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Dive Review of Marlin Bay Divers/Marlin Bay Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jerre B. Sadler, Florida, USA
Report Number 121
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Palau/Yap, Red Sea, Cozumel, Xel Ha, Cayman Islands, Roatan,
Dry Tortugas, Bahamas, Florida(salt/fresh), N. Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Only common sense restrictions. Could use computer without
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
[None]No real dedicated area for camera folks but did have a camera rinse
tank on board. No film processing on the island I was aware of. Boat crew
assisted camera folks on and off. Very careful with all gear. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
[None]This is easily the most professionally run dive resort and dive
operation I have encountered in my 18 years of diving. The resort staff are
dedicated to your relaxation and enjoyment on land and there is virtually
nothing you could desire that they would not instantly try to make happen
for you. The tropical setting is truly stunning and the physical plant
itself is top notch. There are numerous things to do on the island for
non-divers including shelling, snorkeling, hiking, photography, fishing,
surfing, mongoose watching, birds and butterflies, kayaking, village and
school visits, and getting to know the very genuine and incredibly curious
Fijians. The bures are way more than I expected and the cleaning staff is
always there but you never seem to see them. The restaurant and staff are
also top notch serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and snacks if you just
gotta have them. The desserts are memorable. A full range of beverages is
always available. The dive operation personnel are quick to help with
anything and the dive boats are modern, clean, fairly quick, and easy to
get into and out of. You go to the dive platform, your gear is brought to
you, and you go diving. Good ladders help you out of the water with your
gear on, or off being handled by the captain, dive masters, or crew. Tanks
are changed for you. You can get as much or as little help as you need or
want without complaint. Dive masters know the dive sites well and make sure
that you do also before you hit the water. Corals are in good shape,
tropicals/macro are everywhere to be seen, carpet anemones with their
resident clownfish abound, octopi and small squid can be seen, sharks are
here and there, grouper and snapper and the entire gamut of western Pacific
marine life are here with the exception of mantas. We were there in the
beginning of their winter so the water was cooler and rougher and
occasional currents could surprise you at tide change. Air temps ranged
from mid-70's to mid-80's with an occasional rain shower. It can be buggy
at dusk and into the evening but bug spray is always available from staff.
The 10 hour flight from Los Angeles arriving at dawn, followed by the 3
hour bus and boat ride to the resort can leave you shell-shocked but you
have just arrived in paradise. No phones, no computers, no fax's, no TV's,
no radios, no roads, and no need for stress. Shop and conduct yourself
carefully on the big island though. Don't wear your sparkly jewelry, watch
your wallet/purse, and use standard traveler's common-sense. You are back
in the real world on the big island. My wife and I would go back in a
heartbeat and that would be my recommendation to you. 
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