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Dive Review of Niue Dive/Matavai Resort in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Connie Ehler, TX, USA
Report Number 783
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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

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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
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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