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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Water, Namena Reserve

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Kirsten Carlson, WA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3959
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji; Kona, Hawai'i; Carmel-Monterey, California; Ross Island, Antarctica;
Inside Passage, Southeast Alaska; Cornwallis Island, Canadian Arctic
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
To dive safe and respect the reef environment.  
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
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Nai'a is designed for the underwater photographer, videographer. The
divemasters seek out small things for the macro. The shipboard facilities
are great for taking care of everything relating to between-dive camera
preparation and maintenance.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Nai'a is the ideal platform from which to connect with Fiji's underwater
world. Not only because the flora and fauna are fantastic, but the actual
liveaboard experience--the crew and the boat herself--puts the 'icing on
the cake'.

The start of our trip was punctuated by stormy, windy weather, and because
of the flexibility of the Nai'a crew, we were able to shift our schedule so
that we visited sheltered dive sites first.

Their motto, "enter as a guest and leave as a friend" rang so
true for me, it inspired me start planning another trip while still aboard.

The freedom and responsibility they bestow upon every diver is rare in a
world where rules and regulations seem to be the norm. 

I am both mesmerized and overwhelmed by the diversity of hard corals, soft
corals, fishes, nudibranchs, and crabs I see on each and every dive. Even
the tunicates and sponges are over the top. So much so, that in my
professional life as an artist, I am creating artwork to connect people to
Fiji's amazing underwater world.

Every dive was so easy! It was preceded by a briefing and map of the site.
Getting to and from divesites was super convenient--aboard agile and speedy
inflatables. And always a smile and helping hand when donning dive gear and
cameras. I was spoiled by the third dive.

The daily cycle of dive a fantastic site-eat great
food-dive-eat-dive-eat-dive-eat-sleep was augmented by song playing,
conversation, napping, a visit to a local village, and personalized
informational presentations about Fijian marine life by Sonia, our hostess.

I went on every single dive, and every single dive connected me to
something new and wonderous. 

I highly recommend Nai'a to people who want a personal connection to both
the underwater world of Fiji and to a warm-hearted boat and crew. 
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