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

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Fred Moon, DC, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4930
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, FL Keys, Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, Maui, Oahu
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, but we also did not ask to go beyond the limits suggested in the dive
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Moody's is a special, special place...but it is not for everyone nor does
it claim to be.  The description on the website is accurate, but the photos
do not do it justice.  The love and care with which Tom and Joan
(pronounced Jo Ann) built Moodys shows in every aspect.  Not much can be
said that you can't read about in other reviews or on other websites, but
if you have even the slightest bit of an adventurous spirit, it is not to
be missed, particularly while you still have the chance to interact with
Tom and hear his stories.  He is a true eco pioneer, having developed a
green resort before the term existed.

The staff is incredibly accommodating and genuinely seem to care about the
guests.  There are no staged performances.  When you participate in the
kava ceremony, you truly get the sense that the staff would be doing the
exact same thing whether guests were present or not.

Only having 50 dives under my belt, I don't know how much weight will be
given to my review, but it was otherworldly. The reef, which Tom originally
explored by freediving, is the star of the show.  They have done a great
job conserving it, and seeing Joan in her office, scanning the reef with a
pair of binoculars for unannounced guests is not an uncommon sight.  The
fact that the Cousteau resort touts the fact that it dives the Namena reef
once a week is a testament to its beauty.

We saw 5-6 sharks each dive, all sorts of soft coral, schooling jacks and
mackerel, lionfish, mantas here and there and countless nudibranchs.  Dives
ranged from wall to drift and bommie.  The dive facilities are spartan,
however the staff is very adept at fixing free-flowing regs etc on site. 
The head divemaster, Nigel, is very good at adjusting according to divers
abilities and interests.  He also runs a very tight operation and his staff
responds accordingly.

While I'm not an underwater photographer, another guest was and he seemed
to have no problems with the facilities or charging his batteries.  Just
remember that if you go (and you should), doublecheck your dive gear and
bring whatever you need because there will be virtually no way get anything
once you're there.
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