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

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Cohen , PA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5611
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Indonesia, Galapagos, Northern and Central Calif.and California
Channel Islands, Washington, Belize, Bahamas, Cozumel, Hawaii, Honduras,
Florida, BVI, Brit.Columbia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 minute max.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
The camera room includes plenty of outlets for both 110 and 220, compressed
air, and storage for gear and camera cases. Crew handled cameras with care
moving them from the camera room, to the dive skiffs, and back to the
dedicated rinse tanks. When seas got rough in the middle of the night, the
crew secured everyone's camera gear. A first class set up and a first class
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
     Our June 26 departure is the first Nai'a cruise post-explosion
refitting. The new cabin interiors are clean, comfortable and inviting. The
mattresses are great. The AC, WC, shower, lamps, etc. are first class and
in perfect working order. This20 year old boat feels new and shows the
obvious affection the captain and crew have for her. 
     We were less fortunate with the compressor. Despite heroic efforts by
the crew - they stayed up until 2:30 a.m. more than once to service the
compressor and empty, clean, and refill every tank - the Nitrox was never
above 29 percent and several times the air smelled and tasted foul. The
crew and directors Brigitte and Sam were dismayed and helped everyone to
cope with their good humor. No one experienced any ill-effects and I would
sail with Nai'a again in an instant. The boat never felt crowded. The crew
was always ready to help. Several were rarely without a guitar or singing
harmony and we always felt welcome to sit and listen, or to join in. No
exaggeration, Sam and Brigitte are two of the best cruise directors
Catherine and I have sailed with. Sam's post-second breakfast videos were
beautifully shot and helped us to recognize the creature habitats and
behaviors each day. Dive guide Mo was unobtrusive, but always ready to
point out the little creatures -- Pygmy seahorse, anyone?  
     The diving was spectacular. Healthy soft and hard corals. Healthy
small and large fish population. Plenty of small critters. Octopus. Eels. A
photographer's delight -- the only question is whether to dive with your
macro or your wide angle lens. And oh, did I mention the ultimate wide
angle shot,the whale shark that just showed up one morning? The first Nai'a
had seen in Bligh Waters in about 15 years. There was so much life that it
was the only dive for which a macro was an unfortunate choice -- otherwise,
either lens always produced memorable images.
     Five dives a day are often available, but most guests did four
settling in after the dusk dive for dinner and complimentary wine. 
     We visited a small, isolated village that was once a leper colony. A
very different experience from villages in Indonesia and PNG and just as
welcoming as the each morning's first dive on a new reef.
    It is a testament to the crew that despite the compressor and Nitrox
issues, no one -- not a soul -- complained or turned sour. Nai'a deserves
her reputation as a boat that treats guests like friends and that respects
the mosaic of diving skills, down time interests, and personalities of
those who sail and dive with her.        
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