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Dive Review of Wananavu Divers in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, US
Contributor   (15 reports)
Report Number 6781
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja California, British Columbia, Hawaii, Florida, Cayman
Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour dive time, come back with 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
There were no dedicated rinse tanks for camera equipment on the boat or at
the dock.  Cameras were placed in baskets alongside the dive gear.  They
are clearly not set up for photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Wananavu is a beautiful resort.  The bures are large, immaculate and very
comfortable.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  The food ranged
from quite good to quite poor, so we were never quite sure which one it
would be for any particular meal.  For most meals you choose from a menu; 
once while we were there it was a buffet.
We did most of our dives in the Bligh Waters.  The diving was beautiful,
with clouds of anthias over the bommies and lots of soft corals in amazing
hues.  We only saw one shark while we were there.  The dive operators told
us that the Fijian government has contracted with an Asian fishing company,
allowing them to remove sharks at an alarming rate.  When we were in Fiji
ten years ago, we certainly saw a lot more sharks than we did this time.
The dive operator was very good.  They were friendly and helpful, and were
willing to take suggestions.  They also did not take offense when I
corrected them on a critter identification.  While we were there, the boat
was quite crowded since there was a large group of Australians there at the
same time.  The ride out to the Bligh Waters is about an hour or so each
way, and on one day it was pretty choppy.
We did one shore dive.  Due to the runoff from the heavy rains, the
visibility was quite poor, but we managed to find a few critters in the
muck.
We participated in a spinner dolphin encounter, where we observed spinner
dolphins from a boat:  we were not allowed to dive or snorkel with them. 
We also saw a few humpback whales during surface intervals.
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