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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Water, Namena Reserve

Nai'a, Feb, 2008,

by Kirsten Carlson, WA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3959.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji; Kona, Hawai'i; Carmel-Monterey, California; Ross Island, Antarctica; Inside Passage, Southeast Alaska; Cornwallis Island, Canadian Arctic
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 85 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions To dive safe and respect the reef environment.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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 Nai'a is designed for the underwater photographer, videographer. The divemasters seek out small things for the macro. The shipboard facilities are great for taking care of everything relating to between-dive camera preparation and maintenance.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Nai'a is the ideal platform from which to connect with Fiji's underwater world. Not only because the flora and fauna are fantastic, but the actual liveaboard experience--the crew and the boat herself--puts the 'icing on the cake'.

The start of our trip was punctuated by stormy, windy weather, and because of the flexibility of the Nai'a crew, we were able to shift our schedule so that we visited sheltered dive sites first.

Their motto, "enter as a guest and leave as a friend" rang so true for me, it inspired me start planning another trip while still aboard.

The freedom and responsibility they bestow upon every diver is rare in a world where rules and regulations seem to be the norm.

I am both mesmerized and overwhelmed by the diversity of hard corals, soft corals, fishes, nudibranchs, and crabs I see on each and every dive. Even the tunicates and sponges are over the top. So much so, that in my professional life as an artist, I am creating artwork to connect people to Fiji's amazing underwater world.

Every dive was so easy! It was preceded by a briefing and map of the site. Getting to and from divesites was super convenient--aboard agile and speedy inflatables. And always a smile and helping hand when donning dive gear and cameras. I was spoiled by the third dive.

The daily cycle of dive a fantastic site-eat great food-dive-eat-dive-eat-dive-eat-sleep was augmented by song playing, conversation, napping, a visit to a local village, and personalized informational presentations about Fijian marine life by Sonia, our hostess.

I went on every single dive, and every single dive connected me to something new and wonderous.

I highly recommend Nai'a to people who want a personal connection to both the underwater world of Fiji and to a warm-hearted boat and crew.
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