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

Kai Viti/Wananavu, Jun, 2006,

by Bill Ehler, Texas, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3061.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Kai Viti Divers were excellent.They dive the same areas as the liveaboard boats. After 36 years of diving this land based dive operation is among the very best. The dive jet boat is sea worthy, fast, comfortable, extremely well maintained, equipped with GPS(they found their underwater buoys with no difficulty) and has a potty. The crew could not do enough for us. The dive guides gave excellent briefings and guided underwater tours. If you wanted to do your own thing that was OK with them.
During high current encounters the crew put out a long bow to stern safety(Jesus)line. This prevented many divers from having to be retrieved. Kai Viti Divers was the highlight of this trip.
Wananavu Resort had changed ownership and management prior to our trip. The accommodations are still very good but the food and service has deteriorated dramatically from two years prior. Repeated complaints to management regarding food and service during our stay did not result in any improvements.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Marshall Islands, Manado, Lembeh, Sipadan, Mabul, Lankayan, Layang Layang, Truk, Red Sea, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, PNG, Philippines, Solomon Island, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nuie, Kosrae, Columbia, Turks Caicos, Bimini, Florida, Texas and Socorro Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only restriction was that we did not exceed 130 ft. We were permitted to dive our own computers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was no dedicated camera storage area on the boat. Our group only had two photographers. The crew would have provided soak tank if requested.
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