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Dive Review of Ra Divers in
Fiji and Tuvalu/RakiRaki

Ra Divers: "Stormy Weather", Oct, 2018,

by Mr Jeffrey Zankel, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10586 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I spent a rainy week on Fiji's Sun Coast. My bad luck. But no matter I dove every day on at least 15 different dive sights. However, in rough weather you will mostly dive the local reefs in the shallow waters within 30 minutes of VoliVoli. This means that the bottom will be kicked up and the Vis about 35ft which was enough to see the vast array of hard and soft corals Fiji is famous for but their colors could only be appreciated at 15 ft or above; thankfully there were many shallow pinnacle tops to take long deco stops. Unfortunately the same moorings used by the dive boats are also used by local fishermen so there are no larger fish on the local reefs, just the usual assortment of little Anthias and small tropicals. The occasional white tip made an appearance. We did not get outside to the the Vatu-i-Ra conservation area, known as The Reserve, until our 5th day because other groups were using the two big boats. When these groups finally left I was fortunate to get a skilled captain who got us out to The Reserve despite rough seas to dive sites like Pandora's Box, Mellow Yellow and Garden of Eden where the water was deep, the Vis was 75ft and the fish were big. Bumphead wrasse, Spanish Mackeral, Triggerfish and Trevally abound amidst schools of baitfish.

Websites Ra Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Soccoro, Cocos, Galapagos, Bonaire, key Largo, Baja, Ibiza, Bahamas, Channel Islands, Monterey, Chile, Panama
Closest Airport NADI Getting There non stop from LAX or SFO

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-80°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35-75 Ft/ 11-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 70'/60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments They did have a separate plastic bucket on the big ships for cameras. Not always on the smaller boats.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Laura Wais in CA, US at Oct 27, 2018 14:19 EST  
Hi Jeffrey! My dive trips in Dec 2016 and Oct 2017 in Raja Ampat and yap were marred by bad weather. Maybe I can get a chance to dive with both you and Simma in good conditions in the coming year .I am looking at Misool eco resort for Sept-Oct 2019 . Want to join me??? Laura Hope to see you soon!!
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