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Dive Review of Nai'a in

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, United States
Report Number 1911
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Mexico, Micronesia, New
Zealand, PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 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  
Great camera room, rinse tanks, handling and assistance from crew.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Nai'a quality and service up to usual very high standards. Best crew on any
liveaboard we've ever been on. Kava party is tops! "New" cruise
directors Josh & Liz very pleasant, went the extra mile helping with
lost luggage situation, and produced a fantastic trip video.

Whales not as plentiful as previous trip in 2003, and encounters more
limited (then again, we had some that lasted 4 hours that trip). Some bad
weather may explain this, but I can't help thinking that something bad is
happening ("covert" whaling to the south?).

Diving was pretty good, especially at night. A few "destination
quality" dive sites (Ladd's Reef and Table for 200), and really
healthy hard corals. Dive sites depend on where you've been looking for
whales on the Tonga trips, so don't come here unless you're focused on the

Situation in Tonga is deteriorating. We were there during an extended
strike of Government employees, and there is open disapproval of the royal
family. Check on current political situation and state of infrastructure
before going to Tonga.
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