Nai'a Liveaboard

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NAIA LIVEABOARD, Destination: Fiji

Fiji & Tonga (7-9 Nights) | From $568++/night

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Nai'a LIVEABOARD Quick Pitch

The Nai'a liveaboard is setting a new standard in world-class liveaboard scuba diving expeditions. The ship is beautifully appointed, incredibly spacious and boasts a dive-savvy Fijian crew famous for their dedicated service.

 

Location

Embarkation and disembarkation from Lautoka. Transfers are provided to and from Nadi.

 

Dive Overview

Excellent dive diversity - pristine corals, sharks, pelagic fish, and more.

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Nai'a Cabin Details

NAI'A has accommodation for 18 passengers in 9 air-conditioned staterooms with private ensuite heads. All the staterooms were entirely rebuilt in 2010. Three of the staterooms have king-size beds that can be configured as individual singles, two of the staterooms have both a king and a single bunk above at the foot; two staterooms have only a king bed, and two staterooms have twin bunk beds. All the staterooms are larger than those on most dive vessels, with plenty of storage for gear, and they are bright, airy, and comfortable.

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General Facilities

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The main salon & sundeck

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The camera room & dive deck

 

Nai'a Boat Features

  • Main salon serving as lounge, theater, classroom, and dining room
  • Entertainment system with two multisystem DVD players wired to the Sony High Definition television
  • Extra jacks to plug in your own camera at the saloon
  • Extensive library of interesting books, magazines
  • Games and puzzles available for your use while onboard
  • Camera room with the latest provisions for professional and amateur photographers
  • Sundeck
  • Roomy pulpit

 

Nai'a Dive Facilities

  • Spacious dive deck
  • Hot deck showers and clean dry towels at the end of every dive
  • Large dive platform
  • Two 22ft rigid inflatables
  • PADI Dive Courses
  • Gear Rentals

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Food & Drinks Aboard Nai'a

All-inclusive. Guests will enjoy a delicious menu including locally grown produce, meats, and fresh fish.

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Nai'a Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Nai'a liveaboard Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include taxes. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions] 


Inclusions

  • Scheduled transfers (1:00 pm pick up) to the ship from the airport or hotels in the Nadi area
  • Scheduled transfers (8:00 am departure) back to Nadi at the end of the charter
  • All meals aboard ship
  • Double occupancy accommodation
  • Tanks, weights, and unlimited air refills

 

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner)
  • NITROX
  • Gear or camera rentals
  • Personal purchases from the ship's store
  • Mandatory: Tax
  • Possible fuel surcharge

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Fiji 7-Day & Fiji 10-Day

The normal itinerary for both seven and ten-day charters starts and ends in Lautoka, just north of Nadi, where the international airport is located. After an initial "checkout" dive on the afternoon of boarding, NAI'A heads north and east around the flank of the main island of Viti Levu to reach Bligh Water.

Several different dive sites in Bligh Water are available including Vatu-i-ra, E6, Mt. Mutiny, and Cat's Meow, depending on localized weather conditions. From there we choose the sites according to weather, tides, and passengers' inclinations. But generally, we visit the islands and barrier reefs of Namena, Wakaya, and Gau.

On ten-day charters, there is more time available to dive the various reefs in the Koro Sea, some of them near Namena and others near nowhere!

 

 

 

Whale Expeditions Tonga

NAI'A's 9-day trips begin in Tonga's capital "city" of Nuku'alofa and extend north into the untrammeled coral atoll wilderness of the Ha'apai Group, where the greatest number of humpback whale pods are found -- but almost no other boats, save the small timber fishing boats of villagers.

Sailing throughout this maze of islands and reefs, the location and activity of the whales largely determine the precise course of each new day. These are wild animals and this is no zoo! However, experience has proven the mornings to be the best time for whale spotting and swimming encounters. Later in the afternoon, NAI'A finds a safe evening anchorage near a dive site. We always plan to do at least one and sometimes more dives each day. Night dives are also a spectacular option on coral reefs.

From the sight of the first breach at dawn, to the silhouette of whales resting at sundown, these expeditions are a special and rare kind of ocean adventure in a particularly picturesque part of the world. It's no wonder the whales like it here.  

 

 

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 120ft motorsailer yacht
  • Beam: 30ft
  • Draft: 11ft
  • Displacement: 240 Tons
  • Crew: 12
  • Passengers: 18
  • Passenger staterooms: 9
  • Designer: W. de Vries Lentsch
  • Yard: Camenga, Amsterdam
  • Built: 1979
  • Extensive rebuild: 1993
  • Additional refit: 2000, 2010
  • Range: 6,500 miles
  • Speed: 9 knots
  • Fuel: 26 tons
  • Water: 29 tons + watermaker

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+12
  • Local Currency: FJD (Fijian dollar)
  • Language Spoken: English
  • Electricity: 110 and 220 volt
  • Payment Onboard: cash or credit card (AMEX, MasterCard or Visa)

 

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Reviews (3)

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Nai'a is certainly among the best liveaboards I've ever been aboard. The vessel itself is extremely robust and well maintained, with large, well appointed salon, spacious dive and sundecks, and comfortable cabins. The diving is superb, offering a great combination of diverse fish life, healthy reefs and, of course, excellent soft corals. Perhaps the greatest attraction, however, is the crew, who treat passengers like honored guests. I recommend Nai'a highly, and can't wait for my next trip!

Visited on - Submitted on 01/10/2014
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Minneapolis, MN
United States
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The Nai'a was an unusual trip for me in that I went alone. Being a lone traveler was a bit different because you don't have that go to person on the boat or underwater. It tends to amplify the importance of the details.

First, getting there is great. It is the easiest place to get to of the far away spots outside of the Caribbean. An overnight from LA and you are in Nadi and a 1 hour drive and you are ready for the boat. I stayed one night at a Nadi hotel to catch my breath and ended up meeting half of my future boat mates.

The boat is most luxurious that I have been on, even compared to the Indonesian boats which are bigger, but in a more casual way. The owners make sure that you feel like royalty when you step on board. When the boat was first built, the owners created a deal where each return visit would get a slightly larger discount. They were more successful that they had hoped and ended up with a lot of very regular repeat visitors. I was one of only 2 or 3 out of 18 that had not been on the boat before.

The food is the best you can get on a liveaboard dive boat. They have chefs come in and design a 2 week menu that rotates for each night. White table clothes and fine place settings. Meals are a big focus of the week.

The water temps in Fiji vary quite a bit through the year. I was there in early November and the water was a bit cool, especially towards the end of the week after 20 or so dives. If you go in our summer, the water can be very cold while Feb and March are very warm. Be prepared.

We divided up into two groups for the week and the dive operation was very hands off once they were comfortable with your skills. I passed their muster and was left to kind of do my own thing with my camera. Because I didn't have a dive buddy, I was almost too alone at times. The good thing was that water visibility was always very high and we could see a long ways. We were also left to dive as long as our air and computers would take care of us.

The camera facilities were more limited than what is now current standard. I would not be surprised if they have updated their UW photography benches. Equipment has gotten a lot mroe common and bulky over the past few years.

The diving is very good from start to end. The Namena marine reserve has a half dozen world class sites. I dove there from the Cousteau Resort a few years earlier, but it was a long ways removed from the hotel and boat only went there twice a week, wind willing.

Chimneys is a pair of volcanic pinnacles which are really nice with schools of fish from the bottom at about 100 feet all the way to the surface. All of the reef tops in Fiji are full of colorful hard coral garden and the Chimneys were beautiful. Kansas is another amazing dive with fields of beige soft coral flowing in the current to make it look like, well Kansas. North Save-A-Tack is also an incredible dive in the right conditions. Schools of fish and a handful of sharks were everywhere.

Nigali Passage has to be one of the best dive sites in the world. Very similar to Ulong Island in Palau. It is a mile long channel between two bodies of water and at the right current conditions it fills with the entire food chain from the eaten to the eaters. A dozen sharks, 50 or so big groupers , and schools of bait for the big guys. They set up like a wall of feeders and you just watch the action happen. It is almost worth the trip for that dive alone.

Also spectacular is E6 which is a bit pinnacle out in the blue. While some divers said that this site has been hurt by El Nino is the late 1990s, it seemed pretty amazing to me.

Fiji did lack the huge variety of places like Solomons and Indonesia to the immediate west. We did not see the exotic creatures that one sees there.

One other side note, I did befriend an elderly woman diver who had logged 12,000 dives in her career and she was retiring after she left the boat. She was most famous for being the blonde on Sea Hunter who always needed to be rescued by Beau Bridges. She had many stories to tell about the creation of the dive industry over the 1980s and 1990s. For an avid diver, her stories were great. And she still kept up with the group!

Visited on 11/2005 - Submitted on 02/13/2014
Santa Monica, CA
United States
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This boat is one of the best values in Fiji. Great crew and nice diving all the way around. The food is good and accommodations reasonable. Very accommodating crew and staff. If you can get on the boat last minute, you may be able to get a good deal on the trip. I would highly recommend them.

Visited on 11/2011 - Submitted on 02/24/2014

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