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

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Sherrie Barker, OR, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 468
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 depth limit; computers   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
My camera quit working immediately, but others on board were able to put
cameras in the rinse tank without masks, etc., in with them. There was
space to change film under the upper deck on a solid table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Marlin Bay was all we could have hoped. We had every kind of weather
possible, including thunder and lightening. The sunsets were magnificent.
The Marlin Bay staff are incredibly accommodating while being completely
unobtrusive. Be sure to make an appointment for an afternoon massage! It's
a good thing diving burns calories, because the meals were delicious. The
only change I would suggest is a breakfast buffet so guests don't find
themselves rushed to finish in order to be on time for the boats. We took
the organized tour to the school, which was quite interesting (the kids
were great - practice your singing before you go) and walked on our own to
the Rukua village, where we were warmly welcomed. No firewalking, since
there was a dispute between two of the chiefs. We weren't with a dive
group, so found ourselves on the Luna Sea with others who had come as small
groups or couples, and had the best time you could imagine. The diving was
different from Hawaii or Cozumel. The soft coral was amazing and in great
shape (we had just seen Coral Reef Adventure) and the fish very abundant. I
generally dive in a 3 mm suit, but was very comfortable in a full skin
instead. Because there had been quite a bit of rain, the visibility wasn't
as clear as we had hoped it would be, but we still found the whole
experience to be one we would heartily recommend. Take advantage of the
offer to have a day room booked at the Tanoa Hotel in Nadi. It's a long
trip back to LA.
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