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

Beqa Lagoon Resort, Aug, 2007,

by Steve Horne, La, USA . Report 3907.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Hondurus, Caymans, Cuba, Indonesia, Somosoma straights, (Fiji), Great barrier Reef, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were in groups with dive master in accordance with pre-determined dive plans from the dive master. However, dive times and plans were loosely applied with little interference from the dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Accomodations for photographers were sparse. These consisted of a fresh water bucket on the boat for placing all camera gear in between dives. Storage of equipment, repair/set-up facilities were not available, so equipment was taken back to the room after each dive. Minimal availability of extra charging areas.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The overall experience of BLR was good, but average.

The Fijian people are some of the friendliest people on earth. They are always willing to help and greet everyone with a genuine smile and anxious "Bula." Unfortunately, they seem so anxious to keep the guests happy that they seem very reluctant to intercede on behalf of their reef.

Divers who did not observe the rules of good reef stewardship were not reprimanded by the dive masters. An area of the reef was even noted to have someone's name engraved in large letters into a coral head. In effect killing it, and ruining the dive for those that follow. The reef is in poor shape as a result of storms and bleeching and will continue to deteriorate unless action is taken by the locals to protect what little they have.

Reports of the reef being dead below 45 feet are accurate. There is little to see below that depth. The reef in areas of mild current and up above 20 feet seems vibrant and healthy, but is sparse. It appears to be very similar to the Keys in this respect. Visibility fluctuated from 35 feet to a maximum of around 60 feet depending on the weather. The numbers of small fish were average, but the numbers of large fish seen and species variation was low.

The accomodations were average. The meals probably slightly better than average, but certainly not up to live aboard standards. Considering the cost of the trip and the amount of time getting not only to Fiji, but to BLR itself, there are other areas in which to dive that offer more bang for the buck.
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