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

Kai Viti Divers/Wananavu Resort, Aug, 2006,

by Julian Lamborn, TX, USA . Report 2629.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Truk, Yap, Hawaii, San Juans, Gulf of California, all over the Caribbean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Borneo (Sipidan)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive own profile but keep the divemaster in view
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh water tank for cameras and a camera table available

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our dive party did eight days of boat diving with up to seventeen dives each. The two jet dive boats of Kai Viti Divers were clean, fast and spacious (and have real heads!). The on-board dive support staff (typically four per boat, including the captain, for 6 - 10 divers) were very helpful. Giant stride in and wide rear ladder or rear steps for exit. Journey time to the dive sites varied from 20 minutes to an hour and between dives hot chocolate and cake were served. Dive sites were pristine with beautiful soft and hard coral surrounded by miriads of reef fish. Not a lot of pelagics, a white-tip shark or two on most dives, a 5 ft. ray, bump head parrot fish, many morays and barracudas were observed. No turtles seen. Many nudibranchs, crinoids and other less mobile species were found including a ghost pipe fish that was almost indistinguishable from the soft coral around it. Water temperature was on the cool side of pleasant, occasional heavy currents were encountered on swim throughs but the diving was quite suitable for moderately experienced folk and overall was a great and colorful dive experience for everyone in our group.

Kai Viti Divers provided a high level of service, picking up the dive gear from the living accommodation (bures) in the Wananavu Resort on the first day, setting it up on the tanks each day, washing and drying it daily and finally returning it to the accommodation on the last day: all tank switches during the dives were done by the boat staff and this made for a first class dive experience. One three tank dive expedition was undertaken, with packed lunch provided by the Resort, and we also did one late afternoon dive followed by a rather disappointing night dive (in the rain).

The weather in August was, for the most part, good with plenty of sun. There was one wet day and a couple of windy days, but all in all it made a pleasant change from Houston in August!

The Resort is near Rakiraki (at the very north of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu) and is two and a half hours away from Nandi airport at the end of a four kilometer dirt road. If one stays a week the round trip (organized by the resort) is free, otherwise the trip costs $100 Fijian (~$66 US) per vehicle each way. The Resort accommodation itself was of a high standard and very clean. For non-divers (or on dive rest days) the Resort had many trips or activities in which to take part. One could kayak round the shore, fish, play tennis, visit the local communities or go river rafting. For those in beach-front bures there was an easy five minute walk up the cliff-side to the reception/dining area. The food was tasty and plentiful and ranged from local delicacies through Indian, Chinese and Western cuisines. Breakfast was served buffet style whereas both lunch and dinner were menu driven with different "specials" each day. When checking out from Wananavu allow at least an hour to fully review the bill since book-keeping inaccuracies and lost signed drink vouchers tend to confuse the final numbers.

The combination of Wananavu and Kai Viti makes for a great and interesting dive vacation.
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