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Dive Review of Swiss Fiji Divers/Maravu PIantation resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni Island

Swiss Fiji Divers/Maravu PIantation resort, Aug, 2004,

by Shawn Fanshier, FL, USA . Report 1740.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Cayman Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time specified
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No real accomodations for UWP. Storage on boat limited, though divemasters were accomodating.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Swiss Fiji dive company, was not a cattle car like other operators, Small dive groups - 6-7 people max. Very accomodating for all level of divers, as we had beginners to experienced. Excellent care and confidence provided for the beginners. High level of service in setup, daily cleaning and storage of gear. We only had to bring it down to the shop on the first day. The only negative was their aircompressor broke down so on the way back from diving daily, we had to stop at another shop. Not too bad as it gave us an opportunity to swim and see a tree full of foxface bats. The only other negative was at low tide wading to the boat and not stepping on seasnakes. The locals say they never bite, but somehow stepping on them did not seem the right thing to do.
The reefs were chock a block with tropicals, nudibranch, banded shrimp, sea snakes, and soft corals. It was not unusual to see a white tip reef shark on every dive. The famous ribbon eels are a little more elusive/shy but beautiful. The rainbow wall is a highlight dive. The dive intervals are spent ashore on an island beach where other dive operations also go, so that you can compare notes and locations with other divers. We sited most days a pod of bottlenose dolphins on the way to the sites.
The resort, Maravu plantation, was incredible for their level of service and accomodations. All food is fresh and organically grown. The only negative, was that breakfast could sometimes be on Fiji time, rushing us to the boat. This is great location for those with divers and non-divers as this island has excursions for the non-divers. While the divers can spend the afternoon on excursions also. Don't miss, the blow holes, the natural water slides,the village tour and standing one foot in yesterday and today at the 180th meridian.
One thing to definitely do is to complete all money conversion prior to getting to Taveuni island (LAX or at Nadi airport)
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