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Dive Review of Taveuni Ocean Sports/Nakia Resort and Dive in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Pellegatto, MA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 5530
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Cocos, Lembeh, Bunaken, Malapascua, Dumaguete, Provo, Bonaire,
Cozumel, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Due to currents, the dives were drifts and we followed the dive master. 
Dive times only lmited by how good the group was on air.  Max depths were
suggested, but not enforced.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
We arrived in Taveuni about six weeks after Cyclone Tomas.  There was a lot
of damage to the hard coral in shallow water at the top of the reef. 
However, once deeper than 15 or 20 feet, the hard and soft coral was in
excellent condition and looked to be unaffected by the storm.  Fish life
was abundant.   It was nice to dive in a place that doesnt give the
impression of being over fished.  On all dives there were thousands of gold
and purple anthias swirling about the reef feeding on plankton in the
currents.   We also saw schools of blue fusiliers, schools of barracuda and
yellow tail barracuda, and schools of tuna and trevally.    On most dives,
white tip reef sharks were seen and 3 or 4 dives had large Spanish mackerel
and grey reef sharks.  Closer to the reef, there were lots of tropical
fish, anemone fish, and I saw about a dozen blue ribbon eels.  

I stayed at Nakia Resort and used the on site operator, Taveuni Ocean
Sports.  Nakia Resort consists of a house for the owners who live on site
and run the resort, 4 bures for guests, a swimming pool and excellent
restaurant.  The bures are only a couple of years old, spacious, very
clean, and the beds are comfortable.  There isnt AC, but this wasnt a
problem in the dry season.  The restaurant serves fresh fish, good steaks,
and salads and vegetables picked from the gardens on site.  Every night
there are different deserts, which were just baked.  Nakia also has a
driver for their guests and he is used for arranged trips to coastal walks,
waterslides, and other activities.   There werent any Fiji Time type
issues with service.  The staff is very friendly and service is fast and

The onsite dive op, Taveuni Ocean Sports, has a well maintained, fast,
catamaran dive boat with dual 4-cycle outboards so there was little noise
and no fumes.  There may only be 1 boat,  but there arent any crowds since
the resort is so small.  I was the only diver for the first 3 days.  This
wasnt a problem and they happily took me out alone to the rainbow reef
dive sites where I was able to dive as long as I wished without any time
restrictions.  On the last 2 days, there were 5 divers on the boat and we
were split up into 2 groups according to our experience.  They limit 8
divers on the boat and never more than 4 divers to a group.  There was a
lot of current on the Rainbow reef so all dives were drift dives where you
follow the dive masters.  The dive masters, Julie and Aaron, are also the
owners.   They are avid divers, as excited to go diving as the guests, and
work hard underwater to point out interesting and unusual marine life. 
Theres plenty of drinking water on board and snacks of fresh baked breads
and cakes are offered.  After handing them my gear on the first day,
setting up of equipment and rising after dives was taken care of for me. 
Taveuni Ocean Sports was a professional dive op that treated experienced
divers like.. Experienced divers.  If I return to Taveuni, I would
definitely stay at Nakia Resort again and dive with Taveuni Ocean Sports.
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