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Dive Review of Ra Divers/Wananavu Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Kathy G., AZ, usa
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5031
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Costa Rica, Channel Islands,CA., Komodo, North Sulawesi, Sipadan,
Puerta Vallarta, Roatan, Grenada, Thailand, Phillipines, Belize, Papua New
Guinea, Australia,Cocos Island, Galapagos, San Carlos,Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 175    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Various depth/time limits   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Let me start by saying that this was one of my favorite trips! The first
time I took a giant stride into the Bligh waters I was amazed at the
scenery that spread out before me! Awesome viz, lots and lots of colorful
fish and a  gorgeous reef!  My favorite dive out in the Vatu-I-Ra passage
was Mellow Yellow! The 2 boats were large and did a great job of
accommodating the many divers that were at Wananavu. The crew was excellent
and a lot of fun! Captain Bob was one of the BEST captains and all of the
crew on both of their boats took excellent care of you!  The only problem
we encountered was that we wanted to go out to the Bligh waters the first
day , but were told we had to do a check out dive the first day inside.
Both of these dives were good but the viz (that day only ) was not as great
as in the Vatu-I-Ra passage but we still saw a lot of stuff. As the week
went on others were not subjected to the check out dive routine but
immediately went out to the passage??? I think this was because of the
large number of divers going out and the dive operation (Ka Viti)being
closed at Wananavu. After the first day, things were  more organized and we
went out to the passage most of the days that we were there. The trips all
went well and everyone was happy! I have great faith that it will get even
better once their facility is finished that they are building right on
Wananavu's property. It was cold out there with my computer registering 72
degrees on some dives! I wore a 5ml with a 3/5 vest!
The last day we stayed inside and did one of our best dives called
Breathtaker on which we saw everything from huge grouper and grey reef
sharks to 3 types of hawk fish!( and don't forget that colorful reef and a
variety of beautiful fish!!!) We did some shore dives as well. The viz went
from 3 feet on some days to 25 feet on others. Although the viz was not
great we did see a variety of nudis, juv.sweet lips, pipe fish, clams etc.
We ended up shore diving most days and the crew from RA divers was great
about leaving our tanks for us on the dock. I would say our diving
experience overall was EXCELLENT!!!
Now to the resort! I LOVED THIS PLACE and we will go back there FOR SURE!
The managers Ben and Rachel were excellent and attended to any problems
immediately! The staff was amazing from the front desk with people such as
Meli ,the wait staff ( Ma, etc.), the guys who cooked our food one night in
the pit, security, housekeeping to
the crew who raked the beach each and every day!( It was so clean and
pretty..) They were so friendly and they knew your names almost right off
the bat! We stayed in a beach front bungalow ( our little slice of Heaven).
We knew it was time to get up when our curtains turned pink and orange from
the amazing sunrises that we could enjoy from our king sized bed! Our bure
was huge and lovely! The bathroom was great with a nice hot shower that
looked into a garden! WE LOVED OUR ROOM and spent a lot of time after
diving out on our comfy chairs on the beach! SO RELAXING! Part of our
package was a romantic dinner on our bure patio and this was delightful!!!
Loved it! We also had massages that I would tell you to NOT MISS when you
go there!FABULOUS! A plethora of services at the spa are available!!! Carve
out some time for these when you are there!( I had 2 wonderful massages!!!!
The singers were great at lunch and dinner, the food was FANTASTIC (the
best was mongolian night!!!!) . Breakfast ,lunch and dinner were all
wonderful. I did not have a meal that I did not like!
I would get the meal plan for sure! They also host beach side talks with
Evoluni who is a wealth of knowledge about the area and the RA people!  I
hope I am not leaving anything out and I can not say enough about how
WONDERFUL our whole experience was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was, in a nutshell, WANANAVU!!!!!!!( that means wonderful in Fijian)
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