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

Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Beach Resort, May, 2005,

by Barbara Petrecca, MD, USA . Report 2035.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Maui, Bimini, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Soccorro Islands, St Thomas, Monterey Bay, Pensacola, Key Largo, Hatteras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Forget developing 35 MM as the facilities are not available. The boat did have a small space for cameras but most of my set up and break down was done in my room. I took over 600 digital photos in 10 dives. This is a great place for macro photography... anemone fish galore... and what colors. The water is clearer than the atlantic (although there can be some backscatter issues from time to time) Reef tops can be found at 15 - 20 feet making natural light available. I fell in love...

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The resort is simply wonderful (definitely worth the two hour bus ride after a 16 hour plane ride from the east coast.) Small with lots of personal attention. The food was excellent (we were on a meal plan - buffet breakfast, lunch menu, 3 choices a night for dinner entre)- you have got to try their banana ice cream dessert. The chef and wait staff fall over themselves to meet your every need. There was some local entertainment. The buras are roomy (we had a garden views - due to construction), modern and well kept with daily maid service... the grounds are nicely manicured (even with the construction). Please note that the resort is built into the base of a mountain (or foothill to some) - so be prepared for steps and hilly walkways. I can not say enough good things about the resort, the staff and my experience... Internet access (dial up) is available if you have to be in touch with the outside world but I wanted to be away from all that - I wanted relaxation. As for the diving, the dive sites are pristine (many do not travel to that side of the island)- nice reefs with lots of swim-thrus. The dive masters are fantastic, knowledgeable and were constantly pointing out the small critters on our guided tours... Our experienced group were allowed to dive within our limits and abilities. Plenty to see from 100 - 20 feet. The normal day - up for breakfast, 2 dives, back for lunch, hang by the pool (no ocean swimming there) - then dinner, bed repeat... just what the doctor ordered. The only down side - the dive operator owner was not interested in working with us to accommodate our group with additional dives - traveling that far, 12 - 14 dives are simply not enough. but... NO WORRIES....it was wonderful.
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