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Dive Review of NAI'A in
Fiji and Tuvalu/bligh water and other

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Gerald Meral, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 2182
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, red sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
more room on this boat for photo set up than many others.  Very sensitive
to needs of photographers
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  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Nai's was our first liveaboard.  It was incredible.  We were worried that
we might not dive as much as other divers.  We averaged 3 dives a day,
which was fine.  The Bligh Water and Namena Reserve are amazing places to
dive: big and small fish and critters everywhere.  Soft corals are
especially outstanding.  

Crew does everything for you: diving was off small skiffs so you could get
right to the bommie (rock/coral pillar) or other dive spot.  Never more
than 3 minutes from the Nai'a.  Helped you into your b/c, and then took it
from you while you were in the water at the end of the dive.  No limits on
diving: you can do what you want, although if you stayed with the
divemaster they found tons of little things you might otherwise miss.  I
identified (using the Allen Indo-Pacific book) 166 species, and it would
have been more if I had more time to write things down.

Probably not a good trip for beginners: there were some currents.  But we
did have one new diver, and he had a great time.  The Nigali Passage (drift
through an opening in the reef, with a stop at the "bleachers" to
watch schools of sharks, mackeral, barracuda, jacks, and giant groupers)
was definitely a highlight of the trip.  

Cabins on board are amazingly spacious, with huge (for boats) showers.  The
crew was Fijian, and always smiling and ready to help.  The divemasters
were all good, and the cruise leaders (married couple Josh and Liz) are
expert underwater videographers and fish experts.  Viewing their videos
(which were usually playing) were a highlight of the trip, and the trip
video was great.  Village visit was excellent, as was the onboard Kava

Food was absolutely remarkable: they had a chef and two assistants. They
can accommodate almost any diet.  

The Nai'a is surely among the world's top dive boats, and often carries
such luminaries as Stan Waterman, Gerald Allen, and Paul Humann.
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