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Dive Review of Qamea in
Fiji and Tuvalu

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Christina & Alex, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4091
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Beqa Lagoon Fiji, Wakatobi Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface with 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No fresh water rinse tank on dive boat.  No area on dive boat to prep
camera. No special area on shore for camera prep other than your bure. 
Some of the dive guides love to lead UW photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is essentially a lovely four-star resort (by USA standards) in the
north-east part of Fiji, though it's officially designated as a five-star
property in Fiji. A friendly driver meets your plane at the Taveuni airport
and escorts you and your luggage to the boat dock for the quick trip to
Qamea island.  After a nice orientation tour and refreshment you are shown
to your bure.  We stayed in the 'Honeymoon Bure' and it was well worth the
extra money for the upgraded facilities and most of all the privacy (which
is not available in most of the standard beachfront bures). During our stay
we visited the Premium Villa and it's spectacular and we highly recommend
it for it's size and near complete privacy away from majority of the
resort. The staff at Qamea are extremely warm, kind, and amazingly remember
your name from the first introduction.  The food was delicious and the
kitchen accommodated our dietary allergies (but needed to be reminded
before each meal). Internet access is available (per minute charges apply)
at a communal computer room (internet access is slow but fine for a quick
email home). The dive manager and entire dive staff are wonderful and
knowledgeable. The diving is full service with all gear set up, rinse, and
storage.  The dive shop facility is adequate with a rinse tank and cool
water shower (but no restroom facility as all the bures are close-by). 
There is no dive shop sales so make sure to bring everything you need from
home (ie extra batteries, defogger), but equipment rentals are available
should you need.  The dive boat has a covered area with more room than is
needed for the quantity of divers.  Over 5 days of diving, there was 1 dive
for which we had 8 divers, split into 2 groups of 4 with a guide each. On 3
dives, there was just the two of us with a dive guide.  The diving has a
good variety of: hard coral, beautiful brightly colored soft coral,
pinnacles, walls, and pretty tropical fish.  This is not a destination for
pelagics though there were many white-tip reef sharks and barracuda;  we
have heard that at times there are mantas although we did not see any on
this trip. We chose not to take the optional full day trip to the Somosomo
Straits, as we will be visiting the Somosomo area next year.  As in many
land-based diving facilities in Fiji, there was no Nitrox available.  Dive
times are based upon your air consumption (with none longer than
approximately 75 minutes). The surface interval for the morning 2 tank
dive, is done back on shore at the resort, as all the dive sites are very
close-by. Surface intervals  were extremely casually paced and often 75
minutes in length.  Private afternoon or night diving is available upon
request (for an additional fee).  Overall impression: if you want to get
away to dive and relax this is an excellent location where the staff will
take good care of you.  This is not a dedicated dive resort, so expect to
encounter many honeymooners, snorkelers, people coming just to relax. For
those i your group who don't dive, there is a daily adventure trip planned
(extra fee) to various interesting locations (waterfalls, pearl farm, local
village, jungle hikes, etc).   Happy diving!
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