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

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa
Report Number 1239
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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