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Dive Review of Wananavu Dive Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Rakiraki

Wananavu Dive Resort, Dec, 2013,

by Sean Bruner, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7495.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is our fourth trip to Fiji. Two trips to Beqa Lagoon and one to Taveuni. The resort at Beqa was nicer in appearance and the rooms were bigger and prettier and the house reef at Taveuni was better, but overall, Wananavu was the best experience we've had. The dive shop was professional. There were two boats, one big and one small. There was a large group the first four days of our trip, so we were on the small boat. The ride to the Bligh Passage where the good diving is takes 45 minutes. Those first days there was wind and the ride was very rough. The last four days were on the big boat which was very comfortable and the wind had died down so the ride was not so rough. The dive guide, Josh, was very safety conscious and easy to dive with. Two dives every day. Arrangements could be made for night dives if there were enough interested divers. The crew took care of all the equipment, washing it daily and setting up tanks after we had analyzed them (if diving Nitrox).

Diving was top-shelf Fiji diving. Lots of soft and hard corals. The current was fierce the week before we arrived, but we had virtually no current during our eight days of diving, so the soft corals were not open for the most part, but they were abundant and healthy. Good fish action including some white tip and gray reef sharks, a couple of free swimming octopus, numerous anthias, butterfly fish, angelfish (including a juvenile emperor angelfish, my favorite), spadefish, moorish idols, unicorn fish, many damselfish, anemonefish, snappers, Spanish mackerel, jacks, , yellowfin, schools of barracuda and blue fusiliers, sweetlips, parrotfish, scorpion fish, clown and titan triggerfish, small fish such as corlis, pipefish and nudibranchs, and many more that I've forgotten or didn't recognize.

The resort was beautiful and well maintained. The room was small but comfortable with a front porch with a view of the ocean. Plenty of hot water, a nice, firm king size bed. It got a little hot in the day but there was a small air conditioner that kept it comfortable. Wireless internet was available for a price. There was a beautiful beach and a nice pool, kayaks, tennis court and snorkeling on the house reef, which was actually very nice. The food was excellent and there was a foursome playing traditional Fijan music at both lunch and dinner and they were quite good. On Christmas and New Year there was entertainment of traditional choral singing and dancing, very nice.

Overall, it was a great vacation and worth the price.

Websites Wananavu Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Islas Revillagigedo, Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within nitrox limits, one hour to 75 minute dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank on the boat for cameras. Cameras handed down and up by topside assistant or captain.
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