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Dive Review of Subsurface Fiji/Malolo Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Dean and Lori Conrad, tx, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4414
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Little Cayman, Maui, Hawaii, Cozumel, Mexico, Saba, Cayman Brac,
Florida Keys, Bay Islands of Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No facilities for cameras whatsoever -- no rinse tanks, even at the dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
We chose Malolo because we are u/w photographers and wanted to avoid the
frustrations of trying to shoot in the currents we've heard about in some
of the areas of Fiji better known for diving.  However, we cannot recommend
Malolo for a dive vacation.  The viz was very disappointing, due in part to
the fact that it rained part of our first five days there, even in the dry
season!  Boats are small and cramped, with no rinse tanks or drinking water
on board!!  There are not even rinse tanks or gear storage at the dive
shop!  In 8 or so days of 3-tank diving, we repeated many sites over and
over, some ad nauseum!  Currents in the passage can be quite strong, but
there are more soft corals there as a result.  We saw sharks reliably at
the "Supermarket," but it's otherwise unremarkable.  The only
"WOW!" site for us was "Plantation Pinnacle' - it was very
beautiful, with lionfish, clownfish, anthias, etc. Back at the resort, the
menu never varied, and if you don't like Indian food/curries, plan to eat a
lot of pizza and fish and chips at the beachside bar.  Ice is a precious
commodity, and ice water is just cold water -- no ice.  The tap water is
fine to drink (it IS Fiji, after all!) -- good thing, since you need to
provide your own on the boat, and you don't even want to KNOW what a 6-pack
of bottled water will cost you in the gift shop! Save the bottles and
refill them from the tap in your room.  Be sure you take whatever
batteries, spare parts, etc. you need, as there is NOTHING available at the
resort or in the dive shop.  Also, plan to get to know your neighbors in
the adjacent room well, as there is no sound-proofing between them. 
Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the inability to get shore tanks to
dive the resort lagoon.  We saw things -- pipefish, juvenile picasso
triggers, etc -- snorkeling there on our last afternoon that we NEVER saw
on any of our boat dives!  If you do decide to visit the Mamanucas, the
South Seas Cruises ferry is a great way to see several of the picturesque
islands on your trip from Viti Levu.  You'll board the bus to Denarau
Harbor across the street from the Nadi airport -- not the most convenient
arrangement, but it will afford you the opportunity to chat with the very
friendly locals at the bus stop.  Fiji's tourism industry has suffered as a
result of the coup(s), and so tourists are welcomed with open arms, almost
literally! We honestly saw no sign of unrest, even in the Nadi. 
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