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Dive Review of Nai'a Fiji in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Nai'a Fiji: "Great diving despite lack of sun", Nov, 2014,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 20 Helpful votes). Report 7997 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After first booking on the Island Dancer late in Dec 2013 (with a $700 discount), I switched to Nai'a after several poor reviews of the Dancer, forfeiting about $450, but my flights had already been booked. Nai'a is well worth the difference in price, due to comfort level of accommodations, meals, crew and diving operations. Diving is done from two rubber skiffs (8 divers plus DM and driver), but crew loads your tank/scuba unit in racks, so you don't have to climb in with your gear on your back. Enter water simultaneously via back roll; take off your scuba unit and hand up to crew, then flop yourself into skiff. Crew will help you up (they grabbed me under my arms and landed me like a tuna!) Skiffs have fishbone ladders they can lower on one side, but it was difficult to use in the rough chop, so most of the time it wasn't used. Crew transfers your tank/scuba unit from skiff to racks on back of boat, so all you have to do is step back on the boat with your fins/mask. We saw the Dancer nearby a few times; their divers had to walk down steps to the swim deck on the stern with gear on, then climbed into their skiff, which wasn't very stable (according to Nai'a crew). Nai'a has hot showers on dive deck; you get a numbered towel to reuse (dried after each dive). My only negative was that there wasn't a head on the dive deck (big camera room takes up all available space), so you had to peel off your wetsuit, shower, dry off, then dash to your cabin. Weather was mostly overcast during the week, with rain mostly during the night. With air temp around 80 deg F and winds 15-20 mph most of the time, there wasn't much sunbathing except for the hardiest. Water temp was 76-77 F at beginning of week; 79-80 later; wore 5 mm suit; many divers wore hoods, gloves, several layers. Bring gloves for shark watching dives (to hang on to dead coral)and other dives where current is strong. As to the food: meals were fantastic with fresh local ingredients (Fiji grows a lot of fruit and vegatables; beef, dairy, not to mention fish!) Continental breakfast for early risers before first dive at 6:45 am; muffins and cooked to order breakfast entree after first dive. Plated lunches and dinners, with selection of two entrees and one vegetarian. Entree choices for BLD made after dinner on previous day. Afternoon snack mid-afternoon. Soft drinks and hot drinks available 24/7. Beer and wine complimentary during dinner service, small charge at other times; liquor also available for $5/pour (honor bar). OK to bring your own beer on board. Cabins comfortable, clean, lots of storage in drawers, under bed; individually controlled AC, and hair dryer. Plenty of hot water in shower, hooks for drying bathing suits, etc. For the diving: this was my first trip to Fiji (Hawaii 10+ trips, and two to Palau), so I was somewhat familiar with Pacific fish, but I saw a lot of fish that were new to me. I'm not a photographer, so I enjoy looking for new things on each dive (I counted 21 different butterly). Dive sites were chosen based on conditions (wind, currents), but they seem to have a regular itinerary, and since you rarely dive close to an island, visibility is pretty good (no worries about runoff from rain, rivers, etc.) Two dives in Nigali passage to watch reef sharks from "bleachers" along one side (not a shark feed). Other dives were a mixture of drifts, circumnavigating underwater mounts, etc. with lots of fish, soft and hard corals, anemone, etc. Very strong currents on some dives. One of the divers had only 15 dives prior to this trip (she did fine), but most were veterans with hundreds of dives or more. Hosts Josh and Amanda do a fantastic job, along with the Fiji crew. Kava ceremony and singing on boat one night with crew and guests. Visit to local village late Thursday afternoon with singing, dancing, kava ceremony. This was well worth doing, and the people were genuinely welcoming and appreciative of our gifts. (I brought several tubes of toothpaste and antibiotic cream). Three dives on Friday, with boat returning to port in the afternoon, then dinner onboard. Continental breakfast on Sat., with shuttle pickup at 8 am to day hotel (Raffles) or airport. I'd do this trip again. I arrived the Monday prior and spent 5 nights at Pacific Harbor, then got a day room at Raffles after the Nai'a to use the exercise room, pool, and relax before the evening flight.
Websites Nai'a Fiji   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, all Hawaiian isles, Palau, Maldives, Lake Tahoe
Closest Airport Nadi Getting There Non-stop from LA; arrive about 6 am; shuttle pickup at 1 pm; get a day room

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; follow DM or go on own with buddy.
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 N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I'm not a photographer, but there was a large enclosed camera room with shelves, towels, charging stations.
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