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Dive Review of Nautilus Watersport in
Vanuatu and New Caledonia/Port Vila

Nautilus Watersport, Aug, 2009,

by Nancy, CA , USA ( 1 report). Report 4994.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, Palau, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Very safety conscious
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Not a lot posted on Vanuatu on Undercurrents so here are a few thoughts about a recent trip to Vanuatu, specifically the Port Vila area. This trip was done as a 5 day side trip while visiting Australia. Contrary to the information on the brief online UnderCurrent write up I found the reef diving very good in the Port Vila area. The reefs visited appeared healthy with a lot of fish life. More little things to look at rather than big things. Unfortunately it rained during the time I was there (very unusual for the time of year)- the sun would have lit up the reefs even more. Most dive sites are short boat trip from Port Vila with a two tank dive in the morning and a single tank dive in the afternoon offered. Nautilus Watersport run by Leanne Colbert is an excellent dive operation. 12 divers the first day of diving with 4 dive masters in the water-6 divers the second day with 2 dive masters! Very safety conscious without being overbearing with good dive briefings. The boat is comfortable with a great diving platform for easy entry and exit. There are a lot of sites to choose from near Port Vila including a couple of wrecks. Leanne does a great job to accommodate dive requests and avoid repetition if you are diving with them over several days.
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