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Dive Review of Oneta Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Ono Island, Kadavu

Oneta Resort: "Off-the-Beaten Path Resort, Great Diving/Service, Idyllic Setting", May, 2024,

by Hugh E Aaron, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 12987.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments TRIP OVERVIEW

Note: This trip overview is the same for my reviews of both Oneta Resort (this review) and Paradise Taveuni (reviewed separately). The other sections of this review are specific to the particular resort/dive operation being reviewed.

We spent about three weeks in Fiji in late April and early May, 2024. We booked all our flights on one ticket, which is easy to do with Fiji Airways. That is important because the more generous international baggage allowances apply to all flights, including all inter-island flights, if the inter-island flights are booked on the same itinerary as the international flights.

We initially flew into Nadi (pronounced “Nandi”) on the overnight flight from San Francisco. Nadi is Fiji’s international airport. It is on Viti Levu, the largest of the Fijian islands, which some Fijian’s call the “mainland.” Interestingly, Nadi is not the capital. The capital is Suva, which is on the opposite side of Viti Levu. We spent four days in Nadi at the Platinum Cawa Apartments near the airport. We booked our apartment through Booking.com. The apartments are huge and the location is great for exploring the area. But it is not near the beach. We rented a car and toured Nadi and the surrounding area on our own. Highlights were touring the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, hiking in the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park and a guided tour of the Tavuni Hill Fort remains near Sigatoka.

Our Verizon Ultimate Unlimited Plan worked fine in Fiji. However, that plan is limited to 10 gb of international data per month. While in Nadi, we visited the Digicel store where we purchased secondary e-Sims for our iPhones. For less than $25 US per phone we each got 225 gb of the fastest data that Digicel offered. After that, we hardly ever connected to wifi anywhere as Digicel generally seemed faster.

ONO ISLAND OVERVIEW

To reach Ono Island by air, you must first fly into Kadavu Island. Kadavu is south of Viti Levu, the main island. Kadavu is the fourth largest island in Fiji. Ono is a smaller island located about 5 km northwest of Kadavu across the Kadavu Passage. The flight from Nadi to Kadavu takes about 50 minutes. When making your travel plans pay attention to the calendar as some days there are no flights from Nadi to Kadavu on Thursdays and Saturdays.

There are about a half dozen villages on Ono that are reached either by boat or on foot. As far as we could tell, Oneta Resort is currently the only tourist i ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Virginia, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Florida, Abaco, Bimini, Exumas, Culebra, USVI, BVI, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Caymans, Dominica, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St, Barths, St Kitts, Nevis, Saint Martin, Bequia, Bonaire, Curacao, Thailand, Australia, Egypt, Bali, Raja Ampat, Maldives, Fiji
Closest Airport Kadavu Getting There Florida > San Fransisco > Nadi, Fiji > Kadavu. Fiji > Speedboat to Ono Island, Fiji

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 27-28°C / 81-82°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-35 M / 49-115 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the guide, generally back on the boat within 60 minutes, but flexible and relaxed
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There are no dedicated facilities for photographers on the boats or on shore. However, upon request, the crew will load a camera rinse bucket on the boats. The crew also ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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