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Dive Review of Waidroka Bay Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Pacific Harbor

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Downey, PA, US
Top Contributor   (39 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6462
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Cocos, Socorro, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bikini Atoll,
Micronesia, Papua, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Rinse buckets on boat and at the dive shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Our first stop during a two week Fiji trip was Waidroka Bay. After landing
in Nadi, we were greeted and escorted to our slightly dilapidated taxi van
for the three hour trip to Waidroka Bay. Parts of the road were torn up
after recent flooding. We made a brief stop for drinks and a longer stop
for upscale island wear souvenirs and clothing. The narrow, winding drive
to Waidroka from the main road took 15 minutes, with peeks of gorgeous
ocean views. 
Waidroka Bay Resort sits on a beautiful piece of property. There are seven
ocean front rooms on beach level, plus a few more rooms with panoramic
views up 57 steps. Our bure was quite large, with a queen bed, single bed,
two night stands, a table, and a closet. There wasnt a chest of drawers,
so we stored our clothes on the shelf in the night stands. The bathroom was
roomy, with plenty of hot water that came and went, so we were constantly
adjusting the spigots; this was due to the individual instant hot water
heater. I loved the front porch with its large table, railings, and seat
hammock, which made a great place to hang things to dry. I did miss
air-conditioning, but there was a ceiling fan and a powerful floor fan, and
after a couple days we became more accustomed to the humidity. The windows
were screened and had adjustable wooden louvers.
The main building, housing the reception area, lounge area, bar, kitchen
and dining room, also had a large veranda facing the ocean and overlooking
the warm fresh water pool. The second bar was pool side, where there was
also a covered lounge area.
The building housing the dive shop had a very small counter area and lots
of space for hanging BCs and wetsuits; there were also small plastic bins
on shelves for personal gear. Outside the shop there were a wooden patio
for gearing-up, a small dock and protected water for their boats. The cut
out to deeper water has to be dredged once a year and this puts a limit on
boat size. For groups over six the larger boat has seats with tank racks,
space below the seats, and lots of shade; the smaller boat has lower seats
and the tanks are placed in the middle, but theres still plenty of shade.
We did back rolls off the small boat and giant strides off the larger
boat.
The close-by diving was OK, but we werent able to experience it at its
best due to three weeks of massive rain and flooding before our arrival.
The sloping walls had an interesting terrain and we saw various fish, a
couple turtles, and a few sharks. Boat rides were 5-15 minutes. We went out
into Beqa Lagoon 3 days, a 40-45 minute boat ride, and the bommies, soft
corals, and visibility were much better. We also did a shark feeding day,
one dive at 85 feet and one at 65 feet; these were the most well organized
shark dives Ive ever done. We saw bull sharks, silvertips, white-tips,
lemon sharks, large groupers, and a frenzy of fish. Sometimes they see
tiger sharks, but it was not to be for us.
The food was good to excellent. Breakfast was a continental buffet of
coffee, orange juice (Tang), coffee presses, tea, a few cereal choices, and
homemade bread for toast. We could also order eggs, French toast, or
pancakes. Lunch offers included tasty hamburgers, fresh tuna sandwiches,
quesadillas, scrumptious soups, and salads. Dinner usually consisted of one
or two entrees (fish, chicken or beef), salad, and dessert; one night we
had an Indian buffet. We picked lunch choices at breakfast each day.
Service was usually quite fast.
Bottled water was available at meals in pitchers. The water in the rooms
was OK for brushing and making coffee in the rooms, but not advisable for
drinking, although it is filtered. Large bottles are available for
purchase; most of us took smaller bottles to meals and filled up then.
One of the things I liked most about Waidroka was the afternoon activities
that Amanda, one of the managers, arranged. We learned how, and actually
tried, to husk coconuts, make kava bowls, make local brooms and hair
wreaths, and generally talked about island life. One afternoon Amanda
wanted to know if we had any suggestions on how to improve the resort. By
the next day, clotheslines were up on everyones porches, including
clothespins. We found out that some of the future plans included AC in most
of the rooms and a redesign of the closets to make them half hanging and
half shelving.
Waidroka Bay is a great place for land based tourism without additional
flying or too much driving. Theres good diving available, beautiful
scenery and fantastic staff and food. They also offer surfing for the
experienced, paddle boarding and kayaking. And of course, the traditional
kava ceremony is a must. 
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