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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Fiji and Tuvalu

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Leanne, London, United Kingdom (1 report)
Report Number 3958
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Lots of places
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I was surprised to see a second trip report from the same author on
Undercurrent regarding the Naia trip of 23 February.  I then realised it
was in fact their open response to a private email from Rob Barrel (the
boats owner) responding to their first report.  I would have thought it
more appropriate to answer such an email privately, particularly as we were
not party to Rob Barrels questions nor to his possible explanations.  An
email of constructive suggestions might have been more useful than a second
public report that largely hammers home overly-critical points from the

Personally, I found nothing wrong with the comfort of the saloon nor with
the alleged precariousness of the stairs; I have seen much worse on other
liveaboards.  For an old boat, I thought it was aesthetically pleasing,
comfortable, perfectly well-equipped and very spacious.  The point about
the shaded sundeck was probably valid but was sorted out by the crew as
soon as the issue was raised; just as the crew consistently strived at all
times to comply with our individual requests and to ensure we had an
enjoyable and comfortable trip.

As to the political issues raised, I certainly never had any impression of
unrest among the crew.  Whatever their current employment situation, they
presented a united and friendly front  as is appropriate  to the guests. 
I do not believe guests should become involved with boat/crew politics and
even return passengers may not properly understand the dynamics.  In any
event, these are private matters that should not result in hearsay and
gossip among guests, and certainly should not be aired on a diving forum as
gospel truth.

No liveaboard is going to be perfect but my experience of the Naia was
that the positives far outweigh any petty negatives.  I have been on many
liveaboards all over the world, and I would highly recommend Naia and
would absolutely do it again.  I am also happy to answer any questions
about my experience of our trip.
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