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Dive Review of Kai Viti/ Wananavu and Bamboo Beach in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu -Rakiraki

Kai Viti/ Wananavu and Bamboo Beach, Mar, 2005,

by Gary and Lynne Shukster, Ont, Canada . Report 1693.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The water was very warm- 82-86 F on surface. Visibility was 20-60 Ft; Currents slight to moderate, and seas slight to choppy depending on the day. Mostly hot and sunny with a couple of rainy days in the 2 weeks we were there.

Diving was excellent with an abundance of healthy, soft coral. We were predominately diving on bommies with a tremendous number of fish on top- like swimming in an aquarium. Clown triggerfish, lionfish, scorpionfish,napoleon fish, plus all the usual.This reminds me of diving 25-30 years ago before the reefs were so beaten up.

Kai Viti Divers was an excellent operation. Mike and Julie, the owners, were very helpful. The dive crew were extremely attentive to our needs.
Basically we just gave them our equipment and they would take care of it,wash it and have it ready for the next day's diving.

We had a nasty surprise in terms of accomodation. Wawanuvu was undergoing heavy construction. The resort had nice bures and grounds but nowhere to escape from the noise of the jackhammers. However, the manager, Sarah, was helpful in arranging alternate accomodation. I'm sure Wawanuvu would be fine after the construction is completed. Be sure to check before booking.

We stayed for 5 days at Bamboo Beach Resort off the mainland. We were unable to stay longer as it was closing down -Sold? This resort had very pretty grounds although the steep climb (above the tree line) to our bures was a bit of a challenge in the heat. The bures had great views and interesting architecture. The food however, was marginal at best and not much of it. Divers at this resort, using Bamboo Divers complained about lack of care with their equipment and many wound up washing their gear in their rooms.

The remainder of our stay was spent at a private residence on the same island. The couple, Jenny and David, were extremely friendly and fed us until we burst.

In summary: this is a great dive spot, definitely use Kai Viti Divers and I think Wawanuvu Resort could be quite pleasant once the construction is completed.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Canada -Bahamas- St. Lucia -Jamaica -Dominican Republic -Cozamel -Belize -Tahiti (Moorea) - Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none within reason
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tank
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