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Dive Review of Lalati Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Malcolm Leader-Picone, CA, USA
Report Number 231
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji (Taveuni); Hawaii; Saba; Grand Turk; Little Cayman; Roatan; Costa
Rica; Cozumel; Bequia; California; Virgin Islands; Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Incredible macro opportunities. It seems like we saw every kind of
nudibranch in the book and then some!
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 $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Lalati Resort is a fabulous place! Linda Kwansy, the owner, and allof her
staff made us feel like part of their family 
during our ten nights at Lalati. The bures are beautiful and huge, handmade
by the local islanders. The food is superb.We
certainly miss the mellow gatherings before dinner to imbibe (and not just
the mandatory kava) and listen to the staff sing.
In addition, we had wonderful massages and pedicures, fire walkers and
local dancers! 

As to the diving, Seta, the local divemaster, is utterly amazing in his
ability to find every manner of rare species:  frog fish, leaf fish, 
every type of nudibranch in the books, shrimp, eels, you name it, Seta
found it for us. The corals in Beqa Lagoon are among the 
healthiest we have seen anywhere, hard and soft. The colors are fantastic.
There are millions of juvenile fish of all the indo-pacific 
varieties. In addition, large schools of barracuda and jack cruised the
reefs. Then, there were the sharks. Predominantly white tip, 
but with black tips and nurse sharks thrown in for good measure. There was
only one dive in nine days of diving when we did not 
come close to a shark. The diving in Beqa Lagoon is primarily on bommies,
or pinnacles. We would drop to the sandy bottom and 
slowly spiral our way to the top, which would be in 15 to 30 feet of water.
On the top of the bommies, the amount of fish life and 
effusiveness of corals was unbelievable. Novices may be put off a bit at
times by currents, but Seta was expert at avoiding the 
currents and leading the dives in such a way as to minimize any encounters
with current.

Lalati is a wonderful tiny paradise, from the moment you step off the boat
into the shallow waters lapping at the small beach, 
to the tearful farewell, with all the staff gathered to sing to you as you
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