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

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John Jo Lewis, CA, USA
Report Number 812
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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

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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!   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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