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NAI’A Liveaboard

NAI’A liveaboard offers unique itineraries that focus on diving in Fiji and swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga. She was designed by a renowned marine architect and built by skilled Dutch craftsmen. NAI’A was completely refitted in 1993 and again in 2000 and 2010 with the latest technology and facilities specific to the needs of discerning divers. Onboard there are accommodations for 18 passengers in 9 spacious, air-conditioned cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

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NAI’A’s main salon is perhaps her most eye-catching feature. Carefully crafted out of local timbers, the 625 square foot room serves as lounge, theatre, classroom, and dining room. The four tables in the salon are showpiece items, built as a gift to NAI’A by the Fijian carpenters who refinished the ship. Meals times in the salon are always a special time with NAI’A’s chef preparing delicious meals using locally grown produce and meats and fresh fish. NAI’A has everything the underwater photographer could wish for. The camera room is located immediately adjacent to the dive deck and has storage and work space for more than a dozen photographers, their gear and storage of cases. After each dive you can rinse your camera gear in two large fresh water dip tanks. Compressed air is at your fingertips in the camera room for cleaning and drying parts. Both 110 and 220 volt charging strips are available. Just between the salon and the camera room is NAI’A’s spacious dive deck. The dive deck is huge, bridging the entire 30ft beam of the ship. Divers returning to the dive deck are treated to hot deck showers and clean dry towels at the end of every dive. For those who want to be outside in the sun, the whole roof area over the dive deck and the camera room is a sundeck open to undiluted rays. This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch while working on your tan on one of the comfortable lounge chairs. The pulpit over the bow is another great place to lounge. It’s roomy enough for six to sit or a dozen excited people can stand watching bow-riding dolphins or breaching whales.

NAI’A offers the following itineraries:
-Fiji 7 night itinerary
-Fiji 10 night itinerary
-Tonga Humpback 9 night itinerary (July-September)

Fiji itineraries
NAI’A’s Fiji itineraries for both seven and ten night trips start and end 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, E-6, Mt. Mutiny, and Cat’s Meow, depending on localized weather conditions. From there NAI’A chooses sites according to weather, tides, and passenger’s inclinations. But generally NAI’A visits the islands and barrier reefs of Namena, Wakaya, and Gau. On ten night trips there is more time available to dive the various reefs in the Koro Sea, some of them near Namena and others near nowhere! The reefs that NAI’A dives have good populations of Whitetip, Hammerhead and Grey Reef Sharks. Blacktip, Tiger, Bull, Nurse, and Silvertip Sharks are not uncommon, but you have to be lucky to see one. Whitetips and Grey Reef Sharks are pretty much everywhere and the most reliable sites for Hammerheads are the offshore seamounts of Mt. Mutiny and E-6, as well as the Namena Marine Reserve and Wakaya.

Tonga Humpback itinerary
NAI’A’s Tonga Humpback trips begin in Tonga’s capital “city” of Nuku’alofa and extend north into the coral atoll wilderness of the Ha’apai Islands, where the greatest number of Humpback Whale pods are found – but almost no other boats, just the fishing canoes of villagers. Sailing throughout this maze of islands and reefs, the location and activity of the Whales largely determines the precise course of each day. 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. At least one and sometimes more dives are offered each day and exciting night dives on Tonga’s coral reefs are always a great option on these trips.

Fiji 7 night itinerary
Price 2017: 3,875 USD (approx 3,026 GBP)
Price 2018: 3,976 USD (approx 3,105 GBP)
Price 2019: 4,078 USD (approx 3,185 GBP)

Fiji 10 night itinerary
Price 2017: 5,533 USD (approx 4,321 GBP)
Price 2018: 5,676 USD (approx 4,432 GBP)
Price 2019: 5,822 USD (approx 4,546 GBP)

Tonga Humpback 9 night itinerary
Price 2018: 6,031 USD (approx 4,710 GBP)
Price 2019: 6,186 USD (approx 4,831 GBP)

Prices include: Double or twin bed cabin on NAI’A, all diving, tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, house wine served with dinner, taxes, marine park fee, and return transfers between Nadi airport (Fiji itineraries) or Fuaʻamotu airport (Tonga itineraries) and the vessel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation.

Fuel Surcharge: TBC 3 months before trip date
Nitrox: 150 USD (7 night trip) or 210 USD (10 night trip)