pacific from LAX>NAN>SUV and then
took a 2 hour van ride to Pacific Harbor to catch the resort boat to Beqa
which only took about 45 minutes. Received a nice foot massage upon arrival
and were set up in a spacious bungalow. Things went downhill from
there.....we, as well as the majority of the other guests who were there
just before us and those in a dive group who arrived after we did, caught
some kind of virus....suspect probably Norovirus. We lost 3 days diving
because we were doing the nausea/vomiting/diarrhea thing. Yep.....we were
on a first-name basis with our bungalow toilet. Fortunately, we had read
recent reviews on the resort and noticed several reports of folks getting we had packed prescription meds which helped alleviate the
symptoms. We also asked for bleach from the laundry and wiped down
everything in our bungalow. Complicating the matter was the problem with
the water at the resort...we only had hot water intermittently and could
not drink the water in the bungalow. 

The resort was comfortable, the staff great, the diving pretty good, the
food good.  There were only 2 boats on the shark dive, ours and one from
Beqa Lagoon Resort. Normally there are up to 4 boats on site. There were a
LOT of divers in the water...strobes everywhere and lots of silt. The plump
bullsharks showed up on cue to be fed out of rolling trash bins. This is
not a "world class" shark dive/feed as touted. We've done the
Blackbeard shark dive twice and it was much better. 

Lalati has got to get a handle on the virus. Won't return to Lalati....if
we head back to Fiji, it will be to Mai Dive on Kadavu...had a great time
there in June-----------and didn't get sick!!
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