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Dive Review of Mai Dive in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Ono Island

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jerri Moore, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4889
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    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):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
We recently returned from a 9 nite trip to Ono Island, the small island
north of Kadavu. We stayed and dived with Mai Dive which is owned and
operated by Jason & his wife Danielle. 

Mai Dive is about 5 minutes from the Astrolabe Reef and the diving was very
good. Our dives were inside and outside the Astrolabe, bommies, walls, and
channels We were impressed with the critter sightings....sea snake,
pipehorses, lots of sharks, clownfish in several differently colored
brilliant anemones, eagle rays, blue spotted rays, potato cod, sweetlips,
BIG morays and BIG mantas plus the entire cast of Pacific tropicals and
hard/soft corals. Jason works hard at providing the optimal diving
experience for each diver and we found him and his DMs to be safety
conscious but not overbearing. Jason grew up diving these waters and he and
his crew know them like the back of their hand. One day there were 7 divers
in our boat but most of the trip it was just the two of us, sometime there
were two or three others. His rental gear was well-maintained and
practically new and his boats were fast. We've done quite a bit of private
boat diving and Mai Dive has the most capable and knowledgeable captains
we've encountered.

We had an intimate spacious bungalow at the end of the beach with our own
big deck only feet from the beach, and we appreciated the comfortable beds
and an outside hot shower for after dives. The food was delicious and
varied, and the ladies doing the cooking have a great handle on baked
goods! We enjoyed menus featuring produce from their large organic garden
for our meals and snacks.

The resort is located on the east side of Ono and the entire time we were
there we never saw another dive boat. It was like having the resort and the
island to ourselves, and the entire staff went out of their way to make us
feel at home, quickly granting any request made. Our evening spent in the
village which the boat captains and some of the resort staff lived in was
very likely the most "authentic" Fijian experience to be had in
the islands. 

A highlight of our stay was the time we spent with 5-7 mantas just a short
boatride from Mai Dive. I filled up a 2g card with very close encounters
from several angles as the big guys just noted our presence, and then went
on about their feeding and circling over a cleaning alone
was worth the trip!

The Fiji dollar has been devalued and Air Pacific has some great fares from
LAX so it was less than the cost of some trips we've made to the Caribbean
from Texas.

Mai Dive is a small, undiscovered "special place" in the Pacific
and we intend to return as soon as possible.
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