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Dive Review of Nai'a/Castaway Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Nai'a/Castaway Resort, Apr, 2006,

by Juli Tracy and Dick Gamble, CA, USA . Report 3011.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean - BVI, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman, St. Lucia, Grenada, SVG, Turks & Caicos...
Pacific - Palau, Yap, Indonesia, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None, except common sense
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate Camera Room with lots of space for storage, but not much room for actually working on a camera (lots of shelves, but too high to work on). With only half the full complement of divers, we were fine, but with the boat full, it would be very crowded. Lots of cockroaches in the camera room!!
Crew careful with cameras, and crew knowledgeable about camera techniques and settings. Liz and Josh (divemasters) showed videos of theirs (educational, too) each night, and these were excellent.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments GOOD -- Cabins were roomy, diving was beautiful, and easy. Dove from dinghies, but there was no time constraint -- they would pick you up wherever and whenever you surfaced. Divemasters were very safety conscious and knowledgeable. Diving in Fiji is excellent--beautiful hard and soft corals; although there was some bleaching, it made the corals even prettier--pastel colors. Tons of fish.

Crew, native Fijiians and Liz and Josh, were excellent. Went out of their way to help and entertained us each night with their singing; we were always welcome to join in the kava party.

Visit to Fijiian village was also fun -- not too long and we felt welcomed by the villagers.

Itinerary on 14 day trip (another VERY good point -- if we have to travel for that long, we want to have a long liveaboard trip). We started diving the very first day, then motored overnight (very calm, in the lee of the big island Viti Levu) to our next destination. Dove mostly between the two big islands, where diving is probably the best in Fiji. Dove the regular dive schedule even on the last day, then motored back to port during the night, in time to disembark Saturday morning. So got good diving, easy travelling, and a full 13 1/2 days diving.

BAD -- cockroaches upstairs, food.
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