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Fiji Dive Report: Oct 2006 Beqa Adventure Divers

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by tomhuck, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. tomhuck

    tomhuck Registered

    Beqa Adventure Divers is located at the Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour, Fiji. They offer both soft coral and shark/big fish dives. They are among the most professional diving establishments anywhere. We have dived a total of three months in Fiji over the last two years: at Wananavu resort with Kai Viti dives; on the Nai’a live-aboard; Tui Tai adventure cruise; Dive Kadavu, Kadavu Island; Koro Sun Dives on Savusavu, Vanua Levu; and Garden Island resort on Taveuni Island. Beqa Adventure Divers’ shop manager, Andrew, answered all our e-mails prior to our trip to help schedule the best time frames for us to meet all the different species of sharks that commonly visit their dive sites. There is no guarantee for wildlife encounters, however with his dive sites statistics we saw all seven species of shark their web site stated we might see. Andrew gave us a tip about the best months to see which species. We saw two different Tiger sharks 3 out of the 6 times we went on shark dives with them. The Tiger shacks were so close so you could touch them if you dared. Some young divers were saving their photos to get ready for show and tell to their future grandchildren, we only hope that digital storage or printing archiving will live up to their fancy. It certainly will be one of those unforgettable moments of life. Andrew also helped us fix our regulator, loaned us his personal diving computer when one of ours malfunctioned, and gave us several valuable diving tips to enjoy diving with sharks even more. He is the best dive shop manager we have encountered diving anywhere. Their dive boat is well maintained and organized. Each diver has a personal bin to stow their gear. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the dive masters are very experienced, some with over 20 years service. Dive guide Russi has spent 4 years as a dive-master on the Nai’a live-aboard. He not only shows you where and what to see, but also how to approach underwater creatures and structures. Lighting, colors, and currents: his dives are like well conducted pieces of music. They have some guides who are well worth the commitment to follow underwater. Beqa Adventure’s soft coral dives offer you bottom time according to your ability, and so caters to divers of all levels of experience and ability. We have done some soft coral diving with them that are as good as, if not better, than the best dives we had with Kai Viti dives up north or from the Nai’a live-aboard. The shark dives are safe and thoroughly and precisely organized and briefed. They are also exciting, fun, and memorable. If you plan to dive with them, the Lagoon Resort is also a perfect match for a place to stay, since the shark dive boat departs right from the doorstep of the Lagoon resort. We have also dived with another dive shop which operates in the same areas, the difference is like staying at well run Four Seasons hotels or at some road side motel. If you travel that far, make sure that you dive with the best dive operation there, and experience the shark dives so many divers rave about!

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