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

Taveuni Ocean Sports/Nakia Dive Resort, Jun, 2011,

by Norman B. Ross, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 6113.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Nakia Dive Resort is owned by Jim and Robin Kelly with Robin running the operations. The in-house dive operator Taveuni Ocean Sports is run by Julie Kelly and her partner Aaron.
I am 74 years old, a certified diver for 17 years with 699 dives. I was bent in April 2010 and treated at the San Pedro Belize hyperbaric chamber where the doctor released me to fly in 3 days and dive in 6 months. I went to Belize for one week dive trips in December 2010 and May 2011 with no ill effects.
I mentioned to Julie that I had been bent and she said that she would have to get a recommendation from DAN before she would take me diving. She called DAN Asia and got a recommendation of 60 feet maximum depth and 20 maximum time. I did not hear what she told DAN and I was unable to talk to DAN due to a bad telephone connection and my poor hearing. Robin told me they had to follow this recommendation or face losing their PADI license.
Next morning I went to Garden Island Resort, explained the situation and the dive manager said he would take me diving. An hour after telling Robin that I would be diving with Garden Island, she told me that she had talked to the manager at Garden Island and that I would have to follow the 60 foot and 20 minute recommendation. I was not present when Robin called the Garden Island manager, so I do not know what was said.
I then called DAN USA and explained the situation to Marty and he recommended recreational diving limits for me. Robin was present and talked to Marty.
Next Aaron calls DAN USA talks to John and gets a recommendation of no diving without a letter from a doctor. I was not present for this conversation. I did find out later that John was friends with Julie and Aaron when they lived in Hawaii. We left Nakia and I had 5 good days of diving at another resort.
To this day, I do not know why these people harassed me so much.
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