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

Beqa Lagoon Resort: "Beqa Lagoon Shark Diving", May, 2017,

by Mark Rosenstein, MA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 9593 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This place is all about the shark dives. Too bad they only run them Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and charge extra for those dives. We had multiple Lemon, Bull, and Tiger sharks show up to each shark dive. Things get a little crazy during the feedings with multiple sharks and hundreds of other fish in a feeding frenzy at once, making the photography a little challenging because there are usually smaller fish between the divers and the sharks, and chum clouding the water. They won't let divers move around, you have to stay put and keep low for safety. They put six dive guides in the water with us, and needed that many to push away tiger sharks who got too close to divers. I'm quite comfortable around sharks behaving naturally, but this feeding did not feel entirely safe. And it's not a dive for beginners. They should probably require nitrox, as air divers end up in deco doing two dives in a row with 30 minutes spent at 65 feet (and they do not want you to leave early).

The reef dives offered other days were inside the lagoon and only mediocre habitat. And the house reef was quite silty as well. And the dive shop was not particularly safety conscious. I was actually encouraged to do my checkout dive by myself without a buddy or anyone else in the water. Dive briefings were minimal, and I was never given an orientation to the dive facilities.

The facilities look nice, but not everything was in good repair. I didn't have any problems other than extremely low water flow in the shower, but several other guests had issues with their bures while I was there.
Websites Beqa Lagoon Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Komodo, Lembeh, Tulamben, Palau, Solomons, Wakatobi, GBR, Galapagos, many Caribbean
Closest Airport Nadi, Fiji Getting There From the international airport, it is a 3 hour drive, then a one hour boat transfer to the resort. Book your transfers in advance with the resort.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 30 minute shark dives, 50 minute reef dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments If you're here to photograph sharks, the subjects are great. Their day boats have one water tub, barely big enough for my camera rig without anything else in it. There was an extra bed in my bure, which I spread a towel on and used for camera work space. There are no camera facilities at the dive shop.
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