Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Post by Lindarut » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00


I have 3 weeks for diving in Fiji. I have been to Garden Island Taveuni and
Matangi in the north. I enjoyed the SomoSomo straights a great deal, and
Matangi as well.

Does anyone have recommendations about the three places I am considering for
the next trip?

Kadavu? its sounds small and some report the diving as just "average" for Fiji.
Is it worth spending a week there or would one get bored. Is it worth it at
all?

Marlin Bay sounds pretty good. How's the diving?

Loma Lagi? It's new. Any reports???

Thank you for any help. Please mention any other hot dive/resort locations.
 Linda

 
 
 

Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Post by Thann Verno » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00

People have different expectations, so it helps to know what your
priorities are for a "good place" to go diving - some readers want air
conditioning and Sheraton-type amenities, while others are happy with a
clean, simple room with a ceiling fan.  What are you looking for in
terms of budget, sandy beach, nightlife, resort size, and non-diving
activities?  What's your skill level?

I was at Dive Kadavu Matana Beach Resort (http://SportToday.org/) for
a week in April (not to be confused with Matava, which is nearer to the
Astrolabe Reef). It's a 10 minute boat ride to the resort from the
airport which is 45 minutes by air from Nadi. Yes, it is small - 24
guest max - but some people on vacation cherish the idea of getting away
from the masses.  For a few days, the four in our party were the only
guests. The dedicated Australian and Fijian staff were wonderful, the
best part of the experience there, or is that just typically Fiji? (The
manager told me they were completely booked through the summer.) The
resort is in the middle range, costing us about US$1200 pp for a
beachfront bure, 3 meals a day, and 10 dives. No phones and no A/C, but
efficient ceiling fans. They have a great sandy beach and shore diving
is possible to see nearby bommies (c***heads). Nightlife is primarily
reading, laughing, listening to music, talking, and walking along the
moonlit sandy beach -- they also have a full-service bar...  They have
hiking trails nearby and kayaks available.

Matana dives the Namalata and Roopers Reefs  with exclusive rights
granted from one of the local village chiefs. Didn't see many big fish
--  mostly gorgeous soft corals, fans, garden eels, a couple of reef
sharks, lionfish, and lots of anemonefish. There is wreck diving of the
"Pacific Voyager" for the more advanced. Viz was about 80 feet in April,
but improves after the rainy season, I hear.  Spent one day at the
Astrolabe Reef which is an hour from the resort. Also did one night dive
-- my first in over 12 years of diving -- such was my confidence in
Australian divemaster Steve Howarth, who is engagingly professional. I'd
go back to Matana in a heartbeat. It's a special place.

Dive Kadavu also manages the more "rustic" Jona's Paradise Resort which
is closer to the Astrolabe Reef. The bure's at Jona's aren't screened
for mosquitos but bed netting is provided.

Don't know how Matana's diving compares with other Fijian spots,
although common threads in this newsgroup seem to imply divemaster Dan

5-5-99,  "First, the best diving is not ON Viti Levu - but it is about a
ten minute boat ride away.  Dan Grenier, who ran the dive operation at
Loma-Loma when the president of Fiji owned the resort, set up a new dive
operation when the president bailed out. It is on Nananu-I-Ra, a few
minutes by boat from Raki-Raki on the north shore of Viti Levu.  It is
definitely not for beginners or the faint of heart - you will be helping
Dan explore sites where no one has ever dove before - but it is some of
the most spectacular diving on earth.  There is no resort as such, but
you can rent beach houses from some Aussies and Kiwis who have places on
the island, or stay at a fairly nice resort in Raki-Raki and Dan will
pick you up." Bob Woods has made many trips to Fiji and his son lives
there now. He says he's happy to answer any questions.

Thann
Moraga, California

 
 
 

Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Post by dr » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00

I did my open water certificaiton with Steven in Kadavu last year.
He truly is professional and a stickler for following all safety
protocol.
We loved the remote feel of the island.
The beach is great, the staff wonderful.
This is not a luxury resort (thank god), but has
a great modern, clean, efficient feel.
I also would return in a heart beat.


Quote:
>I have 3 weeks for diving in Fiji. I have been to Garden Island Taveuni and
>Matangi in the north. I enjoyed the SomoSomo straights a great deal, and
>Matangi as well.

>Does anyone have recommendations about the three places I am considering for
>the next trip?

>Kadavu? its sounds small and some report the diving as just "average" for Fiji.
>Is it worth spending a week there or would one get bored. Is it worth it at
>all?

>Marlin Bay sounds pretty good. How's the diving?

>Loma Lagi? It's new. Any reports???

>Thank you for any help. Please mention any other hot dive/resort locations.
> Linda


 
 
 

Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Post by rp.. » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00

We just returned from Fiji and dove both these places and can recommend
both.  This was our first South Pacific trip so we were impressed with
diving at both locations as well as the entire resort at Matana.  The dives
sites at Nananu-I-Ra are new and undived. No one else dives there-except
maybe the liveaboards.  Dan is still exploring and finding new sites.  The
bommies are totally covered with corals and sea life.  Diving at Kadavu is
not as spectacular but still great. Will provide more information in a trip
report shortly.
Quote:

> People have different expectations, so it helps to know what your
> priorities are for a "good place" to go diving - some readers want air
> conditioning and Sheraton-type amenities, while others are happy with a
> clean, simple room with a ceiling fan.  What are you looking for in
> terms of budget, sandy beach, nightlife, resort size, and non-diving
> activities?  What's your skill level?

> I was at Dive Kadavu Matana Beach Resort (http://SportToday.org/) for
> a week in April (not to be confused with Matava, which is nearer to the
> Astrolabe Reef). It's a 10 minute boat ride to the resort from the
> airport which is 45 minutes by air from Nadi. Yes, it is small - 24
> guest max - but some people on vacation cherish the idea of getting away
> from the masses.  For a few days, the four in our party were the only
> guests. The dedicated Australian and Fijian staff were wonderful, the
> best part of the experience there, or is that just typically Fiji? (The
> manager told me they were completely booked through the summer.) The
> resort is in the middle range, costing us about US$1200 pp for a
> beachfront bure, 3 meals a day, and 10 dives. No phones and no A/C, but
> efficient ceiling fans. They have a great sandy beach and shore diving
> is possible to see nearby bommies (c***heads). Nightlife is primarily
> reading, laughing, listening to music, talking, and walking along the
> moonlit sandy beach -- they also have a full-service bar...  They have
> hiking trails nearby and kayaks available.

> Matana dives the Namalata and Roopers Reefs  with exclusive rights
> granted from one of the local village chiefs. Didn't see many big fish
> --  mostly gorgeous soft corals, fans, garden eels, a couple of reef
> sharks, lionfish, and lots of anemonefish. There is wreck diving of the
> "Pacific Voyager" for the more advanced. Viz was about 80 feet in April,
> but improves after the rainy season, I hear.  Spent one day at the
> Astrolabe Reef which is an hour from the resort. Also did one night dive
> -- my first in over 12 years of diving -- such was my confidence in
> Australian divemaster Steve Howarth, who is engagingly professional. I'd
> go back to Matana in a heartbeat. It's a special place.

> Dive Kadavu also manages the more "rustic" Jona's Paradise Resort which
> is closer to the Astrolabe Reef. The bure's at Jona's aren't screened
> for mosquitos but bed netting is provided.

> Don't know how Matana's diving compares with other Fijian spots,
> although common threads in this newsgroup seem to imply divemaster Dan

> 5-5-99,  "First, the best diving is not ON Viti Levu - but it is about a
> ten minute boat ride away.  Dan Grenier, who ran the dive operation at
> Loma-Loma when the president of Fiji owned the resort, set up a new dive
> operation when the president bailed out. It is on Nananu-I-Ra, a few
> minutes by boat from Raki-Raki on the north shore of Viti Levu.  It is
> definitely not for beginners or the faint of heart - you will be helping
> Dan explore sites where no one has ever dove before - but it is some of
> the most spectacular diving on earth.  There is no resort as such, but
> you can rent beach houses from some Aussies and Kiwis who have places on
> the island, or stay at a fairly nice resort in Raki-Raki and Dan will
> pick you up." Bob Woods has made many trips to Fiji and his son lives
> there now. He says he's happy to answer any questions.

> Thann
> Moraga, California

 
 
 

Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Post by Offshor » Thu, 13 May 1999 04:00:00

Marlin Bay is on Beqa Lagoon and the diving is great for photos.  The sea
fans are so big you have to push them apart to swim thru.  there's hundreds
of uncharted pinnacles......if they take you to the goo sites.  Kadavu is on
the great astrolab.  Diving is world class if you can get there.  The
villages sometimes on both locations have the dive operators restricted.
Either are better than Matagi.

Quote:
> I have 3 weeks for diving in Fiji. I have been to Garden Island Taveuni
and
> Matangi in the north. I enjoyed the SomoSomo straights a great deal, and
> Matangi as well.

> Does anyone have recommendations about the three places I am considering
for
> the next trip?

> Kadavu? its sounds small and some report the diving as just "average" for
Fiji.
> Is it worth spending a week there or would one get bored. Is it worth it
at
> all?

> Marlin Bay sounds pretty good. How's the diving?

> Loma Lagi? It's new. Any reports???

> Thank you for any help. Please mention any other hot dive/resort
locations.
>  Linda

 
 
 

Fiji, Marlin Bay, Kadavu, or Loma Lagi???

Post by The Millennium Travel Specialist » Fri, 14 May 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> I have 3 weeks for diving in Fiji. I have been to Garden Island
Taveuni and
> Matangi in the north. I enjoyed the SomoSomo straights a great deal,
and
> Matangi as well.

> Does anyone have recommendations about the three places I am
considering for
> the next trip?

> Kadavu? its sounds small and some report the diving as just "average"
for Fiji.
> Is it worth spending a week there or would one get bored. Is it worth
it at
> all?

> Marlin Bay sounds pretty good. How's the diving?

> Loma Lagi? It's new. Any reports???

> Thank you for any help. Please mention any other hot dive/resort
locations.
>  Linda

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advise us that all areas of Fiji are excellent for diving however,
Taveuni seems to always be the most favourite!
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