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Dive Review of Swiss Fiji Divers/Maravu Plantation Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni, Fiji

Swiss Fiji Divers/Maravu Plantation Resort, Aug, 2004,

by bill dobrin, il, usa . Report 2232.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji previously, Australia, Palau, Belize, Caymans,
Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft max depth, 60 min time limit suggested, but not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments boat carried a fresh water bucket for cameras only when requested.However, once requested, the bucket was on the boat for every dive.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Swiss Fiji Divers is a well run dive operation. On the negative side, they advertize nitrox on their website and at their shop but didn't have it available the entire week that we were there. Their native Fijian divemasters were all excellent and made every effort to try to make each dive memorable. I would recommend them and will dive with them again in any future trip to Taveuni.

Maravu Plantation Resort is directly across the road from Swiss Fiji Divers and even shares the same beach, but seems to be totally ignorant about the needs of divers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were served at fixed times but the 5 divers out of our group of 6 had to be at the boat at the same time breakfast appeared and returned from our 2 tank dive as lunch was ending. The restaurant staff was unconcerned about our dilemma until we complained to the resort manager. Finally, the meal schedule was altered and we were able to eat AND dive. The staff was similarly indifferent to any of the other needs of anyone in our group.

My wife and I have been to several different resorts in Fiji but, sadly, Maravu Plantation Resort does not live up to the standards of their competition. This is the first time that we've actually been anxious to get on the plane and go home.
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