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

Kai Viti/Wananavu, Nov, 2004,

by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA . Report 1568.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Yucatan, Columbia, Palau, Yap, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, buddy
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 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 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 I was looking for land based accomodations but wanted to experience the sites where livaboards take divers. Kai Viti Divers was a great solution. When the weather cooperated, we were taken out to the Bligh Waters to dive sites such as Black Magic Mountain, G-6, Garden of Eden, and many more. We saw schools of tuna and fusiliers, grey, whitetip, and blacktip reef sharks,numerous baracuda, hawkfish, peacock nudibranchs, lionfish, amazing soft corals,huge sea fans,caverns, swimthroughs, and millions of anthias.

On rough days we dove inside the passage at surprisingly good sites where we saw bommies topped with soft corals and swirling anthias, crevices with soft corals lining entire walls, grey reef sharks, octopus, blennies, anenomefish and more.

The owners, Julie and Mike Trussel, cater to more experienced divers and were eager to get us to the outside sites. Mike was flexible with dive site choices and we dove our own profiles. The boat is fast and comfortable, with a head,camera table,plenty of dry storage areas, protected seating areas, and camera designated rinse buckets. The staff will rinse and dry your gear and then have it set up for you when you get to the boat the next morning.

Wananavu is a two hour drive north of Nadi and Kai Viti docks their boat in front of the resort. The staff were extremely friendly and cheerful and the rooms were clean,well equipped and comfortable. The two bedroom villa has an enormous deck, washer and dryer, and kitchen. Meals were pretty good, however it was very evident when the head chef had the day off. Breakfast is a continental buffet plus menu items. Lunch is a choice of various soups, sandwiches and burgers, and dinner is a choice of three entres, starters, vegies and desserts.

This was my sixth trip to Fiji and some of the best diving I've had.
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