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Dive Review of Marlin Bay Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Island

November, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Randy Klumph, OR, USA
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Report Number 1511
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Fiji, Honduras, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 55    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The accomodations were excellent. Beautiful grounds and beaches. There was
24 hr security staff walking the resort. The resort staff worked very hard
to make everyone's stay pleasurable. The diving was marginal. Not much in
the way of reef life or color. Having spent the previous week in Taveuni we
had an immediate comparison. Other diving couples we met here also
expressed disappointment in the diving. The "world famous Beqa
Lagoon" was a dead wasteland so shore diving was a waste of time. The
food was disappointing. We stopped ordering the fish after 3 days. The last
fish dinner I could smell how bad it was before it was placed in front of
me. The other dishes were excellent though, as were the desserts. There was
a large group of 18 from the US that were rude (nudity, vulgarity, etc.),
and very insensitive to the Fijian culture. They must have watched too many
"Students Gone Wild Spring Break" videos. They acted like 16 year
olds away from home for the first time. These were adults from early 30s to
mid 60s who staged a panty raid, dancing around the dining room with
underwear on their heads. One member staggered drunkenly into the village
at 2am demanding a kava ceremony. Of course the Fijian staff were too
polite to confront them, but management should have stopped it early. The
trip into the village for Sunday church is well worth it, if only to hear
their choir. I'm not sure if we would return to Marlin Bay. There are too
many other places in Fiji worth exploring. However, the accomodations and
staff are among the best.
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