Fiji – NAI’A

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NAI’A

Fiji

 

An Introduction to Fiji

 

Dive the Fiji Islands’ finest coral reefs and fish-filled channels. Swim alongside humpback whales in Tonga, explore World War II shipwrecks in Vanuatu or discover Kiribati’s truly wild and unexplored Phoenix Archipelago. From manta rays to mantis shrimp, dolphins to dartfish, or voracious sharks to vibrant soft corals, NAI’A found Fiji’s ultimate dive sites! Experience the diversity and drama of pristine South Pacific coral reefs at their most colorful and lavish. Enjoy charming Fijian and Pacific cultures during the vacation of your dreams from the comfort of Fiji’s premier live aboard diving vessel and her famously friendly crew. Whether you’re into underwater photography or videography, marine research and conservation or just plain good fun with your best dive buddies, NAI’A has an expedition to suit all urges. Down kava and dive with scuba celebrities like Stan Waterman, Rod Klein, Howard & Michele Hall, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach…

NAI’A has set new standards of live-aboard diving luxury in every way, especially in comfort and service. Designed by renowned marine architect, W. de Vries Lentsch, and built by skilled Dutch craftsmen, NAI’A was completely refitted in 1993 and again in 2000 with the latest technology and facilities specific to the needs discerning dive travelers. This extremely spacious ship provides for 18 guests (maximum) with all the creature comforts of a quality land-based resort – including hot showers and cool staterooms – but with superior diving and a new view every day! NAI’A’s sophisticated sailing rig affords her the range, comfort and stability of a true expeditionary vessel. Her large, diver-savvy Fijian crew is world-famous for their dedicated service, kava-inspired music and can-do attitude that makes for great flexibility as well as a great time!

NAI’A’s impressive layout, custom built for live-aboard diving, sports accommodations for 18 passengers in 9 spacious, air-conditioned staterooms with private ensuite heads.

While the main salon above decks is perhaps her most eye-catching feature, with the golden grains of native Fijian hardwoods, the serious diver will appreciate the thoughtful lay-out of her roomy dive deck, complete with a dedicated dry camera and video room to suit the most discriminating photographers.

Delicious and beautifully prepared meals of locally grown produce and meats and fresh fish await the hungry diver with a widely varied parade of delights served from the galley of our chefs. Truly the core of the NAI’A family is her Fijian crew, ten of the friendliest and most able sailors anywhere. Book a charter with us and you will agree; NAI’A stands head and shoulders above the rest.

The Cuisine: NAI’A serves a cold breakfast of toast and cereal at sunrise, a full breakfast after the first dive, lunch after the second dive, snacks after the third dive. A white-tablecloth and complementary wine dinner after the dusk dive. Coffee, tea, water, and juice are available 24 hours a day.

NAI’A Stewardess, Sereana, is available to provide for your every need an make the salon feel just like home – but better!

Nothing is more important in keeping up your energy for vigorous days of diving at sea than wholesome and delicious food. NAI’A’s galley is on the maindeck aft of the salon and where Chefs work their magic. A charter on NAI’A is not the time to start a diet. Fortunately the meals are healthy, because most people eat more than they would if their will-power were better.

NAI’A has accommodation for 18 passengers in 9 air-conditioned staterooms with private ensuite heads. Four staterooms have queen-size beds, three have both a queen-size bed and a twin-size bunk above, and two have twin bunk beds. All the staterooms are larger than those on most dive vessels, with plenty of stowage for gear, and they are tastefully decorated in a muted Fijian motif. While strobe charging is best done in the camera room, each room has both 110 and 220 volt power to run whatever electrical goodies you have.

NAI’A Explores the Pacific beyond Fiji

Discerning divers from all over the world have enjoyed the privilege of experiencing untamed wildlife, overwhelming beauty and color, diverse and abundant fish communities, bizarre macro creatures and genuine South Pacific hospitality – all in a single vacation. A capable expeditionary sailing vessel, NAI’A can comfortably reach the Pacific’s most remote and pristine sites. NAI’A’s Primal Ocean Project is a series of ambitious and adventurous voyages of discovery. The journeys aim to realize both the dreams of bold dive travelers to explore remote, pristine and mysterious locales as well as to provide marine scientists and conservationists with a rare and invaluable opportunity to understand and protect our oceans. The scientists and divers proved a superb partnership. Join NAI’A for whale watching in Tonga, explorations in Vanuatu and New Caledonia or scientific discoveries in Kiribati.

 

 

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An Introduction to Fiji

Click here to download the Travel Tips PDF for Fiji!

The Fiji Islands, in the South Pacific, are an archipelago of over 330 islands packed with attractions that can be found no where else. They lie at the crossroads of the Pacific, between North America and Australia, and have an interesting blend of various cultures, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indian, European and Chinese. This blend is reflected in the food, the language, architecture and ambiance.

Colonial Levuka, the old European trader settlement and Fiji's former capital, has been officially designated a historic town. A number of buildings date from its boom period in the late 19th century and the main streetscape is surprisingly intact, giving the impression of a town that has stopped in time. Likewise, Suva’s British influence is reflected in its many colonial buildings, including Government House, the Suva City Library and the Grand Pacific Hotel.

Despite outside influences many traditions have remained intact  and today’s visitor can observe time-honored traditions, explore ancient relics, experience well-preserved cultures and share in past legends as they are retold around the kava bowl, Fiji’s traditional ceremonial and social drink.

A nature lover's delight, Fiji has an unspoiled, unique environment of extreme beauty and tranquility. Adrift for millennia in splendid isolation in the blue of the South Pacific it has escaped the evils of industrial progress, the incursions of dangerous animals, poisonous snakes, spiders and pestilent diseases such as malaria.

If variety is the spice of life, then Fiji is scuba diving's red hot chili pepper.

Trying to sum up the special appeal of these waters is like packing a bag for an epic journey through four seasons - or editing years of underwater video into just 30 minutes of tape!

Most people know Fiji as the soft coral capital of the world and that’s true!  But soft corals are only a symbol of Fiji’s complete story: the soft corals vibrant colors and giant size, the diversity of fish and invertebrates that live among their branches, the dramatic changes they undergo in an ancient rhythm of survival with the tides and currents, and the many types of underwater environments in which they thrive.

Fiji’s remarkable soft corals embody all the elements that make Fiji’s reefs so exceptional.  Drama and diversity, brilliant lavish panoramas, deep water rich with food and hiding places for the mysterious and rare Fiji’s marine realm is as dynamic and splendid as nature can be.

With 333 islands surrounded by reefs and the entire spectrum of  underwater terrain, from sharks, rays and 1000 species of fish to the vivid rainbow of  soft corals, sea stars and myriad shrimp, one word does describe Fiji’s extremely diverse diving: color.

Fiji is the color of your wildest dreams - surrender to it and enjoy the view.