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Dive Review of Mai Dive Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Ono Island near Kadavu

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Evans, CO, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6011
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Bonaire, Roatan, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Went with the group but were free to select depth; at end of dive those who
needed to went up and the rest could stay - up to about 70 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
This resort involved a 1 hour plane ride from Nadi (the main Fiji airport)
and a 1.5 hour boat ride from the airport.  We did fine, but part of our
group ended up in the luggage boat - no cover on a sunny day - and
sunburned and with sore bottoms from hitting hard seats.

The setting is gorgeous - isolated with a beautiful view of sunrises over
the ocean.  We were there in the Fall, which meant cloudy weather, though
it didn't rain much (when it does, it pours!) and the vis was not great
because of the warm water/plankton, I guess.

We did two morning dives, part of the package, and generally one afternoon
dive - that was all we could fit in.  The dive sites were pretty variable -
those on the outside of the Astrolabe Reef (we generally went south off the
coast of Kadavu) were not in great shape, but we did see lots of small fish
species and several large fish, including a bumphead wrasse and some small
schools of large-ish snappers.  We also saw several small sharks - maybe 5
or so, max 9 feet.  Nice nudis and butterflyfish.  The Purple Wall was a
drift dive with some current - many species there.  While the coral was
sort of beat (lots of dead.. some algae-covered), there was good diversity
of species, if not large numbers of any one thing.

The other area we went to was north of Ono Island, and the reef was in much
better shape here.  There were lots of swim-throughs (sometimes too many),
and the coral on top of the bommies was spectacular.  The rubbly bottom was
a goby haven!   

Our divemaster did show some things, although he tended to touch/hold too
many things for me to be comfortable.  He sometimes seemed to be searching
for things to show us, so on a couple dives we swam a LOT - too much.  

Shore diving is hard here, because when the tide is out, there is a long
stretch of sea grass.  We did a night dive where they took us out and
dropped us off, and we swam in - that was cool, although the reefs close to
the resort were particularly unhealthy, we did see some nice night

The rooms were great - comfortable, clean, and with fun outdoor showers. 
The common area was pleasant and the food was excellent, too.  Staff was
friendly and helpful, and it was a joy getting to know Joe, the native
Fijian owner.  Current managers had just arrived (Hank and Claudia) and
they were friendly, helpful, and full of information. 
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