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Dive Review of Dive Fiji/Oneta in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Ono Island

Dive Fiji/Oneta: "Great trip to Southern Fiji", Jul, 2019,

by Dave White, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10995 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Dive Fiji Boats Dive Fiji Dive Shop at Oneta Resort
White Tip Shark and Hard Corals Vesi Bure

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments We have been to Fiji twice before, once to Beqa and once to Taveuni, so we wanted to go to a different part of Fiji. The Astrolabe Reef off Ono Island seemed to fill the bill. The Astrolabe Reef is large, and not much of it has been explored. The only resort currently operating on Ono Island is Oneta. They have good ratings on Trip Advisor, and one review on Undercurrent, rating it as excellent. So we booked two weeks in July for four of us. We were not disappointed. The owners, Americans Liz and Martin ( a TV producer) happened to be at the resort while we were there. They, along with manager Richard, were willing to take on any request or suggestion we had. The entire staff was extremely friendly and cheerful and always willing to help.

The resort is small, with capacity being around 25 or so. Accommodations are in single bedroom Bures or multi room Villas. Showers are outside surrounded by bamboo screens. If you go for the Turtle's Lair, be aware there is a 100 stair climb every time you go to the room. However the view is fantastic. We stayed in Vesi and it was great. We did have a hot water issue that was repaired.

The resort was purchased a few years ago and they are constantly adding improvements. The new dive shop had just opened a few weeks before we arrived. They had just added a slightly larger dive boat, Fiji Dive 2, right before we got there. All of their rental equipment is nearly new and in great condition. The resort operates on a combination of solar power and generator. When we first got there, the batteries would go dead in the wee hours of the morning so there would be no power until they started the generator around 6. Battery LED lanterns are provided. While we were there they brought additional batteries online so that there was no power loss at night and generator use was lessened. We talked to Liz and Martin about their plans for improvements and ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Fiji   Oneta

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Roatan, Fiji, Bali, Sulawesi, Caribbean, California
Closest Airport Kadavu (1.5 hr by boat) Getting There San Francisco to Nadi to Kadavu.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Initially we were restricted on time/depth/air but once the divemaster saw that we were experienced divers we were allowed to pretty much dive our own profile except that they asked we start for the safety stop at 700psi and to dive a conservative profile since there is no chamber in Fiji.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There are no camera tanks on the boat. We asked for something and they placed a tub of water on the boat (at much effort). Because it was rough that day, most of the water sloshed out of the tub. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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