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Dive Review of Mai Dive Astrolabe in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu/Ono Islands

Mai Dive Astrolabe, Apr, 2011,

by Bill Markley, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6039.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Nice place amd nice people. Family owned. Very remote. Small, only 3 bures (two small and one large). Simple but very well kept and comfortable. Still new and improving. Only been in operation two years. Medium size boat with room for 6 divers plus a couple smaller boats. This permitted local Astrolabe reef diving only along the east side of Ono Island. Only resort on Ono Island so we were the only boat at the sites. Dive operations on Kadavu Island do not come this far north. Since they did not have a larger boat with bigger engines, we could not reach the nicer more well known sites on the reef around Kadavu. Food was OK. They grow their own veggies and fruit. They do not have a PADI certified instructor. Dive masters from the local village were OK at best. No A/C, no cell service. They do have WiFi/internet. They advertise snorkeling with the manta rays. There is cleaning station but the manta rays were not there during our stay. There is no shopping, spa, massage, and no touristy type stuff, excursions, hiking, etc. Just relaxing and diving.
Websites Mai Dive Astrolabe   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Roatan, Southern California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 81-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-100 Ft/ 3-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions follow dive master; do safety stop with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on land; nothing on the boat. No thought given to UWPs equipment. Where there was time a separate dive master sometimes guided UWPs separately to allow for better and more close up attention to opportunities.
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