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

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Victor A Bary, NJ, US
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Report Number 5940
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, Borneo, Cayman Brac, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Little
Cayman, North Sulawesi, St Lucia, Turls & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max recommended depth and time (60 minutes) given at beginning of each
dive, and were recorded at the end of the dive.  Divers with computers were
free to dive their own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boats had separate camera rinse tanks.  Dive masters looked for macro
subjects when we showed great interest in them
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Wananavu resort sits in the northwest corner of Viti Levu, and is the
closest resort to the Bligh Waters.  Our beach front bure was a bit smaller
than some weve had in Fiji, but well laid out.  The king size bed had good
reading lights and the room featured two ceiling fans and air conditioning
(although we chose to turn it off).  The two sink bath ran the full length
of the bure and featured a large glass walled (with privacy screen) shower.
 Bures have a partially covered front patio with table and chairs, and foot
bath.  Mosquito repellent is recommended.

The main building, at the crest of the well manicured property, had a large
inside and outside dining area.  We chose Wananavu, in part, because food
service was overseen by Beato, who was head chef during our 2005 visit to
Lalati.  Meals were good and varied and the wait staff was very friendly,
quickly learning everyones name and personality, as we did theirs.  We
found ourselves looking forward to Vulos hearty greetings and Mas
birdlike laugh. The 3 PM Fiji culture presentations by Evaluni should not
be missed.

Diving services are provided by Ra Divers, which maintains a building at
the resort beach.  Equipment was new and well-maintained, and rinsed and
dried for you by Vinie at the end of every days dives.  Ras two 35
aluminum Robinsons were spacious, provided good overhead cover, and had
oxygen, first aid kit, GPS and cell phone communication.  Each dive was
preceded by a thorough briefing and diagram of the dive site, and dive
masters Bulo, Joe, and Bob went out of their way to find macro subjects for

The Bligh waters, where most of the diving was conducted, were alive with
soft corals and gorgonians of every color.  The bommies held clouds of
small fish, and we saw gray reef and white tip sharks about every other
dive.  We also saw a number of goby/blind shrimp pairs.  While we have
dived Fiji 3 times before (as well as Sipidan and Sulawesi), this trip
introduced us to a number of nudibranchs of the facelindae and eubranchidae
families which weve never seen before.
On a dive at Breath Taker we lay on the reef at 50 for 15 minutes
watching sharks, schools of barracuda, jacks and snappers patrol the
drop-off looking for prey.

The prices for dives and equipment rental seemed reasonable, until you
realized they were quoted in Fiji dollars (57 cents US), and then they were
very reasonable.  The same was true for drinks at the resort ($6 Fiji for
local beer, $8 Fiji for premium European beers).
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