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

Nai'a Fiji, Apr, 2012,

by Ralph Arbeid, GE, Switzerland (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 6535.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Red Sea, Madagascar
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 28 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions. In fact nobody checked though briefing of best profile was given
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Set up for photographers was perfect without hesitation

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The expectations to dive in Fiji were very high, maybe too high. Maybe we were unlucky as we arrived just after a major nature event with heavy storms and major flooding. The boat was excellent, the crew fantastic. The dive briefing so-so and underwater indications from the guides limited to the bare minimum. We have experienced better. Much better. The corals were the most beautiful we have ever seen, the reef fish by the millions, multicolor, but there was nothing really special. Pelagians very few (20 greys and 20 white tips in 35 dives), mantas few (4 or 5), turtles few (3 or 4), one sting ray and two eagle rays. No special critters. A few pipefish, literally two leaf fish. The money for value of the boat was excellent, the money for value of the diving was so-so. Was it worth traveling 48 hours each way? NO!!!! Absolutely not! It's a great destination for who lives in NZ or Australia, SE Asia, but not worth the trip from Europe. There is so much better in Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia, less than half the travel time. What we did not appreciate was the fact that 2 weeks before the start of our cruise a fuel surcharge was dumped on us without appeal. So beware of surprises.
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