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Dive Review of Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Rakiraki, Viti Levu

Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Beach Resort, Jun, 2007,

by Rick Bates, Ontario, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3566.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Australia, British Columbia, Great Lakes, Bahamas, Curacao, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Florida, North Carolina.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh, separate bucket always provided. Crew happy to assist with camera needs.

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 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We did extensive research on diving and resorts prior to selecting Wananavu/Kai Viti and were not disappointed. We were met at Nadi airport as arranged, and enjoyed the two hour drive to the opposite end of the island, although we were not expecting it. The driver was full of information about sites and local history along the way. On arrival, all bags taken down to our beachfront bure for us, and dive gear left out for morning pick up by dive shop staff. Gear was rinsed and placed out for us on the boat each morning after that, and rinsed out and hung to dry after our last dive of the week. Staff on board the boat included a husband and wife team who were superb! Briefings, safety, and diver comfort always paramount. There was always a dive master in the water if you wanted to follow him around, very good at pointing out small critters and special features. Fresh home baked snacks and drinks available after every dive, which were most welcomed. We often had to cross the channel to pick up divers at another resort, which wasnt a big deal. No more than 8 to 10 divers every day on a boat that was set up for about 16, so there was lots of room. Limited space with protection from the sun however. Their second boat appeared to be roomier, but it was always more crowded, so we were happy to be on the smaller boat.

Dives were wonderful, although they got a little repetitious as the week went on, but the crew was happy to take us further out into the Bligh Waters (Kora Sea) where the diving was nothing short of spectacular. Some trips were 3 tank dives with boxed lunches provided by the resort if ordered the night prior. No big fish during this time of year, but macro and reef life more than made up for it.

We spoke to a number of other divers at Wananavu who were booked in with the other dive shop nearby who had many complaints, and it was clear that we were with the better operation of the two.

The report itself was everything that we expected. Meals were fully stocked buffet breakfasts, including omelettes to order. Lunch and dinner were from a limited selection from a menu. Food was always reliable, but nothing too spectacular. The staff remembers your name from the moment you arrive and were 100% attentive and helpful throughout our stay. Many afternoon activities offered, including visit to a local village, all were fun and worth the effort. Our package deal including dives and meals was very economical, and I would recommend. The bures have large showers, double sinks and great AC.

We did not sense or see any effects of the ongoing political problems in Fiji. If we went back, we would choose Wananavu & Kai Viti again, but also stay in Fiji longer, and do at least 4 more days somewhere completely different.
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