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Dive Review of Wananavu Beach Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/North Vitu Levu

Wananavu Beach Resort: "Fathoms of Fiji Family Fun!!!", Oct, 2018,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 85 reports with 50 Helpful votes). Report 10575.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second trip to the Wananavu Beach Resort (WBR). The first visit was in 2012. On this second trip, we had a party of 6 consisting of Mom, Dad (me), our 2 adult children and their spouses. We connected thru LAX on the Fiji Air redeye landing in Nadi at about 6 AM. All of us were missing luggage in Nadi that didn't arrive for a day or two. It apparently was mishandled in LAX. WBR offered replacement dive gear free of charge until our gear showed up.

There is about a 2 1/2 our van ride up to WBR from Nadi. We stopped along the way in Ba Town to buy some clothes since all of bags didn't arrive. At WBR, we were warmly greeted with a welcome drink and shown to our beach from burees. Our accommodations were spacious and quite comfortable with a large queen bed, A/C, ceiling fans and large bath. The rooms were about a 3 minute walk to dive shop, restaurant and bar. The view from our burees was quite nice -- the bay and beach.

The staff at the restaurant was always welcoming and helpful. Breakfast was buffet with made-to-order eggs along with fruit, toast, hot/cold cereal, juice, pasties, breakfast meats. Our one attempt at having pancakes was a bit of struggle with the staff advising that the grill was too dirty fo pancakes so they were apparently cooked in an omelette pan. The breakfast buffet was usually ready about 15 minutes late -- Fiji time.

Lunch and dinner were ordered off menus with a wide selection of entrees and mains. The food was usually very well prepared, generous portions and quite tasty. Our crew was quite fond of the fish & chips and the fish tacos. The bar was fairly well stocked with our favorite libations and offered a nice variety of boat drinks. Wines were primarily from Australia and NZ. Some of us enjoyed the kava about every evening after dinner.

The dive operation offered a 2-tank trip at 8 AM. Due to the unstable weather, we did most of our diving at local reefs. On 2 days, we were able to get out to the Vitu I Ra Passage where some of the better diving is. On one of these days, we did an all-day 3-tank trip. The dive operation takes care of loading/rinsing BC's, regs and fins. Divers take care of wetsuits. Most tank fills were at 3200 psi and around 34% Nitrox.

Dive crew did a fine job of taking care of both experienced and occasional divers. Sammy is an a very good macro critter finder and really knows the dive sites. Chris did a good job of taking care of divers with less experience. Our boat driver, Los, was always helpful, ready and able.
The dive operation puts an appreciated emphasis on safety. On one occasion, we had to abort the morning dives due to high winds and very rough seas. However, the dive operation went out of its way to get the dives in that afternoon when the weather cleared.

The reefs that we dived on are teeming with fish -- anthias, damselfish, anemone fish, and fusiliers. We had a good time navigating the many swim-thru's on several of the dive sites. The soft corals and sea fans were quite impressive. This was the first Fiji dive experience for the 4 younger folks, and they were thrilled with the marine life that they had not previously encountered.

The WBR operation is much improved since my first visit 6 years ago. Thanks again to the staff and crew of WBR for making our stay so enjoyable.

Yes, this was, indeed, Fantastic Family Fun in Fiji.

Websites Wananavu Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport Nadi Getting There Usually must connect thru LAX on Fiji Air

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No DECO
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments The subject matter for UW macro and mid-range photography was quite good with various nudibranchs, shrimp and lots of anemone fish. The reef scenes were quite good, also. The reefs also offer some nice wide-angle opportunities.

The camera facilities were quite lacking especially on shore. The dive shop had no dedicated camera rinse and often even a fresh water hose was not readily available. There was no camera room.

The dive boat offered a dry gear bin that offered some protection for my rig but no fresh water rinse. The boat crew did a good job handling my rig with care and diligence.
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