Dive Kadavu Resort
Being on the leeward side of Kadavu, the resort has an all-tides beach. Our bure was close to the sand,
so that the sound of the waves lapping on the shore would lull us to sleep at night. We woke each
morning feeling happy and refreshed.
Bure's Jewels is a nearby dive site that offers many interesting critters.
We went down with Surelis, our divemaster, David, our host and his two young daughters, Sophie and
Jemira. We immediately saw a large marble grouper. The visibility was good at this site and there was
a large assortment of Christmas tree worms and nudibranchs to photograph. Colorful yellow crinoids,
bright orange sea-spits, enormous white sponges and patches of soft corals were just a few of the
We returned to dive our favorite dive site, Blue Tang, once again. This site never ceased to amaze us
with its diversity of sea life. Even through we did not see the sharks this time, many other things took their place.
We saw a couple of blue ribbon eels and then black ribbon eels swimming free.
Once every few days, Dive Kadavu organizes an expedition to dive with the manta rays of the Great
Astrolobe Reef. This is done by first taking a boat to the airport and then a truck to the other side
of the island where one of Dive Kadavu's boats is waiting. Once loaded, we were ready to explore
Yea! We saw a manta! It swam round and round us. In fact, we saw the same one manta twice on the same dive.
Lynn got so close to photograph it that when the manta turned in front of her its wing knocked the camera right out of her hands! Everyone was shocked by the collision and the manta disappeared in fright. After that we swam along enjoying the Astrolabe Reef, but didn't see anything else of consequence.
Our second dive was at Manta Point. This proved to be a fruitless dive as far as mantas go, but we saw a turtle and a clown triggerfish and the water was so clear that the hard corals shone in a spectacular array of underwater hills and valleys. This must have been the best-preserved coral we have seen in Fiji, pristine and perfect, due to the cooler temperatures of these waters.
After our two morning dives we stopped at a small beach and were served lunch in a small open hut. A buffet of chicken stir fry, cassava, rice, noodles, salad and pineapple was very satisying after the excitement of our morning dives. We broke open some coconuts to eat and relaxed on the beach.
Our third dive of the day was back at Manta Alley. This time we tried the west wall. This turned out not to be a good plan as the sun was getting low in the sky and cast a long shadow behind the wall. Although no mantas were seen, we had a nice long swim and saw some beautiful soft coral along the wall. Mantas are not guaranteed but we very fortunate that day to see one.
The resort is right next to two Fijian villages that exist side by side along the coast. We were
escorted through the closest village and Lynn picked up a mango, which prompted the villagers to collect a
whole bag for us to take back to the resort. This village seems to have an unlimited supply of
mangoes and rooster, who would crow at the break of dawn in tune with the tropical birds and the