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Dive Review of Nai'a Fiji in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Waters

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by William J Downey, PA, US
Top Contributor   (39 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6463
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands,
Cocos, Galapagos, Fiji, Socorro, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving. 70 minutes max day, 60 minutes night.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 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  
Comments
Large camera room in bow. Two large camera rinse tanks on main boat, none
on skiffs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
After spending our first week in Fiji at Waidroka Bay Resort, we headed
back to Nadi for a surprisingly tasty lunch at the Tanoa International
Hotel, then were transported by a large, comfortable bus to the Naia
dockage.  After boarding the boat, we were immediately assigned cabins and
proceeded to set up our dive gear.
The Naia has eight roomy cabins below the main deck with a queen bed, two
single beds, or bunk beds where the lower berth sleeper can actually sit up
without bumping his head. Our room also had a cupboard, half with hangars
and half with two shelves. There was storage in the bottom of both halves
for smaller items like backpacks. Some rooms could handle large suitcase
storage under the bedsour suitcases went up to the camera room. A sink
with ample counter space and drawers below was in the main part of the
cabin; the bathroom had a nice sized shower and separate flush toilet.
There was plenty of hot water. Sheets were changed every three days unless
you said to forget it, and towels, changed often, were dried each day.
Once we did the initial gear set up at our tank stations near the bow, the
tanks were moved by the crew to the back dive deck, where they spent the
week, leaving us with plenty of room for gearing up. Wetsuits were hung out
of the way and the rest of our gear went under our seats. There were two
fresh water rinse tanks for cameras only. Assigned deck towels were thrown
in the dryer between every dive. Wetsuits were sanitized once during the
week in the camera rinse tanks when that water was changed, and at the end
of the trip. You could also rinse gear under the two deck showers. The
camera room was closest to the bow and could handle several large camera
rigs and had more 110 and 220 outlets than anyone could need. 
Every dive was done from one of two skiffs with rigid bottoms and
inflatable upper halves. We either kicked and pulled ourselves up and over,
after handing up BCs and weights, or used the ladder. By the end of the
week, most of us were pretty proficient at getting into the skiff without
help from the capable crew. Our first dive at Samu Reef was the check-out
dive, to let everyone figure out how much weight they needed. They dont
consider it to be a great dive, but the octopus made it for me. Then we
motored all night, with the 6:00am dropping of the anchor being our wake-up
call. We motored most nights, and if the boat arrived early, the captain
would considerately circle or drift so the anchor wasnt dropped before
6:00am. 
Also on the main level were the dining room and galley. The 6:00am
pre-breakfast was toast, cereal, coffee, and juice. After the 8:30 dive a
full breakfast could be ordered.  Lunch followed the 10:30 dive with a
choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian entrees. A snack followed the 2:30
dive, and the 7:00pm dinner, after the fourth dive at 5:30pm, consisted of
salad or soup, a choice of entrée, and dessert. Beer and wine were
available at dinner at no extra charge. Lunch and dinner choices were
picked at breakfast, purchased cookies, cocoa, coffee, tea, and fruit were
always available, although bananas ran out after the first few days. We
were offered three or four night dives at 8:30pm; they were OKmostly small
crabs and shrimp, with an occasional eel and once a sleeping turtle.
In general, the soft coral was beautiful and the hard coral
healthy-looking. I saw groupers, schooling jacks, barracuda, thousands of
anthias, and lots of other fish. We also ran into quite a few sharks. One
of my favorite dives was Nigali Passagewe floated with the current where
the grey reef and white-tip sharks commune. A huge great hammerhead got
close and personal, coming around a second time looking agitated, thrashing
back and forth. Everyone drifted to the balcony, a protected
out-cropping, where we watched the parade of sharks circle by, enjoying the
current. Right behind us a four foot grouper hung out. Once the bottom time
for my Nitrox fill ran out, my buddy and I left the balcony and drifted
past the giant cabbage coral patch and over a sandy patch loaded with
dozens of titan trigger fish; when theyre nesting its like going through
a mine field. 
Another favorite site was MoGo, consisting of two big bommies, strong
current, sharks, and gorgeous soft corals. While doing my safety stop, I
tried to kick across the top of a bommie, but eventually just could not
kick hard enough and whooshed back, enjoying the ride.
Although there was always at least one guide in the water from each boat,
we were not required to follow them, but we were required to have a safety
sausage. Nitrox was extra. Dive limits were 70 minutes during the day and
60 minutes on a night dive. The skiff crew was quick to find divers as we
surfaced.
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