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

NAI'A/NAI'A Live Aboard, Jun, 2007,

by Douglas C. Spencer, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3367.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Several Carribean land based resorts, several land based South Pacific resorts. This was my first live aboard.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I was the only non photographer on board. From my perspective and from listening to everyones comments, the crew and facilities were top notch.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my first live aboard. I got back two days ago. I have been diving since 1982 from land based resorts and have always felt anxious about going on a live aboard. The only negative I have to report is that the rooms are approximately equal to very nice motor home accomodations. However, you are only in them for sleeping.

Now that that is out of the way here are the positives (and believe me they outweigh the previous commend 10 to 1). First, I thought the NAI'A crew was 5 star outstanding. They were very knowledgable, courteous, and helpful. No dive restrictions were maintained and from my perspective all the guests dived with experience and maturity. The dive guides (Sonia, Grant, and Rich) were the best I have dealt with in 25 years of diving. They were patient, funny, informative and very, very knowledgable. The food was superlative and abundant (and very healthy). Sulie served us 4 times a day. I saw her up at 4:30AM and she worked until I crashed at night at 9PM. We also had the pleasure of diving with Robb the owner and founder who joined us on this dive. He is a remarkable individual who is patient, kind, and wrote the book on 'resourcefulness' (check out the dvd on the building of the NAI'A-this cat is truly amazing). I could not give this operation enough kudos. I was amazed at how fast the days went by with 4 dives per day. Also, the other passengers were very interesting and by the end of the trip, I had made several new friends. However, if you wanted your private space, there was more then enough time and spots for that. Now for the most important part...diving in Fiji rocks! Every thing you have heard about soft corral and fish life is true! I plan to rebook another trip on the NAI'A as soon as possible.
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