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Dive Review of Mai Dive Astrolabe in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu/Ono Islands

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Markley, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6039
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Roatan, Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow dive master; do safety stop with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Rinse tank on land; nothing on the boat.  No thought given to UWPs
equipment.  Where there was time a separate dive master sometimes guided
UWPs separately to allow for better and more close up attention to
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Nice place amd nice people.  Family owned. Very remote.  Small, only 3
bures (two small and one large). Simple but very well kept and comfortable.
 Still new and improving.  Only been in operation two years.  Medium size
boat with room for 6 divers plus a couple smaller boats. This permitted
local Astrolabe reef diving only along the east side of Ono Island.  Only
resort on Ono Island so we were the only boat at the sites.  Dive
operations on Kadavu Island do not come this far north. Since they did not
have a larger boat with bigger engines, we could not reach the nicer more
well known sites on the reef around Kadavu.  Food was OK.  They grow their
own veggies and fruit.  They do not have a PADI certified instructor. Dive
masters from the local village were OK at best. No A/C, no cell service. 
They do have WiFi/internet. They advertise snorkeling with the manta rays. 
There is cleaning station but the manta rays were not there during our
stay.  There is no shopping, spa, massage, and no touristy type stuff,
excursions, hiking, etc.  Just relaxing and diving. 
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