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Dive Review of Nai'a Fiji in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Central Fiji

Nai'a Fiji, Oct, 2013,

by Mark Rosenstein, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 7324.

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

Accommodations 4 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my seventh cruise on the Naia, my favorite liveaboard. While the diving is great and boat facilities very good, what really makes the Naia shine for me is the crew of native Fijians. They are all very friendly, helpful and hard working. The owner, Rob Barrel, was aboard training new cruise directors Joshua and Amanda. This left some of the briefings a little uneven.

A typhoon went through Fiji last spring and damaged the coral in some shallow sites. Yet six months later, there is already visible regrowth and hope that in a couple of years most of these pinnacle tops and shallow coral gardens will have complete coverage. No worry, there are still plenty of places that look great now.

As most of the guests were experienced divers who had been on the Naia before, we did some exploratory dives in places the boat had never been before, which was interesting. Some sites they may go back to; others not. We also had two novices along, who mostly were well taken care of in the water. However on one particularly difficult high current dive, a dive master abandoned one beginning diver to follow a shark, leaving other guests to help the novice deal with the current.
Websites Nai'a Fiji   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Wakatobi, Komodo, Lembeh, GBR, Maldives, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez, many Caribbean destinations.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 77-90°F / 25-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None, other than the occasional one hour time limit for night or dusk dives. Guidelines were given, but the details or whether to follow them or not are left to us.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Excellent camera room just off the dive deck with plenty of work space and charging stations. Two rinse tanks just for cameras. Crew handle your camera between the ready area and the skiffs and are very careful and know what they are doing. Most dives have both wide angle and macro possibilities, making the setup decision difficult.
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