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

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Gene Huff, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5117
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Fiji, Christmas Island, Indonesia, Socorros, Hawaii, numerous
Caribbean, California, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco.  Other than that once the DMs saw that you knew what you were
doing they let you do your own dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Dedicated tub on boat.  No dedicated area on shore so camera work was done
in the room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
As reported, Ra Divers is the dive operation for Wananavu.  Kai Viti
(Crystal Divers) went out of business the week we were there in May.  We
had booked with Kai Viti and were skeptical of Ra, but they did a good job
for our group of 10.

Wananavu is a beautiful resort with three levels of accomodations.  Our
group stayed in ocean view bures and they seemed to be the best value.  The
bures are lovely, well-kept and spacious with a small table and chairs,
large bathroom and mini frig.  The deck also had a small table and two
chairs.  There was enough room for 10 to easily gather for cocktails before
dinner.  The dining area has both indoor and outdoor seating, with small
tables that they moved to accomodate groups.  Breakfast was continental
buffet with the option to order hot food off the menu.  Lunch and dinner
were off a changing menu except for a couple of nights served buffet style.
 All the meals were above average with some dishes being oustanding.  A
local band sang and performed nightly.  There is a small bar and beers were
around $5 and wine $25 and up.  A mixed drink special is offered every
night.  The resort has a very nice pool, swimming beach, kayaks, tennis
court and spa.  Ben and Rachel, the managers, and all the staff were very
nice and quickly learned everyone's names and tastes.

There were a mix of divers and non-divers at the resort.  Wananavu bills
itself as a resort catering to vacationers looking to get away from it all
in style and it certainly delivered in that regard.  It is not a hard-core
divers resort though so it would be great for those traveling with
non-divers or casual divers.  They offer lots of activities with at least
one excursion every day.  Evaloni, the man in charge of the activity
center, can clue you in on all there is too do.  When we were there they
had a trip to the local pearl oyster farm where people snapped up raw
pearls and jewelry at bargain prices.

Ra divers was getting a new boat the week we left, so those going now will
get a luxury we didn't have.  The boats we used were OK, but looking well
past their prime.  Our captain and DM Bob and guides Jimmy, Nitesh and Solo
all did a great job, managing the group in currents and letting us do our
own thing on bommie dives.  There was a mix of skill levels in our group
and they managed to keep everyone happy and safe, with only one
"eventful" dive when the currents were ripping a lot faster than
anyone expected.

The dives out in the pass were outstanding, with great visibility, lots of
colorful soft corals, sharks and other big current critters, and large
schools fish, much like Somosomo.  We only got out about half the time
though due to wind chop.  Inside the visibility was not so good when we
were there and a lot of the color was lost.  I'd compare it to Beqa. Still
some nice dives, but not quite the visibility we had hoped for.  The corals
are in great shape though and no one got bored on any dive.

Shore diving is available at no charge, and several times either Ra or the
resort motored us out a ways and let us do a one-way back in.  The reef
near the resort is somewhat silted so visiblity was poor, 10 feet or so at
the very worst and mostly 20 to 30.  It does offer lots of small stuff
though and I did seven shore dives the week we were there, including three
night shore dives.  I'd strongly recommend a night shore dive as we spotted
lots of lobsters, rays, crabs, a seasnake, and an assortment of juvenile
fishes including about a dozen many-spotted sweetlips.

If you are looking for a beautiful, classy Fijian resort to use as a base
for diving the Bligh waters, Wananavu would be hard to beat, especially if
you have non-divers or folks interested in a mix of diving and other
activites.  It may not be the best value for the eat-sleep-dive crowd.  I'd
go back over Beqa but probably not over Taveuni. 
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