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Dive Review of Moody's Namena Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Namena

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mona Cousens, CA, United States
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Report Number 5156
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Solomon, Indonesia, Sipadan, thailand, etc etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Each group of four or more were given their own guide.
We could dive as long as we pleased.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
they are not really set up for photographers.  Most folks carried their
cameras to/from their bures for the dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
July 2009

Moodys Namena Resort

A little slice of Heaven.  That is what I thought when I checked into
Moodys Namena Resort.  The crossing over from Savusavu on Vanua Levu was
harrowing.  One hour and twenty minutes in an open sided speed boat through
medium sized waves, wind and rain.  We were actually lucky.  The guests who
had arrived on an earlier flight got the bigger dive boat for the crossing
which took two and one-half hours in rough seas.

On arrival you forget all that as you are greeted by Tom Moody in his
signature four-wheeler.  At age 80 he uses this to get around his lovely
island and is happy to offer the guests a ride to or from the dive shop or
on a one man tour of the island.

The island is 110  acres with the resort occupying only 10 of those acres.
The remaining 100 acres has remained just as it was found when the Moodys
began their resort.  This means there are lots of hiking trails through
wild terrain for those who enjoy that.  There is also a nice beach with
hammocks and lounge chairs for those who wish to relax there.

Our  bure was spectacular.  Perched on the side of the cliff hanging over
the ocean.  What a view.   You have a lovely king sized bed with mosquito
netting and adorned with fresh flowers changed daily.  Each bure contains
his and her bathrooms with a shower in between.

There are two dives offered a day and do not try to alter this schedule. 
It is not flexible.  The first dive is after breakfast at 9:00 and the
second is after lunch around 1:30.  You are welcome to snorkel right off
the dock between dives or in the afternoon but do not ask for an extra tank
!!  There are also kayaks near the dive shop and you may take one whenever
you like.  The kayaking off the resort is quite good.

The dive shop is located by the dock and the resort is on the hill so one
must walk down  the 110 steps to reach the dive shop.  You suit up and go. 
Your gear is already on board.  The week we were there had six divers which
were split into two groups with two dive guides.  This made the site less
crowded as we could go in two different directions.

The sites are varied and have many different types of diving.   There are
walls with beautiful fans and soft corals.   The pinnacle dives were a
favorite as you could spiral around a bommie looking at the myriad sea life
and then swim to another one close enough to enjoy both on one dive.
We also dove the reef break on the sites Kansas or Fish Patch which
featured sharks, napolean wrasse, huge dogtooth tuna, a grouper which
weighed about 200 pounds, schools of jacks and barracuda and so many fish
species you were at a loss to name them all. 

Moodys Namena has been owned by Tom and Joan (pronounced Joanne) for the
past 27 years.  Tom is a wealth of information regarding Fiji:  the
islands, politics, the native habits and psyche,  composting, green
living and just about anything else you wish to discuss with him.  Yes, it
has been said that the Moodys are set in their ways, but please remember
this is their home and you have been invited to share it with them.  The
fact that they like things a certain way was ok with us.  If we have guests
in our home we like them to follow certain rules as well.  If this upsets
you,  dont come here. Otherwise,  you are in for a real treat and will
want to return as often as possible. 

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