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

Marlin Bay Resort, Mar, 2003,

by Sherrie Barker, OR, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 468.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Puget Sound
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 110 depth limit; computers
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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