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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Nelson, CA, USA
Report Number 1990
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Palau, PNG, Australia, Cozumel, Florida, Bahamas, California
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The Nai'a is a terrific boat, with a really friendly, capable, professional
crew. The Tonga trips are all about whales, really, so the reef diving was
somewhat incidental. We were on a special charter to develop a whale
website for the Imaging Foundation, so we placed even more emphasis than
usual on whales. Some of the divers were a bit disappointed that we didn't
do more diving, but the crew tried to accommodate, within the parameters of
our expedition.
Swimming (snorkeling) with the humpback whales is wonderful. One encounter
lasted over an hour, and the photographers got some great pictures. Other
encounters were briefer and less satisfying to those taking pictures, but
still quite breathtaking for those of us in the water. Just the one long
encounter was worth the whole trip.
As for the diving, we didn't get to their best sites, but some of the reefs
we visited were really very good, healthy, and with abundant, diverse fish
life. Other sites were merely OK. Nothing difficult or challenging, but it
was rather colder than most people expected. Some of the crew wear
drysuits, and I might be inclined to do likewise if I were going to dive
extensively. Light suits were fine for the snorkeling and a couple of dives
per day.
The Nai'a crew is wonderful and friendly. The food would be great for the
five-dive-a-day Fiji schedule, but seemed a bit excessive for the amount of
diving we were doing. We felt overfed.
I will definitely favor the Nai'a for future Fiji diving, and would
recommend the boat as a way to visit the whales in Tonga.
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