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Dive Review of Beqa Adventure Divers/Lagoon Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Lagoon, Suva Is.

Beqa Adventure Divers/Lagoon Resort, Oct, 2004,

by dale johnson, mt, usa . Report 1540.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The dive operation emphasizes its "Big Fish Encounter" in which "fish scraps are reintroduced back in to the food chain to feed the fish and sharks of Shark Reef" (a marine reserve,$10 daily entry fee). Several of us , who did not want to participate in the shark feeding for ethical reasons, dove an adjacent reef from the same boat and saw lots of large fish which I am sure were attracted to the area by the feeding. We saw many blacktip, whitetip, and gray reef sharks in all sizes as well as a huge magnificent silvertip with a few smaller ones plus several lemon sharks. In addition there were many types of large jacks,including giant trevally,and some very large snapper and bass, etc.
The Fiji natives on the boat/dive crew were wonderful to dive with. A negative note: one of the caucasian owners came along for the shark dives and insisted on smoking on the dive boat in spite of being asked not to do so by the divers. In addition, he was rude to divers tending to give abrupt orders rather than instructions or requests. Since the boss smoked, one of the other crew members did too.
The resort itself is situated on a river about a mile from the ocean. Nice pool but no beach. It was built in the 70s as a casino/bordello/golf course tocater to wealthy Asians and Arabs. The large rooms are therefore much nicer than the average dive destination with tile floors, marbled baths, A/C, and the staff is wonderful. Free coaster bikes are available to ride to the village or around the golf course.
This might be a nice place to spend a few days,perhaps to play some golf. Don't go to dive unless you want to support a shark feeding operation and tolerate a boat acrew that smokes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, California, Micronesia, Belize, Tavenui (Fiji)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none. No nitrox available.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small Bucket on boat, No table, etc.
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