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Dive Review of NAI'A Cruises/NAI'A in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Waters

NAI'A Cruises/NAI'A, Jan, 2003,

by John Jo Lewis, CA, USA . Report 812.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, California, Caymans, Cozumel, Dominica, Fiji(Taveuni) Hawaii, Kosrae, Palau, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Good suggestions, excellent briefings, but no depth limits. Use good judgement. Dive tender diving is flexible enough for extra long dives or lots of short ones. There's lots of freedom and support available for whatever makes you happy - just ask!
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room for tinkering, crew is camera savvy and helpul about preventing equipment mishaps. Help is available if you want to improve your photographic skills.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Depending on local conditions, Naias Fiji itinerary will take a unique path through unspoiled and dramatic reefs and bommies in the Bligh Water region, North and East of Viti Levu. I have previously enjoyed diving around Taveuni and Matangi, and had recently seen some great diving in Papua New Guinea, but the reefs and pinnacles we dove during this years 10 day New Years charter were a revelation. Coral and fish life were diverse, abundant and colorful in the extreme.
Take a look at all the prettiest footage in the Coral Reef Adventure Imax film to get an accurate idea It was all shot diving at reefs pinpointed by Rob Barrel and Cat Holloway, Naia owners who frequently host these voyages. Their unique knowledge of Fiji waters combined with an experienced and enthusiastic crew, show the Bligh waters at their best, as they are able to plan diving at their favorite spots so as to take advantage of ideal tide and current conditions in a way that is almost uncanny.
The height of liveaboard luxury is being at the right place at the right time, staying as long as you like, and surfacing to find your dive tender waiting to pick you up and whisk you back to a warm towel and a relaxing surface interval. The skill and efficiency of Naias friendly Fijian crew make all of this look easy, even if youre hard core enough to repeat the experience 5 times a day.

Food was plentiful and tasty, cabins are pleasant and the plumbing works. This is a well run operation with a happy, competent crew.
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