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

Beqa Lagoon Resort, Feb, 2008,

by Gary Krippendorf, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 3963.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Roatan, Sea of Cortez, Turks and Caicos

Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet max, dive using computers
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated water bucket in the boat.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was my second trip to Beqa Lagoon Resort.

The Bad: Visibility was just okay on most boat dives, with a lot of biological "stuff" in the water. The visibility on the shore dives at the resort was between 10 and 20 feet (max). Our prior trip was in July 2005 and we had much clearer water (usually 100 feet on the boat dives).
The A/C in our room made noise, but did little else, making it impossible to get a break from the afternoon heat and humidity.

The good: Friendly staff, excellent food, and the boat crews did a solid job of getting us safely to and from the sites.
Unlike our prior trip where the boats dropped anchor at the sites, causing damage to the corals, moorings are now used.

The optional big fish & shark encounter was well worth the additional fee. Unfortunately the visibility was only about 25 feet at the site on our trip, making photography very difficult. Seeing 20+ foot bull sharks, 15 foot lemon sharks, and other large sharks, along with many larger species of fish was exciting. A few divers, including my wife, were offered the unique experience of going beyond the observation boundary rope line out into the teaming mass of fish. My wife was able to pet a 25 foot bull shark from head to tail, and lived to tell us about it.

Had we known the visibility would be so poor, we probably would have picked another location for a February trip, and returned to Beqa Lagoon in July or August some other year.
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By linda rollins in CA, US at Jun 28, 2013 01:03 EST  
Beqa Lagoon Resort is the only dive operation that I've encountered (I've dove more than 130 dives in Hawaii, Cayman, Mexico, and Florida Keys) that doesn't assist divers up the ladder. I should know, I lost parts of several fingers from a ladder injury at Beqa Lagoon Resort. When I was there, Beqa Lagoon Resort also did not tie down the ladder. These two factors will affect me for the rest of my life due to serious PTSD and chronic nerve pain.
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