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Dive Review of Mantana Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by KEITH DAVIES, CO, USA
Report Number 2275
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatan, Florida, Texas, New England, New Jersey, Philadelpia,
English Channel- England, North sea- Scotland, Malta, Red Sea, Maldives,
Isreal, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, dry  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Muliti level diving, 60 mins max,  you had to pay extra to dive the best
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Travel time is boring, long lay overs, escially in Nadi, you arrive from
LAX at 5.30 am, the flight out is midday, you can not check your bags until
11am, but Sun Air will allow you to leave them behind the desk.Either get
your travel agent to book a day room at the TokaToka resort, very nice
place or grab a taxi to go into the town, theres nothing at the airport to

You can only take one checked bag for each person in the group and one
piece of hand luggage for the group, the rrest will be charged for, tell
them you have dive gear, the normal weight limit is 15 kilos, 20 for
divers, saves you a few dollars, as we found out, put all the heavy gear in
one piece of carry on, there scales arent set the same, Nadi weighed less
for less weight in Kadavu to come back,the scales arent calibrated and it
also depends on the person doing the weighing.

The flight to Kadavu is noisy, very small plane, the runway is short and
the airport is just a shack, looks like someones house.

You will have to look for the resort staff at the airport, they dont make
themselves very noticable, the boat ride is about 10 mins.

The resort makes you feel very welcome,The rooms are large, nice steel cage
outside for the dive gear ,but are a bit on the small side for 2 sets of
gear, dont leave noything out side your room unattended as it will go
missing.There are showers outside each room to rinse off and a rinse tub.
The rooms have ceiling fans, very hot water, they also have australian 3
pin sockets, different to the british 3 pin sockets, also a nice safe for
the valuables.

The resort staff are very friendley, remember your names as soon as you
arrive, food is excellant, especially the Lovo, the traditional Fijian
feast, cooked under ground and served on a bed of bread fruit tree leaves
which you also use as plates.

The diving wasnt as good as I expected,the breifings are sub standard, a
few dives against the current, we were taken to sites that werent that
good, they want alot more money to go to the best sites, seems the norm
these days, there wsa no sodas or water on the boat, only hot tea and
coffee to have at the surface interval on a local beach.

The tanks look out of date for visual and hydro testing, they are filledon
the boat not in any water to cool them down, its extra for afternoon dives
and night dives, but they wont take you to the best site even for night

Becare when you book, you have to pay extra to snorkell off the dive boat,
even when there are divers on it, water and sodas are extra, nothing is
free at this resort except the kayaks,shore diving sucks,basically ther
isnt any, unless you take a kayak and dive off that, shore snorkelling is

The owners Bob and Rena make you feel like familly, managers Scott and
Leslie make you feel like little children, especially when diving, they are
very new to this game, they even make the dive masters look small and
embarass them infront of the guests.

Find out as much as you can before you go, prices etc as it can add an
extra 5-700 dollars to your bill.

Its a nice place otherwise. 
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