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Dive Review of Tui Tai/Qamea Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Qamea/Taveuni

Tui Tai/Qamea Resort, May, 2014,

by Michael Rosenberg, RI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 7666.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Looking for a great spot for snorkelers (non-diving wife) and divers- this area maybe for you.
The Tui Tai is 180 foot "adventure boat" not really focused on Scuba , but it is readily available.(probably max 2 dives /day)
The boat could use an update/refurbishing, but the all Fijian Crew more than made up for that . Making music, amazing food, and guiding on hikes, remote village visits, snorkeling and making you feel most welcome at all times, this was a special experience. We had a fine group of international travelers, and we all cried when the crew sang us the farewell song…………but not for long, as the second part of the trip was a week at Qamea beach resort. Fine spot with more room to spread out and top notch digs on all levels. More professional Scuba Op- they had Nitrox, but the dives were not that deep or long, so I skipped. Decent snorkeling right there, but take a kayak one or two coves over, and world class. (also a daily guided snorkel trip and 3 dives a day if you want)

tips: After long flight from LA to Nandi, and an hour hop to SavuSavu (exciting landing) still 1 1/2 hour taxi ride to catch the Boat- smart folks might decompress at one of the nice spots near Nandi for a day or two. We did not and were beat up. On the TuiTai go for the bigger room, and skip the expensive "over suite " private cabana- need to climb up on rickety ladder, and there are public spots that are similar but never used (thus private enough) Overall that part of the trip was pricey, but we got to some very remote spots with pristine diving and snorkeling, and spent one night with a village that had not seen any tourists in 5 years. I played with the kids, and told them I was Mickey- they were thrilled to see the "mouse "was white skinned, and wanted to touch and hug me until we jumped back onto the zodiac for a moonlit ride back to the TuiTai.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Carib, Mexico, Philippines, Cocos, Equador
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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