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Dive Review of Marlin Bay Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Marlin Bay Resort, Aug, 2002,

by Sean Bruner, AZ, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 102.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Galapagos, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, Hawaii, Jamaica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 110 ft max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There was no E6 processing, no photo tables on boats, separate rinse tank but everyone was cleaning masks and sometimes other things in it, and the gift shop sold some film and batteries but at way inflated prices.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We booked the trip through a local dive shop, which did an extremely poor job of describing what we needed to bring. I only brought a 3 mm wetsuit and was cold throughout the week (consequently using a lot of air). My wife at least was smart enough to bring her hood. Luckily, someone lent me her hood. The dive guide from the shop (chubby) said, "Well, I'm not cold and I only wear a 3." Apparently, some of the people at the shop knew in advance, because someone had emailed the shop that the week before the divers were cold, but most of the travelers weren't told (this is the shop's fifth trip to this resort, so they should know by now). It rained the first three days and everyone was freezing. I had foolishly only brought a sweatshirt. All the personnel at the resort were wearing really nice knee length windbreakers with hoods, advertising the resort on the back, but the gift shop was out of them when I tried to buy one. The first two days of diving, the dive shop owner picked wrecks to dive where the water was very choppy and the currents both underwater and at the surface were very strong. It was totally unsuited for a first dive. After two days, the weather cleared, but the water never did. The rain limited visibility for the rest of the trip. The corals, however, especially the soft corals, were impressive. The boat rides were long (the resort is on Beqa Island), minimum one hour to the reef. The guys on the boat and the local divemasters were top knotch. The resort has a policy of no tipping which is strictly enforced. They ask you to contribute to a Christmas fund for the employees, but are murky on how the money actually gets distributed. The resort is beautiful and the rooms are quite pretty, but you are virtually a prisoner there, since walking to any of the nine villages on the island (no cars!) is prohibited unless it is during the contrived school visit or church service. The villagers put on a tourist "fire walking" and singing show. They are very good singers and the authenticity of their cultural heritage is impressive. Overall, the experience was positive, but the weather did dampen it. Of course, the resort is not responsible for the weather and I imagine the diving is excellent during better weather with better vis. The food was so-so, especially the breakfasts. Lunches were the best meals. Desserts were great and way too big. Fiji is a very big location (over 300 islands) and next trip I would like to see more of it instead of just this one little portion.
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