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

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Juli Tracy and Dick Gamble, CA, USA
Report Number 3011
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean - BVI, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman, St. Lucia, Grenada, SVG, Turks
& Caicos...
Pacific - Palau, Yap, Indonesia, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, except common sense  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Separate Camera Room with lots of space for storage, but not much room for
actually working on a camera (lots of shelves, but too high to work on). 
With only half the full complement of divers, we were fine, but with the
boat full, it would be very crowded.  Lots of cockroaches in the camera
room!!
Crew careful with cameras, and crew knowledgeable about camera techniques
and settings.  Liz and Josh (divemasters) showed videos of theirs
(educational, too) each night, and these were excellent. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
GOOD -- Cabins were roomy, diving was beautiful, and easy.  Dove from
dinghies, but there was no time constraint -- they would pick you up
wherever and whenever you surfaced.  Divemasters were very safety conscious
and knowledgeable.  Diving in Fiji is excellent--beautiful hard and soft
corals; although there was some bleaching, it made the corals even
prettier--pastel colors.  Tons of fish.

Crew, native Fijiians and Liz and Josh, were excellent.  Went out of their
way to help and entertained us each night with their singing; we were
always welcome to join in the kava party.

Visit to Fijiian village was also fun -- not too long and we felt welcomed
by the villagers.

Itinerary on 14 day trip (another VERY good point -- if we have to travel
for that long, we want to have a long liveaboard trip).  We started diving
the very first day, then motored overnight (very calm, in the lee of the
big island Viti Levu) to our next destination.  Dove mostly between the two
big islands, where diving is probably the best in Fiji.  Dove the regular
dive schedule even on the last day, then motored back to port during the
night, in time to disembark Saturday morning.  So got good diving, easy
travelling, and a full 13 1/2 days diving.

BAD -- cockroaches upstairs, food.
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