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Dive Review of Nai'a Fiji in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Nai'a Fiji: "A windy time on the Nai'a", May, 2017,

by Mark Rosenstein, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 9594 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 4 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 twelfth trip aboard the Nai'a, my favorite liveaboard in the world. While the diving is great, and the boat is well laid-out and comfortable, it is the Fijian crew that make it special. They are friendly. All speak English. They have a great attitude, joking with each other and playing guitar on the deck in the evenings.

Colorful reef fish are seen by the thousands. I logged 510 species during the ten-day cruise. Several sites have schools of barracudas and trevally, and it wasn't unusual to see reef sharks, mackerel and tuna at open ocean drop offs. They do a shark dive without feeding at a passage with 10 - 20 grey reef sharks circling. You can see natural behavior and get close to the sharks without the dangers of shark feeding. And after twelve trips, I am still finding new fish I haven't seen before. A personal highlight of this trip was seeing and photographing a Golden Angelfish, Centropyge aurantia.

The sites visited usually had great coral coverage too. Walls were covered in pink, orange and yellow soft corals. Reef tops were beautiful hard coral gardens. And there were critters: several octopus were seen, and turtles, and a vast variety of nudibranchs, shrimp, and crabs.

This trip was unusually windy. This made for choppy water that made getting into and out of the skiffs tricky, but two strong crewmen were always there to assist. Those same winds made some of the ocean crossings bumpier than usual, but I took my dramamine and slept through them, as the boat moves mostly by night. They were good at finding quiet bays to anchor in, and still offered night dives about half of the evenings we were there.
Websites Nai'a Fiji   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Komodo, Lembeh, Tulamben, Palau, Solomons, Wakatobi, GBR, Galapagos, many Caribbean
Closest Airport Nadi, Fiji Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-75 Ft/ 9-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I was looking for some unusual fish and they were happy to let me go as deep as my Nitrox mix would allow, and into shallow surf zones too. Most of the other divers stayed in the 80 - 15 ft range.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 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 The boat has a dedicated camera room just off the dive deck, and two large rinse tanks. The crew handle moving cameras between the dive deck and the skiffs and know how to handle the rigs safely. Dive briefings include advice on whether to prepare for macro or wide angle, and likely subjects.
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