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Dive Review of NAI'A in
Fiji and Tuvalu

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Henry Schwarzberg, AL, USA
Report Number 3895
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Manado, Red Sea, Thailand, Maldives, Caymans, Bahamas, Saba, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The entire operation does cater to photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Good news:
1. The stateroom was above par with the best bathroom facility ever
experienced. Flushing of toilet was like at home not a marine head.
2. Pick up and drop off were superior with a hired bus for all divers.
3. The Fijian crew was helpful and pretty awesome over all.
4. The reefs were the healthiest we have ever seen and the variety and
profuseness of fish life exhilarating. 
5. Kava parties and interaction with Fijian crew a big plus.
6.  Nigali passage Shark dives without feeding were awesome.
Bad news:
1. This may be the most overrated boat operation of all. The scheduling was
not predictable and overall management of affairs by the mistress of
ceremonies left a bit to be desired. Apparantly the owner's spouse has a
background in advertizing and uses those skills to the PR benefit of the
operation. Boat is aging and needs a lot of work.
2. Food was spotty. Some meals excellent, some rather poor. Not what you
expect from a premium priced boat.
3. There was no shade on the sun deck. The crew fashioned a few sheets into
a small awning but the absence of sun cover made no sense. 
4. The salon worked for dining but was extremely uncomfortable for anything
else. Again, not up to expectations for a premium priced boat.
5. Center staircase accessing the staterooms and the salon a fairly
treacherous affair, a clear design flaw.
6. Management of schedule not really conducive to night diving.
7. Available liquors did not even include Vodka or Scotch. Wine served  was
fairly poor, not up to premium priced expectations.
8. Current information suggests NAI'A is in the process of being sold and
potential buyers are unlikely to retain the wonderful Fijian crew, they are
all ready to leave.
CONCLUSION: Fiji is a magical place to dive. The NAI'A, in my opinion, was
needlessly overpriced for the purpose.
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