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Dive Review of Qamea Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Qamea

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6547
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; Philippines, GRB,PNG, Galagagos, Solomons, Vanuatu,
Fiji, Indondesia, Palau, Yap, Truk, Kosrae, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[No deco; 60 minute dives  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
I was a bit disappointed with the photo ops on the Qamea dive sites. The
soft corals were awesome but the I was expecting more encounters with
aquatic critters especially nudibranchs. The dive boat had a rinse tank (an
old cooler) that could handle a couple of cameras. No dockside camera rinse
tanks; used a hose to rinse camera. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was my 4th dive trip to Fiji but first stay at the Qamea Resort and
Spa. Notice that the title of this resort does not reference
"Diving". While it has a dive operation, its primary business is
weddings and honeymoons. While there, 2/3rds of the guests were non-divers.
This is OK except there were some occasions when the best dive boat was
used to for village visits, waterfall hikes and pearl farm tours for the
other guests. On such occasions, divers were put on a dive boat that was
small and cramped. The resort should have done just the reverse.

When available, I almost always use Nitrox. This resort offered Nitrox but
at the ridiculous price of $30 Fiji (about $20 USD) per tank. All the
divers there during my stay dived on air. What's the point of mixing Nitrox
if it is priced too high to sell?

Sam and Erik were great dive guides and really know the local dive sites
with their conditions and currents. We did a 3-tank trip to the Rainbow
Reef area, and Erik timed our dives so that there was virtually no current
while diving the Great White Wall. They also loaded/unloaded and rinsed
your dive gear. Divers need to bring their own towels and drinking water on
1-tank trips.

The resort did employ a dive operations manager who was quite obnoxious,
self-centered and overbearing. I understand that he is now employed at a
Palau dive operation.

The dive conditions during our stay were OK. It rained during the last 3
days of our visit so the viz dropped off quite a bit. It is worth the
additional $$ to do a 3-tank trip to the Rainbow Reef area. Very good
diving there. Also, Mariah's Cove is a great local dive site.

The Qamea Resort has 17 bures. My bure was fairly comfortable with A/C and
a ceiling fan. The rooms have a large bathroom with an outdoor shower. The
lighting in both the bedroom and especially bathroom was a bit dark. The
bure has a large porch veranda looking out over the water. The decking on
the porch was in need of repair.

Dining area and bar were quite pleasant although a bit dark. The food was
very good with a limited selection for lunch and dinner. The desserts were
excellent. My package included beer and wine. The staff was quite friendly
and helpful. Edgar, the relatively new resort manager, is very dedicated to
improving the operation and service. 

The Qamea Resort describes itself as luxury exclusive resort. It is very
nice but, in my opinion, it is overpriced for the dive experience that it
offers. I enjoyed my stay but I probably will not return.




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