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

NAI'A, Nov, 2005,

by Gerald Meral, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2182.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Carribean, red sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 150 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 Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 party.

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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