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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Lipszyc and Wilga Kottek, Vic, Australia (1 report)
Report Number 5067
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Walindi, Sea of Cortez, Outer Great Barrier Reef, Palau, Truk Lagoon,
Flores, Galapagos, Solomon Islands, Lord Howe Island, Nananu-I-Ra, Kadavu,
Toberua, Ningaloo/Exmouth, Espiritu Santo Vanuatu, Port Phillip Bay! 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 45    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
25 meters max, as we were with beginners  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    

Moodys Namena is a unique dive island destination, in that the package you
get is due to the vision of its longstanding owners, Tom and Joan Moody.
We were lucky that they allowed us to bring our 3 children, aged 11, 15
& 17. The older two, who had just qualified, did their first diving in
truly idyllic conditions. For the 7 days we were at Namena we were the only
Dive routine is two dives a day, at 9 and 1:30, after meals, and no other
options. They would dive if only one diver went. Aside from the checkout
dive off the boat jetty (very good coral and clams), the launch always
traveled 1-4 km to the coral ring surrounding the island (about 10-20 min
trip, marine national park). The diving ranged from usually excellent, to
occasionally just good. Great Fijian soft coral, the usual sharks, tuna,
barracuda, turtles, sea kraits, stunning visibility etc. My younger
daughter snorkeled in quite a few of the spots and often saw much of what
we did. The dive guides, Nigel and George were excellent, as was the boat
crew. Diving does not get much easier or better than this. We would often
see the liveaboards or the launch from Cousteau at some of the sites, but
they were easily avoided. Much effort has gone into conservation in the
past years and we presume that what we experienced was a direct result of
this. It probably helps that the island and its reef are 1-2 hours boat
ride from the closest population. 
The island itself is the more unique part of the package, being only a mile
long, and having only footpaths and steps for transport. The resort, taking
up only a small fraction of the island, with its dining room and well
spaced bures, is about 100 steps up from the jetty unless you get a lift in
Toms tiny van. But most guests will walk the length of the island for the
views or to see the ancient stone ruins, or to get a closer look at the
many great birds, bats, or sea kraits near the wateror to go snorkeling on
the other side of island at Nautilus Beach, one of the most sublime in the
world. All the staff are genuinely friendly and excellent at volley ball
and the Moodies most hospitable. 
The only downsides for some, would be the lack of power and thus aircon
in the bures and dining area, and so the daily shuffle of iPods etc to Joan
for charging in her office. Thus I surmise keen underwater photographers
may not be taken seriously, a thought that does not particularly upset me
(having seen their habits over the years). 
The solar panels that Tom and Joan have set up over the years, long before
green became trendy, are enough to power the small fans in the bures, and
the wind and high positions of the bures and doors do the rest. 
The last I heard, was that more panels are on their way. However we would
all be happy to return regardless. This is a resort to savour for its
nature, peace and the quirky nightly ritual of gecko wrangling (so that
none fall from the ceiling during meals). 
In contrast, the dive sites that we visited on the Tui Tai the week after
Namena, were very good, but not as good as Namena. I would otherwise highly
recommend the Tui Tai for parents of children of similar age to ours, who
either could not get to Namena or where diving was not the highest
priority. Namena is a superb idyllic hideaway but not for those who need a
full wine cellar and hairdryer on tap. 
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