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Dive Review of Papageno Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Kadavu, Fiji

Papageno Resort, Sep, 2009,

by Tracy Johnson, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5116.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Isla de Coiba, Panama, Easter Island, Bonaire, Cozumel, Turks&Caicos, San Salvador, Bahamas, Martinique, St. Lucia, Curacao, Aruba, Florida Keys, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 130 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Group dives lead by dive master sent you up as air ran out.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Small freshwater tank on boat looked like river water and that was the only safe place for cameras. Plenty of outlets in rooms for chargers.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments You can buy booze at Nadi duty free and carry it on to the inter-island flight. Papageno Resort,Kadavu is a 30 minute flight from Nadi and then a 30 minute boat ride to the resort. This place is remote but does have good wifi and phone service. This report is being uploaded on our last day. They do a good job of provisioning such a remote resort and the staff is very helpful. They give minimal or no dive briefing. We had 24 mostly experienced divers and almost overwhelmed the resort. They don't have dive boats with tank racks but somehow they got us to the dive sites and no one got hit by a loose tank. Only 3 lb weights were available. We changed out our own equipment. Best dive was at the volcano where we saw a hammerhead. Not many large fish but saw many interesting carpet anemones and clown fish. The wreck dive in 110 Ft is worth doing but don't expect to see many fish. I wouldn't go here for large animals but the corals were interesting. Do the waterfall trip but be advised that when they say rigorous, it really is.
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