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

Beqa Lagoon Resort: "Beqa Lagoon Resort Group Trip", May, 2018,

by John Miller, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10269 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Beqa is a PADI 5* IDC Resort and this was our second visit in three years. The first was a Cardonna FAM and we did not dive here, just visited. I brought a group of 17 back this time along with my wife and I.

I am a PADI Master Instructor as well as a SDI and SSI Master Instructor. I am also a SSI Instructor Trainer and own a SSI Diamond IDC in Lubbock, TX. I have been diving since getting my YMCA card in Bangor, Maine back in 1973.

All of my guests agreed that my stories about the Beqa shark dive lived up to my stories and beyond their expectations. Several did all three shark dives for the week. On one the shark handlers told us there were ten (10) tigers.

This PADI 5* IDC has not had an Instructor on staff for 3-4 months and that may explain why their NITROX service did not meet ANY dive agency standards. Two of my guests were not nitorx certified and yet they dived on EAN32 all week, as did a couple others that were new divers and not EAN certified. I say EAN32 as that is what the shop said they make. However without any analyzers available to verify that, we had to take them at their word. Not once were we required to fill a nitrox log out with MOD or other basic information. Many in my group didn't even know how to set their computers and others were diving without computers. On our three tank dive today, they did not have enough tanks of air for those not wanting NITROX or not certified for it and yet they offer NITROX to those not certified. Those of us that did not request it, in fact accommodated the crew by accepting it so they would be able to give 21% to the others. The readers that are instructors know how this issue is a major standards violations and simply not acceptable under any circumstances.

I am submitting a accident report to PADI that I personally observed when one of my guests slipped on the aluminum deck of one boat while transferring to the water taxi that takes us to shore. One of my other guests was also hurt this way but I only heard that from others. The one I saw, has a large welt on her back and has been in pain for two days.

The reefs are torn up from recent hurricane that went through about 3-4 weeks ago.

Food has been good, but the kitchen is very slow at getting it out onto the the tables. It is often cold by the time it is served. Any kind of drinks other than water (without ice) is added to your room charges.

We went to the same dive site five times and today I said no more - take us over to Seven Sisters and they did.

The staff (99%) are very accommodating and solves most problems with a smile.

I will be letting PADI know about the Nitrox standards violations, but the resort should not be keeping a 5* IDC rating based upon what I have seen. The only attraction for choosing Beqa over the other Fiji dive operations is the outstanding shark dive operation. It was safe and thrilling beyond your expectations.
Websites Beqa Lagoon Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Wakaobi, Figi, Roatan, Tobago, Cozumel, Cayman, Philappines, Belize, Truk, Turk & Caicos, Tabago, St Croix
Closest Airport Suva Getting There Nadi Airport

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera bucket accommodates just the small ones. They assisted in getting the cameras in and out of the boats/water with adequate care.
Vibrant corals and fish on the reefs with lots of micro and sharks. You will burn up your batteries taking photos of everything. Recommend a wide angle lens for the shark dive and regular lens with good macro for the nudi branches.
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Subscriber's Comments

By GARY BAGLIEN in FL, US at May 31, 2018 09:23 EST  
I purchased a Nitrox anaylzer years ago to avoid the problem encountered above. Well worth the investment.
By report author: John Miller in TX, US at May 31, 2018 15:03 EST  
Absolutely! I always carry mine. Even better, and mine is, is the DiveNav "TwoCoo" that also checks for CO gas presence. Don't assume that tank of 21% is good gas, especially overseas.
By Gregory Honore in CA, US at Jun 17, 2018 01:51 EST  
I carry mine even when using US operations
By Michael Bennett in CA, US at Jun 30, 2018 15:18 EST  
Thanks for the review. Considering they were your group, perhaps you should have said NO to those who were not Nitrox certified. Your the instructor in charge.
By report author: John Miller in TX, US at Jun 30, 2018 16:30 EST  
That I did, as well as discussed the matter on the first day of diving with your staff. Bottom line however, is Beqa Lagoon Resort provided the nitrox without getting proof of the two diver's Nitro Certifications. I was not their Instructor, just the travel group leader. The responsibility for providing Nitro rests with the dive shop foremost. My only student while there was a lady from Canada completing her Open Water. On one of the last dives of the week your boat was low on EAN21% (air) tanks and offered her a Nitrox 32 which she properly refused. Sorry Michael, you can't transfer the responsibility or the fault on this one and I submitted a QA to PADI on this as well as the numerous accidents I observed during the week, including damage to the bow of a boat I was on that rammed the dock over on the mainland. Beqa Lagoon needs a safety stand down to review their operations.
By Michael Bennett in CA, US at Jun 30, 2018 17:03 EST  
First off, you need to correct your first sentence, referring to "your staff" as you make it sound like it was my staff. I have nothing to do with you or this resort. You keep referring to me as the operator (your boat). I am reading exactly what you stated. Since you admit it was "your group", and the non-certified Nitrox divers were in your group, they essentially become your responsibility. So did you and your wife get free rooms for bringing others? Likely yes the way you phrased it. Your last statement referring to me as "transferring the responsibility" is pure BS. Again, I am not the operator and you infer that I am. It seems you need a refresher on corresponding liability as a "travel group leader". I assure you that if something happened to any of those in your group from this Nitrox debacle, your going to spend a small fortune defending yourself in court.
By report author: John Miller in TX, US at Jul 02, 2018 12:09 EST  
OK Mr. Bennett, my assumption that you were "connected" with the Resort was in error and I publicly take responsibility for that false assumption. Not sure why you chimed in then with your own "assumptions" on the facts or now presume to give me your advice. We know nothing about you, but if you are not an attorney, please don't put legal advice in public postings. I'm not going to respond to any more of your posting. The report of this resort that I made here and to PADI remains accurate and was made so the members of Undercurrent could make their own informed decisions.
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