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Dive Review of Naia/n/a in
Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Naia/n/a, Jun, 2004,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa . Report 1239.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, PNG, Belize, Fiji, Yap, Cozumel, Bonaire, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Great set up for equipment: special cleaning tanks, storage and maintenance location.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second time on the Naia, and we enjoyed the trip a great deal. Every so often (this trip was the second time) the Naia goes to Vanuatu: this year the second part of the trip was to New Caledonia (we left after the first segment). Everyone on the boat was fantastic and we enjoyed having the cruise directors, Rob Barrell and a local expert (former dive shop owner Kevin) on board. Several of the dives were exploratory but we were able to go to a number of well known sites. Coral was very colorful (some sites were comparable to Fiji) and there were numerous opportunities for macro shots. One of the highlights for the boat was diving the President Coolidge, which went down about 100 yards from shore in WWII off the island of Espiratu Santo (pretty close to where James Michener was stationed). The meals were wonderful (you select from 3 choices for each meal every morning) and facilities are top notch. The other traveler with me is a snorkeler and also had a great time. The only thing I'd bring with me is a good reading light as the lights in the salon tend to be challenging for reading (such a minor detail). It was a wonderful trip.
Make sure to do land tours of the islands -- they are very interesting and have many cultural features.
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