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Dive Review of NAI'A in
Fiji and Tuvalu

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Henry Schwarzberg, AL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3951
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
All over the world
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

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
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
This is a photographer oriented boat.
BELOW IS A SUPPLEMENTAL set of answers in response to Rob Barrel's
questions about the original report.
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    
1.	Sonia was not dedicated to a firm predictable schedule, allowing herself
to be lax about the matter leading to many dives that got off late and then
ended late. The PR issue was introduced by a fellow diver with 8 prior
trips on the boat and I believed provided insight on the promotion of the
2.	The lamb was actually quite good (I am a lamb lover) and barely
undercooked. The croissant was ordinary. Other meals  I did not maintain a
diary  were OK and non-descript and, again, we shared our lack of
enthusiasm for some with that same frequent NAIA diver who maintained, and
I quote: The food is going downhill. The meat meals were, generally very
good. At breakfast there was just a little plate of fruit for each table.
There was a disappointing absence of a variety of good fish meals
3.	I dont see where the amidships dive deck is a particularly comfortable
place to lounge. There is nothing comfortable upon which to lie and enjoy
the sun without burning. The upper deck is the most natural place to enjoy
the air, sun and views. We had never been on a boat that didnt have either
an awning or permanent overhang under which to retreat from the sun while
still being able to be outside and enjoy the view and sun.
4.	The saloon is indeed uncomfortable for any purpose other than eating or
computer editing.
5.	Center stair case warnings heard and heeded. Nevertheless it made going
to and from the stateroom more uncomfortable than it needed to be  more so
than on any other boat we had been on.
6.	With the scheduling the way it was night dives were offered but not
desirable. If the afternoon dives had been more regimented as to time out
and back, and dinner had been a little earlier, the night dives would have
been more desirable and perhaps better attended.
7.	Liquor is simple planning, and variety was obviously not planned for. On
a top of the line boat one takes for granted that if the personal liquor
supply runs out  which it did  there would be full purchase options
available  which there werent.
8.	While interested parties may have expressed the desire for no changes,
we all heard about at least one of those parties being unacceptable to the
majority of the crew. The crew of Fijians on the boat make this operation
as good as it is. Add about the most beautiful reefs in the world and it is
almost a no-brainer. However, throw in a mistress of ceremonies who may not
quite be up to the task, the perspectives of other frequent diver guests
(NAIA priors) and the other issues I raised and one experiences failures
to meet expectations. Steve, the former Brit Navy guy is probably better
suited to manage the day to day affairs and more knowledgeable about
everything than the current emcee. In my opinion he would be more
predictably trustworthy at crunch time  he would engender confidence under
stress. He also has a better sense of humor.
After all the great dive trips we have had we were just a little bit
disappointed about the NAIA when you add up a lot of little things.
Attention to detail, in my view, is the key, coupled with a cruise director
who has great communication and problem solving skills, and is eager to
please as opposed to intent on avoiding anything avoidable. These were
elements lacking on our NAIA voyage. Sonias typical response to any
request was a no. The rest of the crew were eager to please.
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