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Dive Review of Marlin Bay Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Sean Bruner, AZ, USA
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Report Number 102
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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

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 ft max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
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
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