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Dive Review of Reef Safaris Wananavu/Wananavu Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Reef Safaris Wananavu/Wananavu Beach Resort, Oct, 2011,

by Colin Zylka, WI, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6249.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Wananavu is a great place made even better with the addition of Reef Safaris. Jeremy and Kristen go out of their way to make sure everyone is having great dives. They are quickly making a name for themselves with their level of service. They are extremely safety conscious. We made it out to the Vatu-I-Ra passage 9 of the 12 days we were diving. The entire team at Reef Safaris are top notch..always ready to lend a hand with gear or cameras or a smile and a "bula". Dive briefings are superb. Because of the distance from Wananavu to the passage, the boat rides were sometimes up to one hour, but well worth the time! Local dives have boat trips of 20 minutes or so, depending on conditions. All the divemasters/guides were very good, in that they did not swim too fast nor too slow, givings the photographers time to compose and shoot a series of shots. Small groups (3-5 divers per divemaster) made the dives seem less crowded, even with 18 divers on the boat. The shore dive is fantastic for macro photography, especially at dusk and nightfall. Tons of nudibranchs, juvenile sweetlips, lobsters, eels, etc. Newer divers or inexperienced should be aware there are some currents at some of the dive sites, but nothing too severe. The guides always try to limit the exposure to stronger currents.

The bures are very comfortable, the food is above expectations, and the service is great at the resort. Fantastic views of the passage and the Bligh Waters from the bachfront and oceanview bures. Be prepared for a three hour ride from Nadi airport to the resort....roads are horrible, but that's part of the adventure. They do stop half way for a comfort break. Lots of activities to do for non-divers and for the non-diving days. The waterfall tour was a hoot! Just be sure to wear shoes that can get wet.
Websites Reef Safaris Wananavu   Wananavu Beach Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Palau, Philippines, Caymans, Bahamas, Cozumel, Catalina, Saba, St. Kitts, Hawaii, Fiji, Florida, Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco dives, all dives were less than 90 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Due to the fact that Reef Safaris does not have their purpose built boat yet, they had to lease a large boat for the time we were there. Huge fresh water buckets that accommodated even the largest rigs with dual strobes and dome ports. Crew very careful in how they handled our camera gear.
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