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Dive Review of Reef Safari/Wananavu Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Wananavu

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by John Bayless, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6381
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Pohnpei, GBR, Bali, Rangiroa, Fiji, Caribbean, Bahamas, California 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Start up at 500 psi.  
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
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
The boat facilities include an area to store equipment and a large tub of
fresh water.  The operators are good about handing camera gear to you once
you are in the water.  The shore facilities a good with a large,
well-lighted bench to work on and some tools.  Reef Safari took delivery of
their new boat on the day that we left.  From what we heard this will
provide better facilities for UWP.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We recently returned from a week of diving in early November at the
Wananavu Beach Resort on the north coast of Viti Levu in Fiji.  We chose
Wananavu in November based on recommendations by Mike Arellano at Scuba
Travel Ventures who has an uncanny ability to lead us to just what we want
at the best time of year for diving.  

The resort is an interesting two and a half hour ride by resort van from
Nadi airport and is located far from any significant towns.  It consists of
34 very nice bures built on the side of a hill looking out on the
surrounding islands. The grounds are lush with many palm trees and there is
a nice tidal beach.  The staff of the resort is very friendly, helpful, and
knowledgeable.  

The Reef Safari dive operation is expertly managed by Jeremy and Kristen
David.  A couple we were traveling with completed their open water
certification at the resort with Kristen as the instructor; I have never
seen a more thorough and attentive instructor.  In general, the dive staff
was quite friendly and capable, and the DMs were very good at pointing out
many of the critters that we might have otherwise missed.  Also, they take
care of everyones gear from the time you arrive until you leave.  

The diving is some of the best weve encountered in Fiji with wonderful
densely packed soft/hard coral reefs that are in excellent condition.  The
access to the Vuta-I-Ra Passage is what attracted our interest.  Some of
the most interesting reefs in this area are about an hour boat ride east
from the resort.  Although we were limited to 2 days in this area because
of rough seas what we saw was outstanding.  We understand that the
liveaboard Naia spends two days of a one week trip in the area that is
accessible from the resort.  Although we saw few large fish or sharks,
others at the resort had swum with whales and dolphins on each of two days
just before we arrived.  On the first day of diving, or when sea state
prevents access to the Vuta-I-Ra Passage, the dive boats go to the
Sailstone Reef about 30 minutes NW of the resort.  This is wonderful, with
very impressive reef formations, many swim throughs, and lots of
interesting life forms including Spanish dancers, califlower soft coral,
leaf scorpion fish, and blue dragon nudibranchs.  

The dive boats leave at 8:30 am and return at about 2 pm after two dives. 
The restaurant is always ready for returning divers.  The boats also go out
in the afternoon and at night as needed.  The resort is well set up for
beach snorkeling and scuba diving which can be very nice although the
visibility is not as good as on the outlying reefs. 

 The restaurant has a wonderful view and serves many fine dishes to the
accompaniment of local musicians.  There are some interesting things to do
when not diving such as a village tour, a hike to a mountain water slide,
and kayaking.  With everything considered, we would definitely go back to
Wananavu.
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