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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lori Pottinger, CA, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4116
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Hawaii, Fiji-Taveuni
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits for Nitrox, safety sausages required  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
lots of room in the camera area. professional underwater videographer
aboard. plug ins in salon for computers to download and review. photo show
of clients' pix on last night.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Nai'a was our best diving experience ever. We travelled w/ 4 other
family members from far afield, meeting in Fiji for a week on the Nai'a and
a few days at Beqa Lagoon Resort (see separate entry). We all agreed it was
a fabulous experience: incredible crew, wonderful boat, amazing dive spots,
and very good food. The dive masters were masterful at finding critters,
and ensuring safety. Daily naturalist briefings were icing on the cake. The
underwater world in Fiji is simply miraculous, and the Nai'a took us to
some of the best sites we've seen--consistently. The DMs know this area
better than I do my own bathtub, and their enthusiasm was infectious. DM
Sonia was the star of the show, with her great love of Fiji's sealife and
people, and her lovely personality (sadly. she'll be leaving Fiji for the
Red Sea later this year.) Capt. Johnathon and his entire crew made us feel
like we were in good hands, and frankly, like family. The crew were
gracious, at ease in their duties, and dedicated to providing a
comfortable, safe experience. 

The diving from the Nai'a offered everything from sharks (many) and Giant
Morays to tiny critters in the sand and coral nooks. We saw lots of
scorpionfish, sea snakes, pipe fish, and SWARMS of anthias and other
colorful denizens (on nearly every dive). 

Having a professional videographer aboard almost made our own photography
unnecessary; his (for sale) video of our week on the Nai'a was a superb
souvenir of a great week of diving.

The food was very good--excellent breakfasts (first dive was preceded by a
'pre-breakfast' of toast, cereal, juice and coffee), hearty hot lunches
(including one of the best fish tacos i've had), snacks between dive 2 and
3 (usually freshmade baked goods and popcorn, but sometimes savories like
sashimi or fish-balls--yum!), and a good sized dinner that included choice
of two main courses, soup or salad (their choice), a carb and veg, and
dessert. Soups were espec excellent. 

Our group included two tireless divers who went on every night dive, so
night dives were avail on all but two nights.

An excellent field trip to a village half way through the trip allowed us
to see how local people live, and to bring a few gifts (wind up
flashlights, medical supplies and toothbrushes are recommended by the
Nai'a). We ended up doing the Snake Dance through their community hall
after a few bowls of Kava.

Wish we were still on board!
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