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Dive Review of Dive Kadavu in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu

Dive Kadavu, Nov, 2002,

by Steve Evers, CA, USA . Report 315.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Dive Kadavu (formerly Matana Beach Resort) is run by a very pleasant and enjoyable Australian couple, Bob and Rena Forster. This was our second visit in two years to this resort. There are 10 bures most of which are beachfront. The bures at the end (number 9 and 10) are the best if you want to get away from the main area where there is more foot traffic. The rooms are in good shape and are cleaned daily. Food is served in a main dining area. Breakfast is buffet and you specify lunch and dinner choices during breakfast from a limited menu which is posted each morning. Food runs from OK to quite good. The dive operation consists of two pontoon boats which each handle no more than about 8 divers, including guide, and are used for local diving. There is also a fast boat, which was recently upgraded by adding about 2 meters to the equipment/sitting area and an additional engine, to get to the dive sites at the west end of the island more quickly (this boat is also used to go to Astrolabe Reef when there is enough demand and conditions permit). There are two dive guides: Joeli, an indigenous Fijian divemaster, and Issac, a Kiwi dive instructor. For me it was Joeli, Issac, Bob, and Rena that made us want to return to this resort for a second time. These are some of the friendliest people I have met in my travels. I love to joke and goof with people and these folks love that! The local diving has degraded in recent years due to El Nino effects which have had a significant effect on the hard corals. Joeli, with his very thorough knowledge of the local dive sites, has made the local diving very enjoyable in spite of the coral damage. Joeli will give detailed briefings before each dive telling you where and when to expect many of the fish and critters on the dive. He carries an etch-a-sketch type writing tablet with him and will write down the name of any interesting fish or critter that he encounters. Diving on either end of the island will generally reveal healthier coral and a higher probability of big animals.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palua, Truk, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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