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Dive Review of Beqa Lagoon Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa Island

Beqa Lagoon Resort: "Very enjoyable dive trip. Friendliness of staff made the difference.", Jun, 2022,

by Katherine Burns, CA, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11948 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Overall Impression
I want to start this report with the conclusion because the final experience was more than the sum of all the parts. We really enjoyed our week at Beqa Lagoon Resort. After not diving for 2+ years, it felt great to be back underwater and a week of easy diving was a great tonic. Everyone at the resort went out of their way to make us feel like family and let us know how much our visit meant for the villages and for them personally. The intangibles of this location and community made this trip special & memorable. Finally, as we booked it as a dive group package, it was surprisingly affordable.

Getting There
Travel to and from Beqa is straightforward but not easy. First, there is the 11 hour flight from either LAX or SFO on Fiji Airlines. Then a multi-hour bus ride to Pacific Harbor with a stop mid-way. Finally the dive boats transport passengers & luggage from the marina to Beqa Lagoon Resort.

Flight Arrangements
Because we booked as a group package, our reservations were not accessible online so we had to call the airlines for seat assignments & to pre-pay for an extra bag. It took roughly 30-40 minute of hold time plus 20-30 minutes of service time to complete each of these tasks.

In the Air
The standard coach seats were fine for me but cramped for my six foot spouse. Because there is a 2-4-2 seating layout, we were able to sit together with window & aisle seats.
Dinner & breakfast were served on both flights and were quite edible, with vegetarian choice available.

Upon Arrival
We boarded the bus for Pacific Harbor. We had to wait for all passengers from both the SFO & LAX flights to arrive before we could depart. Additionally, about 1/3 of the bus was filled with luggage which did not fit anywhere else.

The bus ride is long & air-conditioned. There was a lot of road construction, trucks etc. so it takes a long time. At the half-way point (1.5 - 2 hours) there is a rest & shopping stop. Jacks has very good tee-shirt selection and prices, and the coffee stand has inexpensive & good espresso drinks.

Once at the Pearl Resort & marina, the dive boats are there to take you to the resort itself. It is a 35 minute -ish ride & exiting the boat is on the beach in ankle deep water.

At the resort
The entire staff was waiting to great us with their musical instruments etc. One of our group has been to the resort 10 times, s ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, CA, French Polynesia, Costa Rica, Bali Indonesia (live aboard),
Closest Airport Nadi International Airport (NAN) Getting There We took an 11 hour non-stop flight from San Francisco to Nadi International Airport. It was an easy flight with the usual coach seats which do feel cramped when the seats in front are reclined. Dinner & breakfast were served with a vegetarian option for both. If you are seated near the back of the plan, expect the choices to be more limited.

Because our airfare was booked as part of a package, we were unable to use our confirmation number (PNR) on the website to get seat assignments.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive profile & time were announced in the dive briefing at the beginning of each dive. Divers were requested to dive as a buddy team & ascend together. Divers were asked to stay with their divemaster. Diving was in groups of 4 - 9 depending on the day.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I am not a photographer. There was one person with a large rig and he seemed satisfied with the subject matter & shore facilities. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ed Vaillancourt in NM, US at Aug 04, 2022 17:56 EST  
We just got back from this resort, this is a very accurate telling of the good and not so good. We LOVED the staff and shark dives. The coral and fish population not so much. In truth, the shark dives were spectacular (in my 1,700+ dive experience).
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