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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Nancy, CA , USA (1 report)
Report Number 4994
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, Palau, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very safety conscious  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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