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

Nai'a, May, 2008,

by Lori Pottinger, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4116.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Nai'a was our best diving experience ever. We travelled w/ 4 other family members from far afield, meeting in Fiji for a week on the Nai'a and a few days at Beqa Lagoon Resort (see separate entry). We all agreed it was a fabulous experience: incredible crew, wonderful boat, amazing dive spots, and very good food. The dive masters were masterful at finding critters, and ensuring safety. Daily naturalist briefings were icing on the cake. The underwater world in Fiji is simply miraculous, and the Nai'a took us to some of the best sites we've seen--consistently. The DMs know this area better than I do my own bathtub, and their enthusiasm was infectious. DM Sonia was the star of the show, with her great love of Fiji's sealife and people, and her lovely personality (sadly. she'll be leaving Fiji for the Red Sea later this year.) Capt. Johnathon and his entire crew made us feel like we were in good hands, and frankly, like family. The crew were gracious, at ease in their duties, and dedicated to providing a comfortable, safe experience.

The diving from the Nai'a offered everything from sharks (many) and Giant Morays to tiny critters in the sand and coral nooks. We saw lots of scorpionfish, sea snakes, pipe fish, and SWARMS of anthias and other colorful denizens (on nearly every dive).

Having a professional videographer aboard almost made our own photography unnecessary; his (for sale) video of our week on the Nai'a was a superb souvenir of a great week of diving.

The food was very good--excellent breakfasts (first dive was preceded by a 'pre-breakfast' of toast, cereal, juice and coffee), hearty hot lunches (including one of the best fish tacos i've had), snacks between dive 2 and 3 (usually freshmade baked goods and popcorn, but sometimes savories like sashimi or fish-balls--yum!), and a good sized dinner that included choice of two main courses, soup or salad (their choice), a carb and veg, and dessert. Soups were espec excellent.

Our group included two tireless divers who went on every night dive, so night dives were avail on all but two nights.

An excellent field trip to a village half way through the trip allowed us to see how local people live, and to bring a few gifts (wind up flashlights, medical supplies and toothbrushes are recommended by the Nai'a). We ended up doing the Snake Dance through their community hall after a few bowls of Kava.

Wish we were still on board!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Hawaii, Fiji-Taveuni
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 45-75 Ft/ 14-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits for Nitrox, safety sausages required
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments lots of room in the camera area. professional underwater videographer aboard. plug ins in salon for computers to download and review. photo show of clients' pix on last night.
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