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Dive Review of Moody's Namena in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Namena island

Moody's Namena, Dec, 2005,

by Jane Schmitt, HI, USA . Report 2354.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Coral Sea, Australia, Palau & Truk in Micronesia, Vanua Levu, Beqa, Taveuni in Fiji, Big island, Kauai, Niihau in Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Bay Islands, Belize, Chinchorro banks, Jamaica, Dominica Isles de Saints, St. Kitts, Tobago, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Since my husband & I were the only 2 guests (& both are experienced divers) we were able to designate our depth/ time limits & had no interference from dive masters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]Boat is not set up for photographers, however since it was just 2 of us, the divemasters made sure there was fresh water for rinsing and handled camera with care

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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Namena Barrrier reef was designated a marine preserve 2 years ago and it is a spectacular underwater ecosystem. The hard & soft corals were extremely healthy and life on the beautiful bommies in the lagoon and drop-offs on the outside was incredibly diverse and plentiful. Large pelagics (sharks, dolphins, giant gropers) could regularly be seen on the wall dives, while on the bommies there was a plethora of fish & critters including: several species of anemonefish, lionfish, many species of anthias, triggerfishes, many angelfish species (notably, Emperor angel) and odd-balls such as leaf scorpion fish and ribbon eels. The visibility was generally good to excellent, with only one day of plankton bloom in the early Fijiian summer & there was normally a light current.
Although Moody's does have 6 bures, we were the only guests the week we visited. The 125 acre Namena island is quite remote, being 25 miles south of Vanua Levu and therefore, I am sure it is difficult to supply and keep the resort running.We had no glitches during out stay but if there was more than 1 UWP, re-charging digital cameras would have been a problem. The bures are rustic, but with great sea/ jungle views-but windows & doors have no screens & mosiquito net on bed is a MUST! Food was plentiful and varied, but not gourmet.
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