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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Tonga/Ha'apai Islands

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Doris & Bob Schaffer, CA, USA
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Report Number 704
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California; Micronesia; Solomons; PNG; Australia; Fiji; Caribbean; Red Sea;
Cocos Island; Tahiti; 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Nai'a has a separate dry room for photographic equipment immediately
adjacent to the dive deck with 3 levels of shelves and large enough for 8
photographers at one time with more than adequate secure and dry electrical
connections for charging.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The Nai'a which usually operates in Fijian waters goes to Tonga for six
weeks each year for the Humpback Whale migration. This is the second time
we have done this whale trip (third trip on Nai'a) and it is outstanding. 
Mostly we snorkel with the whales although sometimes it is possible to see
them on scuba. Once the whales are spotted, the crew maneuvers the big boat
or the skiffs toward the whales where we are able to slip into the water to
observe and swim with them up close.  Lots of moms and calves as well as
large males.  We got some great video! When there  were no whale sightings,
we dove on various reefs and they were good dives but seemed so "ho
hum" after swimming with the whales! Night dives were offered each
night and were pretty good.  The crew of the Nai'a is absolutely
outstanding and incredibly attentive. The rooms are large and comfortable
and the food is gourmet--served meals with a choice of two entrees for
breakfast and lunch and three at dinner. Host Rob Barrel is very
knowledgeable and being on the Nai'a with him is a real learning
experience. All in all, a remarkable trip which can best be described as
"days of leisure, hours of ecstasy!"
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