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Dive Review of kona bay resort/kona bay resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/bequa island

kona bay resort/kona bay resort, Apr, 2006,

by gwen ringgold, ca, usa . Report 2648.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving I have been diving for over 20 years and dive daily off the coast of California, spend every September in the Carribean and Spring in South Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions NO restrictions, until we lost a diver to current and dive was pulled while the boat chased the diver
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Oh, I wish I had known that the plane that held 450 passengers would be full both directions.
The other thing that is imperative is there is no electricity on Benqua island---run by batteries..limits fans,lights, ect.
The most fascinating thing was the guests were abandoned at night, after dinner the guest could watch the torches go through the jungle as the staff went home and in the early am guest could watch them return to care for us. No one on staff stayed at the resort. Good thing there is no violence or theft on the island.

There was only 6 buras and when I booked I knew that there was only one other couple and they were honey mooners. That made me the only diver and I loved having a brand new boat under my direction. We only dive 2 dives a day but that took about 4 hrs due to 45 minutes to dive sites and back and surface interval, and dives over 60 minutes. Back in time for a late lunch, then out snorking in front of resort, clear water and all the beauty in 20-30 feet.
Alot of blue eels, blue coral, blue star fish and large local fish.
What I really liked was all the fish that are viewed in the area that is not available closer to the US, not in HAWAII OR TAHITI.
Do not go on the school visit, or the village visit...so hot and humid and away from the shore no breeze. You have to contribute a donation to the chief to enter the village, then donate to the school, then donate to the Women's Club. All of the money goes to good and needy places, but I would have payed the money just to avoid the heat.
To go to the firewalker was $150 and leave after the dives and spend the day in another village...which means repetative chief, school, Womens Club donations, which again means spending the entire afternoon and evening in the heat. The honeymoon couple went and warned us about the event, but we were pressured into going to the village visit.
The good thing about staying off the mainland of Fiji, is there is no theft on outlaying islands due to the chief is the ruler and he will banish the thief to the mainland if caught stealing. Nothing will be stolen money, pens, batteries ....nothing will be stolen. On the mainland of Fiji, nothing is safe.
These people are poor and appreciate anything you do to help. School must be paid for by parents, so take school supplies for the resort staff.
Shoes and flashlights were requested by staff when I returned home.
My divemaster was given his BC and could not get the battery so his computer would work...there is no rental gear, or very little but I went into the gear room and most gear was left by previous guests.
I do plan on returning next year but will be prepared emotionally.
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