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

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Barada, CA, US
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Report Number 5416
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Bora Bora, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Belize, Cozumel, California, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We have been to Marlin Bay resort on Beqa and did a liveaboard that dove
the Bligh Waters, but this resort combined the best of both worlds.  It is
an extremely comfortable resort with good accommodations, excellent food,
and you can dive the Bligh Waters -- weather permitting.

The resort is outstanding.  Beautiful view of the ocean and offshore
islands, very large, comfortable rooms, great meals with fresh curry, fish,
pasta, and vegetables every meal.  Very friendly and accommodating staff
that knew your name after the first day.  

We had a 10 night all inclusive package with 8 days of 2 tank dives. 
Unfortunately the near miss of Cyclone Tomas caused us to miss the first 2
days of diving.  Ra Divers made up the difference, scheduling 3 tank dives
as soon as the weather permitted.  We actually went over our allotment of
dives with no extra charges.

Ra Dives has two boats, a smaller faster boat that holds 12 divers and a
larger boat that holds 22 or so.  We had the smaller boat.  A wet ride, but
who cares.  A good ladder between the engines, with help to board.  No
worries!  We spend the last couple days on the larger boat and it is more
comfortable, but hard to use sometimes dangerous ladders.  Ra Divers has a
3rd boat scheduled for delivery in April

The visibility was down because of the storm, but it was still spectacular.
 When the weather dictated dives inside the reef, it was very good coral
life, lots of big and small fish, and sharks on almost every dive.  But
when we could get outside the passage to the Bligh Waters, it was
outstanding!  Huge bommies with hard and soft corals, huge schools of fish,
sharks and turtles, scorpionfish, clownfish, eels, nudis, etc.
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