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Dive Review of Niue Dive/Matavai Resort in
Niue

Niue Dive/Matavai Resort, Sep, 2003,

by Bill and Connie Ehler, TX, USA . Report 783.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea X3, Galapagos, Kungkungan Bay, Mabul X2, Sipadan X3, Austalia, PNG, Vanuautu, Fiji X3, New Zealand, Palau X6, Yap X2, Majuro, Kosrae, Maldives, Malpelo, Cozumel X 9, Turks/Caicos (Peter Hughes), Cayman, Saba (Caribbean Explorer), St. Kitts, Nevis, Bonaire, Cocos (Undersea Hunter), Soccoro Island and Baja Mexico.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Although the hardbottom inflatables were very adequate for diving there was not enough room for large cameras, ie. housed cameras or RS's. There were no rinse tanks on boats but owner stated it "could be arranged".

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Niue Dive (Ian and Annie owners/dive guides) is the most professional and well organized dive operation we have encountered in thirty years of diving. All equipment is first rate including rental gear. Tanks were 3000+ PSI on all dives. Pre-dive instructions were adequate when unaccompanied. Accompanied dives were above average. Highlights: hundreds of sea snakes/kraits, swimming with dolphins, gin clear water and very interesting geological sites/caves/swim throughs and virtually undamaged hard corals. Downside: Very few invertebrates, ie. nudibranchs, flatworms, shrimp (lots of banded cleaner shrimp). Water was cool this time of year (June-Oct). Shore diving not available due to topography (no beaches). Our group (10 people) had to rent a van ($750/week)to travel from hotel to dive operation.
The Matavai Resort, Niue's "flagship" property is in good repair. The food lacks imagination. There were very little fresh fruits or vegetables. The meals were very greasy and repetitious. New Manager, Dean, is attempting to correct food problem.
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