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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Nai'a, Feb, 2008,

by Ken Everett / Olga Gorbounova, IL, USA ( 1 report). Report 3948.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Roatan, Bonaire, Dominican Republic, Red Sea, PNG
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Up to diver discretion. Very accomodating.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 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 The boat was very photographer friendly and the crew was unbelievably careful with equipment.

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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We enjoyed the trip so much we (and another passenger) rearranged our travel plans and booked the following cruise when we learned space was available.

Don't know what the crew could have done to make the entire experience more enjoyable. Every request was accommodated as much as possible. Dives were rearranged as needed to take advantage of the best possible weather/current conditions. Night dives were always available even if only one person wanted to go. The skiff drivers were very responsive to pick you up shortly after surfacing.

The cruise director, Sonia Goggel kept everything running perfectly and presented very informative mini-seminars during the morning surface intervals on reef life. The dive briefings were very comprehensive. Captain John, Sonia and the entire crew made you feel as though we were sharing with their family; consistent with Fijian people in general.

Considering her age we were amazed at what good condition the boat was in. As sailors and yacht owners, we could only hope our two-year-old yacht had as little head odor, diesel smell and lack of typical boat smell as the Naia.

Accommodations were extremely comfortable. The salon was gracefully transformed after every meal to a comfortable social / educational area.

This was our first live-aboard and we are concerned that the high level of this start leaves room for disappointment on other vessels. We feel we received more than our moneys worth and then some. The diving was spectacular and the service superb. We would have stayed for a third cruise if it had been possible!

Thank you to all on the Nai'a!
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