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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Fiji and Tuvalu

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Harlan Cohen, NY, usa
Report Number 834
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Solomons, GBR, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Bonare, Palau, Truk, Pohnpei,
PNG, Cozumel 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, other than a 45 minute time limit on night dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 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 set up for photographers is excellent.  A separate room on deck with
plenty of space for cases, and plenty of room for cameras and othe gear.   
The Nai'a has the best set-up for photographers I have come across.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Nai'a is a great boat.  The crew is friendly and extremely competent. 
Everyone on board clearly loves what they are doing.

The Fijian reefs (at least the ones Nai'a visits) are in amazingly good
shape.  There was little or no evidence of bleaching at the vast majority
of sites we stopped at.  The soft coral is exceptional.  While the reefs do
not have the sheer number of fish you can see at some dropoffs in Palau,
Fiji compares favorably to anywhere else I've been.

The soft corals and abundant fish life are a paradise for photographers,
and the dive guides know where all the interesting little creatures live. 
We saw quite a few sharks, including several hammerhead sightings (I saw
one at 110 feet).  There were also occasional manta and other ray
encounters.  There were not as many turtles as in the past, but I'd say I
saw at least one a day.

The captain was responsive to requests from the guests to remain at
particular dive sites for additional dives.

Nitrox is available, and I'd guess about half the divers were using it.  

The set up for photographers is excellent.  A separate room on deck with
plenty of space for cases, and plenty of room for cameras and othe gear. 
The Nai'a has the best set-up for photographers I have come across.

On a more prosaic note, the rooms are attractive, and the food is
excellent.  There is an opportunity to visit a local village during the
trip.  I did not go along, but those who went said it was fun.
I honestly can not think of a negative thing to say about the diving or the
boat.  I've taken several trips on the Nai'a over a period of seven or
eight years, and my experience has been consistently excellent.  Mr. Barrel
runs a classy operation with excellent diving.    I highly recommend the
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