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Dive Review of Lalati Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa

Lalati Resort, Jun, 2002,

by Malcolm Leader-Picone, CA, USA . Report 231.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji (Taveuni); Hawaii; Saba; Grand Turk; Little Cayman; Roatan; Costa Rica; Cozumel; Bequia; California; Virgin Islands; Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Incredible macro opportunities. It seems like we saw every kind of nudibranch in the book and then some!

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 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Lalati Resort is a fabulous place! Linda Kwansy, the owner, and allof her staff made us feel like part of their family
during our ten nights at Lalati. The bures are beautiful and huge, handmade by the local islanders. The food is superb.We
certainly miss the mellow gatherings before dinner to imbibe (and not just the mandatory kava) and listen to the staff sing.
In addition, we had wonderful massages and pedicures, fire walkers and local dancers!

As to the diving, Seta, the local divemaster, is utterly amazing in his ability to find every manner of rare species: frog fish, leaf fish,
every type of nudibranch in the books, shrimp, eels, you name it, Seta found it for us. The corals in Beqa Lagoon are among the
healthiest we have seen anywhere, hard and soft. The colors are fantastic. There are millions of juvenile fish of all the indo-pacific
varieties. In addition, large schools of barracuda and jack cruised the reefs. Then, there were the sharks. Predominantly white tip,
but with black tips and nurse sharks thrown in for good measure. There was only one dive in nine days of diving when we did not
come close to a shark. The diving in Beqa Lagoon is primarily on bommies, or pinnacles. We would drop to the sandy bottom and
slowly spiral our way to the top, which would be in 15 to 30 feet of water. On the top of the bommies, the amount of fish life and
effusiveness of corals was unbelievable. Novices may be put off a bit at times by currents, but Seta was expert at avoiding the
currents and leading the dives in such a way as to minimize any encounters with current.

Lalati is a wonderful tiny paradise, from the moment you step off the boat into the shallow waters lapping at the small beach,
to the tearful farewell, with all the staff gathered to sing to you as you depart.
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