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Dive Review of Crystal Divers/Wananavu Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Raki Raki

Crystal Divers/Wananavu Resort, Oct, 2002,

by Jim, NC, USA . Report 308.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Australia, Hawaii, Curacao, Cayman, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Typical limits with reasonable freedom
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 5 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments On our trip there were lots of cameras and videos and Crystal Divers handled all our requirememnts with no problems. Do keep in mind that the fresh water rinse is from the Resort and we noticed some salt water taste (very evident) in the water. Apparently there is some salinity in the well water. I used the drinking water (rain water) to final rinse our cameras daily but one must be frugal since this supply is limited.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments For anyone visiting Fiji as a dive destination you can't go wrong by visiting Wananavu Resort and using Crystal Divers. We would recommend a Villa instead of a Bure'. The additional cost is worth it and for those who like it a little more quiet and spacious you'll certainly appreciate it. The food is good but can get tedious, especially the lunch menu. Fried food is abundant but the chef will accomodate special requests so don't be shy. A healthier menu would be nice. Wananavu has a well stocked bar. The diving is excellent and Crystal Divers worked hard to ensure we had a good experience. The seas were rough but we managed to dive every day thanks to a larger boat compared to their competitors who also appeared well equiped albiet in a smaller craft. Entries and exits were easy even in rough water. We used our safety sausages on one occaision when we were seperated by strong current and swept some distance away. The surface intervals were typical but way to much sugar and not enough fresh drinking water offered. I would have gladly paid for bottled water on the boat. The resort is pretty much on its own so going elsewhere for food is very limited. Thus, the Villa makes more sense due to the cooking and food storage capabilities. If you're a gourmet coffee lover bring your own!!! The resort has 24/7 electricity and A/C in the bedrooms. Hot water was sporadic, mostly non-existant. Make a trip into town by taxi and get provisions. When we went to town there was one shop that provided Internet access. There isn't much to see in town and it is a typical Fijian town with pretty much the same provisions as most other towns we visited. We had been in Fiji for almost three months by the time we arrived at the Wananavu Resort and it was excellent compared to other places we had stayed. For departing visitors, we would not recommend the Toka Toka (in Nadi)for a day room prior to departure. Instead check out the Tonoa (in Nadi). Crystal Divers makes the arrangements so inform them since they default to the Toka Toka for some reason, $$$. Chef's in Nadi makes for a nice departing meal or the Millenium for BBQ. Safe diving everyone.
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