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Dive Review of Sonaisali Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Sonaisali Resort, Apr, 2009,

by Judith Kendall, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4843.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Red Sea, Caribbean, Wakatobi, Sipidan, Palau, Yap, Layang Layang
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster was alert to the divers ability and experience. Keeping that in mind, we were able to proceed with our buddy at safe diving levels.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The resort, boat captain and divemaster did their best. However, it was a small boat operation.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This resort is a great find for divers. Although it is not a "dive" resort, the benefits far outweigh anything else. In fact, the facilities, divemaster and personnel make this an outstanding vacation spot for divers and nondivers as well. First of all, from LAX it is one flight away. (11 hours) You get picked up at the Nadi Airport and are driven( 30 minutes) to the dock where a shuttle boat( 4 minutes) transports you to the Sonaisali Resort. In other words, it's a private island just outside Nadi. At anytime you wish to shop in Nadi or sightsee you are a mere shuttle boat away. That's what's so nice. No long bus/boat ride or another Fijian flight from Nadi. In fact we never felt the need to leave this private island all week. (Actually we were there over New Years 09 as well.

The diving is great with many locations within reach. Visiting repeat dive sights was done only upon request. And since this is not a dive resort perse, the crowds were not present. It was up close and personal with divemaster and captain. We loved it. Oh, another good feature:We booked the trip through Costco Travel agency. This also ensured a reasonable not espensive trip and absolutely no hassles. I only hope that in letting this good news out, it doesn't spoil the place for our future trips. The accommodation/private bures were nicely appointed and even included a jacuzzi on the front veranda of each bungalow. Included meals were very tasty. And each evening Fijian entertainment was provided
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