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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jane Schmitt, HI, USA
Report Number 2354
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Coral Sea, Australia, Palau & Truk in Micronesia, Vanua Levu, Beqa,
Taveuni in Fiji, Big island, Kauai, Niihau in Hawaii, Cayman Islands,
Cozumel, Bay Islands, Belize, Chinchorro banks, Jamaica, Dominica Isles de
Saints, St. Kitts, Tobago, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Since my husband & I were the only 2 guests (& both are experienced
divers) we were able to designate our depth/ time limits & had no
interference from dive masters   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
[None]Boat is not set up for photographers, however since it was just 2 of
us, the divemasters made sure there was fresh water for rinsing and handled
camera with care
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Namena Barrrier reef was designated a marine preserve 2 years ago and it is
a spectacular underwater ecosystem. The hard & soft corals were
extremely healthy and life on the beautiful bommies in the lagoon and
drop-offs on the outside was incredibly diverse and plentiful. Large
pelagics (sharks, dolphins, giant gropers) could regularly be seen on the
wall dives, while on the bommies there was a plethora of fish &
critters including: several species of anemonefish, lionfish, many species
of anthias, triggerfishes, many angelfish species (notably, Emperor angel)
and odd-balls such as leaf scorpion fish and ribbon eels. The visibility
was generally good to excellent, with only one day of plankton bloom in the
early Fijiian summer & there was normally a light current. 
Although Moody's does have 6 bures, we were the only guests the week we
visited. The 125 acre Namena island is quite remote, being 25 miles south
of Vanua Levu and therefore, I am sure it is difficult to supply and keep
the resort running.We had no glitches during out stay but if there was more
than 1 UWP, re-charging digital cameras would have been a problem. The
bures are rustic, but with great sea/ jungle views-but windows & doors
have no screens & mosiquito net on bed is a MUST! Food was plentiful
and varied, but not gourmet.
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