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Dive Review of Reef Safari/Wananavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Waters

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6549
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; Philippines, GRB,PNG, Galagagos, Solomons, Vanuatu,
Fiji, Indondesia, Palau, Yap, Truk, Kosrae, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco; 60 minutes  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
The highlight for photos is the awesome soft corals especially at the dive
sites off of Vatu I Ra Reef. Some macro subjects -- nudis (mostly
Chromodoris lochi, Flabellina, Sea Dragons, and Phyllidia); some commensal
shrimp. The dive boat had an adequate camera rinse; no camera table. No
dockside camera rinse.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my first visit to Wananavu. It is located on the north end of Vitu
Levu; it is a solid 2 hour van ride from Nadi airport. It is on a beautiful
setting on a ridge overlooking the water. I had a beach front bure that was
quite spacious with a large bath and a deck looking onto the beach. The
electrical outlets in the room  had limited accessibility since their
configuration did not allow space for a power converter. I did a lot of
plugging and unplugging. No big deal. The room was a short walk to both the
dive shop and the restaurant/bar.

The food at the restaurant was very good with a wide selection and daily
specials. Great desserts. Kava was offered at dinner. A decent selection of
wine and beer (not included in package) was available at reasonable prices
for Fiji. Most meals were tasty and plentiful with the exception of the
"Scottish Steak" that was more like a Scotsman's rump -- very
tough and inedible. Stick with the seafood, pork and chicken.

Moderately priced WiFi is available.

The resort offers plenty of non-diving activities. I recommend the trip to
the Narara village and waterfall.

The entire Wananavu staff was very warm, friendly and helpful. I can still
hear Ma's joyous, boisterous laugh now.

The dive operation is through Reef Safari Divers and is located on the
premises. This is a well managed operation with experienced local dive
guides. It offers 2-tank AM trips and 1-tank PM trips; 3-tank all day trips
can be arranged with a day's notice.

The dive boat can comfortably handle 10 divers and crew; with more divers,
it gets very crowded quickly. We had a couple of days with 15+ divers and
crew; too many. The operation could use another dive boat.

The best diving is out at Vatu I Ra Reef in the Bligh Waters. E6, Mount
Mutiny, Mellow Yellow and Garden of Eden are awesome dive sites. These are
the best dive sites if sea conditions allow access; it can get very choppy.
These sites are covered with beautiful soft corals.

Most of the dive sites nearer the resort are OK. Others are marginal with
lots of rubble and low viz (Breath Taker and Dragon Tales).

Water and towels are provided on board; there is plenty of dry storage.

Regarding marine life, we had encounters with potato grouper, blueribbon
eels, blue crown jellyfish, anemonefish, lots of shrimp gobies, a few
whitetip sharks, nudis, schooling barracuda, reef fish.

The Reef Safari crew was very friendly and helpful. They were good dive
guides; loaded/unloaded and rinsed gear.

When my dive travels return me to Fiji I will definitely consider another
visit to Wananavu.




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