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

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Norman B. Ross, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6113
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
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
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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