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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Bligh Waters

Nai'a, May, 2008,

by Curt Andrus, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4105.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The crew of the Nai'a worked well together as a team. Everyone had a role and knew what was expected of them. Their interaction with guests was always relaxed and accommodating. Nitrox fills were consistently 31%. Tanks were reliably close to 3000psi on every fill. Diving was from skiffs which may prove challenging for some divers, but the skiff operators were always there to take gear and assist divers in boarding. A ladder was available if you needed it. Overnight crossings were relatively calm, but engine noise may interrupt some light sleepers. Consistently did 4 dives per day. Night dives offered on several occasions.

Weather was a bit of a let down, but you can't complain about that. Fish life was abundant and varied. A couple dives had numerous sharks, barraducas, mackerels, wahoo, jacks, etc. Most dives were around pinnacles and reefs that were covered with hard and soft corals and abundant reef fish.

Cabins were economical, but varied. Bunk beds vs. queen/king significantly affected cabin layout. Call ahead before booking to maximize your floor space. In-cabin storage was adequate, and excess baggage can be stored in bottom shelves of the camera room. All cabin had ensuite bathrooms and individual a/c control. Meals were varied and well-cooked - not overcooked.

Dive staff was knowledgable and did thorough briefings before dives. A village visit mid-way through the week gave guests a bit of local color. The evening meal that day was a lovo - traditional foods cooked in an in-ground oven with hot rocks covered with banana leaves. Take a flashlight on the village visit.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Baja, California, Caribbean (Bonnaire, BVI's, Cayman, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat), Costa Rica, Fiji, Indonesia (Sulawesi, Bali, Komodo), Palau, PNG, Seychelles,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Were allowed to dive to our certification levels
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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