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Dive Review of Papageno Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu, Fiji

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tracy Johnson, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5116
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Isla de Coiba,Panama,Easter Island,Bonaire,Cozumel,Turks&Caicos,San
Salvador,Bahamas,Martinique,St. Lucia,Curacao,Aruba,Florida Keys,Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 130    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group dives lead by dive master sent you up as air ran out.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Small freshwater tank on boat looked like river water and that was the only
safe place for cameras.  Plenty of outlets in rooms for chargers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
You can buy booze at Nadi duty free and carry it on to the inter-island
flight.  Papageno Resort,Kadavu is a 30 minute flight from Nadi and then a
30 minute boat ride to the resort. This place is remote but does have good
wifi and phone service. This report is being uploaded on our last day. They
do a good job of provisioning such a remote resort and the staff is very
helpful. They give minimal or no dive briefing. We had 24 mostly
experienced divers and almost overwhelmed the resort.  They don't have dive
boats with tank racks but somehow they got us to the dive sites and no one
got hit by a loose tank. Only 3 lb weights were available. We changed out
our own equipment. Best dive was at the volcano where we saw a hammerhead.
Not many large fish but saw many interesting carpet anemones and clown
fish. The wreck dive in 110 Ft is worth doing but don't expect to see many
fish. I wouldn't go here for large animals but the corals were interesting.
Do the waterfall trip but be advised that when they say rigorous, it really
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