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

Michael J. Millet/Beqa Lagoon Resort, Mar, 2008,

by Michael J Millet, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 4016.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Deco diving; Finish dive with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 non-existent.

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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