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Dive Review of Michael J. Millet/Beqa Lagoon Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Lagoon

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4016
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Fiji, Yap, Palau, Galapagos, Socorros, Sea of
Cortez, Monterey Bay, Channel Islands, Truk, Kosrae
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco diving; Finish dive with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Dive boats had large rinse tanks for cameras; crew did a good job handling
camera gear; no camera rinse tank on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I visited this resort in 2004 when it was Marlin Bay Resort. In some
aspects it has improved and in others it has declined. 

The pool area is expanded and is much more spacious. It is very nice. The
staff was very friendly and helpful.

The bures are in need up a bit of upkeep. Most of the guests are from the
USA but the facilities and converters re: electricity are still quite
limited. The outlets in the rooms are so close to the floor that a power
converter won't fit in the space available. I was fortunate to obtain a 240
v. extension cord from reception. There is no wireless internet.

The management of the dive operation is sorely lacking. The resort was
filled to capacity but the there was not a reasonable distribution of
divers among the dive boats. Our dive boat had almost twice the divers as
the other boat (the boats were the same size). We had 15 divers on our boat
whereas the other boat had 9 divers. When I brought this situation to the
attention of Mark, the manager, he essentially blew me off. Also the dive
boat we had was incredibly slow. It took 6 hours for a 2-tank dive. On more
than one occasion, we did not return for lunch until after 2:30 pm. It got
so bad that the divers renamed the boat the SeaSlug. Again, when several
divers on our boat complained to Mark, his response was no action, no
empathy, too bad.

In fairness, the dive boat crew as great, The dive guides were excellent
and the deck hands were always there to handle gear and change out tanks.

The shore diving is marginal, The visibility is about 15'-20' off the
shore. Also, if the tide is out, the shore diving is essentially

The manager, Mark, runs the resort like it is summer camp for adults. He
even had each dive boat's divers make up a song about their experience
which we sang as a group on our last night. It gets pretty tedious after a
day or two.

In summary, I will definitely return to Fiji to dive but I will definitely
NOT return to Beqa Lagoon Resort. The resort management and overall service
were disappointing. In addition, there are many other excellent dive
resorts in Fiji to experience.
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