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

Beqa Lagoon Resort: "Beqa Lagoon", Aug, 2017,

by Patti Stewart, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9751 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Started by being over 1.5 hours late picking us up from the hotel.
During that time I was called to place lunch orders for everyone not understanding why. Little did we know that the 3 gourmet meals a day were selected from a list of choices only - not a full menu. Water and sodas were extra.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a very nice lady who took us to the dining room to show us our table for the week. No way to mingle and meet others. OR rather not conducive. We were given the rundown of the resort: meal times, spa times, etc. At no time did someone from the dive operator come speak to us. I went over to get the lowdown for the week - meaning dive times, dates, where to put gear, etc. I was partially clued in. When I came back to the group a bit later, one of my guests had also gone over the get the lowdown and was given different information. This happened one more time. WE had most of the story.
1st day of diving: We were informed what time we needed to analyze our tanks. No mention that it was a small window - almost didn't make it. We arrived at our first site - Sea Fan (funny, didn't see any). The boat moored. We were told we were gong to spend the first half of the dive swimming against the current. Many of us wondered why they didn't drop us off above then. Little did we know we were going to spend 20 plus minutes clawing our way to turn a corner. A few nice things. swift trip back to the boat where when i was asked how much I had remaining which was 1400psi I was told to go up. Most of my group said that if dive 2 was like dive 1 there was no reason to dive. Thankfully it was not. Viz was miserable and not a lot to see except some ribbon eel.
Our group was warned on the way out from some other great folks that since we had been on the Aggressor the week before not to be too thrilled at the shape the reefs were in. Pretty accurate statement. Over dove.
Day 2 of diving and the shark dive: Only the night before did we find out that half of what we all wear was unacceptable for the dive.1 - no bare body parts, no bright colors, no white fins. Would've been nice to know this up front. Seriously miserable weather which made exits and entries quite the challenge in a strong surface current. 2 nice dives.
Absolutely nothing to do - because of rain, we couldn't hang out by the pool. Every time we brought laptops or games out to the dining room we were moved around prepping for the next meal. We didn't have a place we could hang out.
The GM is an odd duck and tended to sit at your table whether welcome or not. A few forward comments left my guests a little uneasy
Websites Beqa Lagoon Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Costa Rica, Cocos, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Cayman, Grenada, Bonaire, USVI/BVI, Bahamas, Socorro Islands, Guadalupe Islands
Closest Airport NANI Getting There Fiji Airlines does not recognize AA credit cards with a 1 free bag option. 15k on carry-on allowed unless business class

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 1st dive day i surfaced with well over 1200psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No camera tables on boats and at resort that were found.
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By VERDIE HARITOSin IL, US at Sep 18, 2017 09:47 EST  
Thank you for the information. The last thing any traveler wants is to find out that their expectations are not met with reality. Appreciate the honesty.
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