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Dive Review of Marlin Bay Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Marlin Bay Resort, Apr, 2003,

by Juli Tracy & Dick Gamble, CA, USA . Report 447.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth 110 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No camera table on shore, and limited table space in rooms to work on cameras -- ended up doing most changing film, etc. on bathroom sink for the best light. On boat there were sheltered areas to change film, and two rinse tanks.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dive resort was very nicely appointed -- clean, comfortable, spacious bures. Food was also good, although breakfast could benefit by being a buffet, because often by the time everyone was served (7:00 start time), it was a rush to make the boat by 8:00. Diving was a letdown after being on the Aggressor the week before, but as the week progressed the divemasters took us to better and better sites! The divemasters we had were excellent--showed us creatures we never would have found and were always somewhere around, even though they were never intrusive. We are usually the last on board because we take so long in photographing and there was always a divemaster somewhere around us until we actually started our ascent after the safety stop. Two dives a day isn't quite enough diving for us, but since it took a long time to get to and from the sites (about 30-45 minutes usually), it was often close to 2 by the time we sat down to lunch, so a third dive would have been difficult. Overall we enjoyed the pampering and the beauty of the island and the islanders. If we don't return, it will be because the diving, though good, was not as good as we experienced on the Aggressor.
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