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

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Scott and Laura George, CA, USA
Report Number 2139
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California, Honduras, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Ascend with 1000 psi, but not enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The diving in the Somosomo Strait was amazing.  The reefs are in
outstanding condition.  We regularly saw nudibranchs, reef sharks,
lionfish, blue ribbon eels, banded sea snakes, scorpionfish and, of course,
the beautiful soft corals for which Fiji is famous.  Swiss Fiji Divers was
very organized and accommodating.  There was a high ratio of divemasters to
divers (~3 divemasters for 4-6 divers).  This allowed them to assign
divemasters to differently skilled divers and not overly restrict more
experience divers.  Our only complaint was that they were resistant to take
us to the Great White Wall due to conditions.  We later dived that site
with another dive shop (Jewel Bubble Divers, just down the beach from Swiss
Fiji) who indicated the conditions had been excellent all week.  We suspect
Swiss Fiji was reluctant to make the longer trip with divers of different
skill levels at a deep site with fairly strong currents.  Swiss Fiji has a
policy of ascending at 1000 psi but does not really enforce it.

We were very pleased with Maravu Plantation Resort.  We stayed in a Deluxe
Honeymoon Bure, which was clean and very nice.  The bures are located on
the hillside overlooking the strait, but most have partial ocean views. 
The grounds are lush and well-maintained.  The beach is somewhat rocky and
is about a 3 minute walk across the road.  We made especially good use of
the waterfall jacuzzi and outdoor shower attached to our bure.  The staff
are very friendly and accommodating and they have a good variety of
activities, but the bicycles are in need of repair or replacement.  The
best thing about Maravu is probably the food.  Maravu provides very good
three course meals with three main offerings (one of which is always
vegetarian) and menu offerings are not repeated within a week.  The
massages at the spa are also very good.  We also enjoyed the pool, which is
surrounded by nice lounge chairs and umbrellas.
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