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

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Colin Zylka, WI, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6249
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Palau, Philippines, Caymans, Bahamas, Cozumel, Catalina, Saba, St.
Kitts, Hawaii, Fiji, Florida, Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao, etc. 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco dives, all dives were less than 90 feet.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Due to the fact that Reef Safaris does not have their purpose built boat
yet, they had to lease a large boat for the time we were there. Huge fresh
water buckets that accommodated even the largest rigs with dual strobes and
dome ports. Crew very careful in how they handled our camera gear. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Wananavu is a great place made even better with the addition of Reef
Safaris. Jeremy and Kristen go out of their way to make sure everyone is
having great dives. They are quickly making a name for themselves with
their level of service. They are extremely safety conscious. We made it out
to the Vatu-I-Ra passage 9 of the 12 days we were diving. The entire team
at Reef Safaris are top notch..always ready to lend a hand with gear or
cameras or a smile and a "bula". Dive briefings are superb.
Because of the distance from Wananavu to the passage, the boat rides were
sometimes up to one hour, but well worth the time! Local dives have boat
trips of 20 minutes or so, depending on conditions. All the
divemasters/guides were very good, in that they did not swim too fast nor
too slow, givings the photographers time to compose and shoot a series of
shots. Small groups (3-5 divers per divemaster) made the dives seem less
crowded, even with 18 divers on the boat. The shore dive is fantastic for
macro photography, especially at dusk and nightfall. Tons of nudibranchs,
juvenile sweetlips, lobsters, eels, etc. Newer divers or inexperienced
should be aware there are some currents at some of the dive sites, but
nothing too severe. The guides always try to limit the exposure to stronger
currents. 

The bures are very comfortable, the food is above expectations, and the
service is great at the resort. Fantastic views of the passage and the
Bligh Waters from the bachfront and oceanview bures. Be prepared for a
three hour ride from Nadi airport to the resort....roads are horrible, but
that's part of the adventure. They do stop half way for a comfort break.
Lots of activities to do for non-divers and for the non-diving days. The
waterfall tour was a hoot! Just be sure to wear shoes that can get wet. 
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