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Dive Review of Wananavu Divers in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu

Wananavu Divers, Sep, 2012,

by Douglas Hansen, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 6781.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Wananavu is a beautiful resort. The bures are large, immaculate and very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food ranged from quite good to quite poor, so we were never quite sure which one it would be for any particular meal. For most meals you choose from a menu; once while we were there it was a buffet.
We did most of our dives in the Bligh Waters. The diving was beautiful, with clouds of anthias over the bommies and lots of soft corals in amazing hues. We only saw one shark while we were there. The dive operators told us that the Fijian government has contracted with an Asian fishing company, allowing them to remove sharks at an alarming rate. When we were in Fiji ten years ago, we certainly saw a lot more sharks than we did this time.
The dive operator was very good. They were friendly and helpful, and were willing to take suggestions. They also did not take offense when I corrected them on a critter identification. While we were there, the boat was quite crowded since there was a large group of Australians there at the same time. The ride out to the Bligh Waters is about an hour or so each way, and on one day it was pretty choppy.
We did one shore dive. Due to the runoff from the heavy rains, the visibility was quite poor, but we managed to find a few critters in the muck.
We participated in a spinner dolphin encounter, where we observed spinner dolphins from a boat: we were not allowed to dive or snorkel with them. We also saw a few humpback whales during surface intervals.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Baja California, British Columbia, Hawaii, Florida, Cayman
Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour dive time, come back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments There were no dedicated rinse tanks for camera equipment on the boat or at the dock. Cameras were placed in baskets alongside the dive gear. They are clearly not set up for photographers.
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