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Dive Review of Nai'a Fiji in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Waters

Nai'a Fiji: "World-Class Pinnacle Diving", Nov, 2014,

by Jorge J. Moré, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8057.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Do you want to dive in Fiji? Then I suggest that the Nai'a is the liveaboard for you.

We were diving the Bligh Waters, between the Fiji islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. This area is rich in history and natural beauty. The Naia is well-designed, and has all the standard amenities (but not a hot tub). The rooms are large and beautiful (I had a king size bed!), and so are the showers. The AC worked well with control in every cabin, a feature that I love.

The food was fantastic. Mita, the head chef, prepared first-rate meals. You choose the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu each day, with three choices for each meal. Wine was complimentary at dinner time.

The hosts, Josh and Amanda, are a wonderful team, knowledgeable, and with a great sense of humor. On the evening of the first day, Joshua joined some of the crew in a welcome ceremony with songs in some dialect of Fijian; Josh knew the songs and sang along. It seems like both he and Amanda know Fijian. Amazing! Of special interest were the ecological lectures on marine life that Joshua offered each day after lunch.

Josh and Amanda wrote a DiveMaster diary that makes a nice complement to this report. Read at

[naia.com.fj link].

The crew was top-notch. On many liveaboards you get to know a few of the crew, like the captain, the skiff drivers, and the divemasters. In this case, I interacted with almost all the crew. After a dive the receiving crew would be waiting for us, shouting Bula!. We would shout back, with great gusto, Bula!. It was really fun. At night some of the crew would gather and play guitar (and other string instruments) and drink kava (I would tell you more about this, but it would take too long). If you wanted, you could join them. These were special occasions indeed.

Many in the crew have been with the Nai'a for several years. Indeed, the Nai'a has only one crew; they sail together and take breaks together. I have the impression that this is a unique feature of the Nai'a. The advantage is that the crew is essentially a family that works together.

But what about the diving? We saw grey reef and white tip sharks, a few hammerheads, a scalloped hammerhead, and tons and tons of barracuda. On one dive a massive silver tip came to inspect some of us; some time later we were surrounded by more than 100 barracudas. This is good in terms of pelagics but it does not compare with Cocos or Galapagos where you can count on dozens of sharks on most dives. Much depends on the current, and we did not meet stiff currents on most days. On the other hand, if you are looking for amazing, really amazing soft corals, and large schools of fish, then this is the place for you. The Namena marine reserve has several wonderful pinnacle dives that are world-class. If you get bored looking at the coral or the schools of fish, you can look at the cracks in the corals for nudibranches and cleaning shrimp, for example. These pinnacle dives were the best that I can remember.

Not to be missed was the visit to Makogai Island. There was a short tour of the island with visits to the giant clams and the historical leper colony buildings, and then a small ceremony with dancing by some of the local children (they are given time off from school during these visits) and kava drinking. I did not feel awkward and throughly enjoyed the visit.


Websites Nai'a Fiji   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Truk (Chuuk), Philippines, Palau, Yap, Socorro, Galapagos, Cocos, Cayman Islands, Turk and Caicos, Bahamas, Thailand, Coral Sea, Cozumel, Bermudas, Belize
Closest Airport Nadi Getting There Los Angeles to Nadi direct via New Zealand Airways

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They assumed that you were a responsible diver but if asked, they would provide as much guidance as needed.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

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