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

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas C. Spencer, CA, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 3367
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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

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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