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Dive Review of Nai'a in
Tonga/Ha' apai

 
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Nai'a: "No wonder the whale trips sell out 2 years in advance!", Jul, 2018,

by Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters, TN, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10386 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, French Polynesia, Cozumel, Belize, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, other Caribbean locations, Great Barrier Reef, Solomon Islands, PNG
Closest Airport Tongatapu Getting There Nadi, Fiji to Tonga via Fiji Airways (90 min. flight)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 75 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Snorkeling with humpbacks in the cool Tongan waters was as awesome as we were hoping. We were on the first charter this year, for 9 days, and there seemed to be plenty of surface action, as well as in-water experiences. The cruise directors, Vanessa and Chad, said there seemed to be a pattern last year, of more surface action, along with bull runs in the earlier charters, while there were more encounters with mommas and babies later in the season. This charter is not billed as a diving trip, as the main focus is the whales, but one or two dives were usually offered each day. (I only snorkeled this trip, while my husband did the night dives, and the one day dive.)

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By David Marchesein PA, US at Aug 08, 2018 17:53 EST  
Thanks for your report. We did this trip in 2005 and had a great experience too. I guess we should plan on returning. I'm curious why your very positive review with nearly all 5 star ratings (one 4 star) got an overall rating of only 3. Thanks.
By report author: Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters in TN, US at Aug 10, 2018 10:13 EST  
On the template for the review, the boxes are labelled as "overall diving for beginners" and "overall diving for experienced". I took that literally, as rating the DIVING, rather than the overall trip, not noticing on the final read through before submitting, that those ratings were lodged in the box labelled "Overall Rating". I'll see if I can edit it. Thanks for calling that to my attention.
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