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Dive Review of Fiji Scuba/Matagi Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Matagi Island

Fiji Scuba/Matagi Island Resort, Mar, 2002,

by James McMeins, WA, USA . Report 63.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 3 minute safety stops at end of each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera table on boat and had to request camera bucket put on boat.

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 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 3rd stay at Matagi and it is excellant. For the price and its remoteness this is a 1st class oepration and we will continue to go back there. The food was always excellant and the staff is very attentive to your needs. They offered to upgrade us to one of the delux bures but we declined. Although #1 used to be the oldest it was recently refinished and we enjoyed the extra room this bure provides. The dive operation is still run by Carol & Nigle Douglas and the jet boat is an excellant dive platform. Fish life is still abudant in this area as well as big fish. We got in the water with a large school of pilot whales and dolpins on one dive, it was great! Went and explored several new sites this trip as well as the usual ones. Warming waters and algea are also having a negative effect here as most of reef tops are brown or covered with algea. Did the day trip to Somasoma Straight, hit the Great White wall at full tide, what a ride! Shore diving is improving each year, more and more of the reef off the resort is coming back to life and lots of fish here. Night dives are excellant. Dive operation had new instructor/diveguide who was really unfamiliar with a lot of the divesites, we had to tell him what some of the dives were we wanted to do and get the native crew to show him where they were. 1st 3 days we were there, the wind was up and was really rough, several divers got seasick, the rest of the time we were there it was mostly calm. The trip to the local village is a real eye opener and if you plan on going to Matagi, take some boxes of pencils/crayons & tablets with you. It is really appreciated by the children in the school as well as sporting equipment, i.e. soccer balls, basketballs etc.
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