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NAI'A, Fiji live-aboard: a scuba diving adventure yacht that
sets the hospitality bar high for all South Pacific live-aboards.

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FIJI ISLANDS DIVING VACATIONS:

MV NAI'A -- Fiji's veteran luxury live-aboard yacht.


Another option for Fiji diving live-aboards, also offers expeditions to New Caledonia, Vanuatu & Tonga.

(One of the most widely-known scuba live-aboards in the South Pacific.)



[ PRICE LISTS are subject to possible change. We always provide the best rate. Please call 952-953-4124 for more info.]




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NAI'A offers scuba diving adventures that create sheer joy, lifelong memories.


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A visually vivid Fiji dive vacation route for NAI'A,
cruising serenely between Viti Levu & Vanua Levu.


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NAI'A also explores wilderness reefs in Tonga, Vanuatu, NewCal.




Prices for these Nai'a dive packages are in US dollars. Price includes tax, transfer to the live-aboard yacht from the airport or hotels in the Nadi area, transfer back to Nadi at the end of the charter, all meals aboard ship, double occupancy accommodation, tanks, weights, & air refills for at least 4 guided dives per day. Not included are gratuities, alcoholic & bottled beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), gear or camera rentals, & sundry purchases from the ship's store. All Nai'a staterooms are luxury live-aboard cabins with A/C that offer an uncommonly delightful level of stateroom luxury & service, which will pamper even the most jaded travelers. If you think you've really seen it all in luxury live-aboards, we challenge you to try the Nai'a & be prepared to be amazed -- to the quick. The staff & associates of U.S. Dive Travel feel that Robbie & Alexx Barrel's Naia is the reigning monarch of Fiji live-aboards. Since we all know there is no such thing as a second-tier Fiji live-aboard, that is truly saying something about the Naia & its international reputation for excellence.

Professional dive guides & underwater photographers agree that Fiji is among the world's five or six most visually dazzling dive destinations. For years we have loved this island nation like a second homeland; & we always will. The reefs of the Fiji islands are so colorful & full of bustling fish & coral species that when you dive here you'll experience a living kaleidoscope of nearly psychedelic intensity. Fiji diving is a natural underwater high -- Get Down to Get High! -- like no other we have experienced in almost 3 decades of adventure travel worldwide. The Fijian people are so uncommonly gracious & sweet-spirited, that most clients who return report to us they felt fully refreshed by their experience in Fiji. This place changes people forever. It certainly changed us for the better. No person we have ever sent to the Fiji Islands has returned from their Fiji diving adventures with anything but grateful & sincere praise for the diving delights, & the warm hospitality, they experienced. Now enter another exciting factor into this Fiji Islands equation -- the Nai'a.

There's no better way to taste the magic of Fiji's remote isles, the unsullied visual magic of Fiji diving, than the Nai'a, a graceful, elegantly appointed 120-foot exploratory motor-sailor with 9 deluxe private staterooms & a slide + video theater. All the cabins have private baths & many elegant amenities. Great cuisine, roomy salon & sun deck, two 25' power launches & immaculate woodwork are other pluses. This live-aboard scuba diving vessel has E-6 photo processing, a top-notch chef with an international flair & a genius for using local provender, a strong savvy crew, a supply of cameras, video recorders & dive computers for rental, & more.

Now NAI'A dive charters are more than chomping a regulator. The gracious interior of NAIA is constructed of native Fijian hardwoods, burnished to a sheen. Her decks & cabins are clean as a whistle. Because vessels of this impeccable quality are few in the South Pacific, the Nai'a naturally attracts clients who have refined their tastes over many years of travel & are used to dining well. The Nai'a chef never leaves them disappointed. Using fresh local fish, fruits, vegetables & wines, the vessels galley will delight even the most discriminating palate with new surprises & delicacies every day. Now, since you know how four or more energetic dives a day can give any red-blooded adventurer the royal munchies, a live-aboard menu is not of passing significance. You'll feel pampered from the word go on the Nai'a. This is as good as it gets on live-aboards in the incomparable Fiji Islands.

Perhaps the best aspect of the NAI'A crew, from our viewpoint, is the skipper Robbie Barrel (pronounced: Ba-REHL) & his sister Alexx, who founded the vessel company & who manage it with true loving care. This dive vessel, & the beautiful Fijian people, & their colorful waters, are the life passion of the Barrel family. We happen to feel pretty fondly towards these folks since, by sheer coincidence, the Barrels grew up as good friends of the Oahu family of our co-owner, Susan Hessburg. They run their family show the same way we do, with a lot of attention toward the personal touch. That is the way that dedicated diving families are, when they love their work, & live their work -- day & night. We like to say that THE FAMILY THAT DIVES TOGETHER THRIVES TOGETHER !!

Robbie's ocean-going family aside, most objective dive pros we've talked with at trade shows, & gatherings of scuba professionals around the world, seem to agree that the Nai'a ranks solidly as one of the 4 or 5 best 5-star live-aboard diving vessels anywhere in the Pacific. We confidently rank it as the finest live-aboard in the South Pacific. The NAIA team keeps improving its Fiji diving program every year with new ideas, new fun twists to their routes, new reef surprises, new delights for the clients they treat so very well. You want big fun, far from the madding crowd? Fiji diving is the answer. And live-aboard diving with the Naia is the underline to that definitive answer, we feel. We've got it all ready to roll for you.

Just give us a jingle & we'll turn you on to an adventure on Skipper Barrel's Nai'a that will reshape your heart from the inside out. That's the hidden magic of Nai'a dive charters. That's because you will soon learn, as we did, & as scores of our good clients learn each season: Fiji diving is more than just dive travel. Fiji diving is life. Life in a microcosm. Life in abundance. Life worth living. Life to the Nth degree ! If you ever hear a faint hint of drifting in our phone conversations, there's a good reason. Not one day, not one single day of our lives passes when we do not think for a while about Fiji diving, & about the healthful energies of our dive tours to the Fiji Islands. These great memories become permanent daydreams that drift to the surface of the conscious mind when you least expect it. They just pop up randomly like little Spring blooms. You snip them to get some work done, to help more good clients with the best of your alacrity & vigor. Then the Fiji diving bloom pops back again, indefatigably. So we are constantly having to get a grip, grab the keyboard, grab the phone & get back to work. We have hundreds of promises to keep. And miles to go before we sleep. But the Fiji diving spell keeps on keeping on. That's because Fiji diving is a way of life, not a diversion. Fiji scuba diving & sailing on a golden yacht like the Nai'a are LIVING with a capital "live."

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NAI'A offers you daily visual treats like this magnificent pink anemone & skittish "clowny."
These three soul-candy Fiji diving photos are provided courtesy of Cat Holloway, NAI'A.


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Beautiful coral bommies like this dreamscape are everywhere you turn on the reefs of Fiji Islands.


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NAI'A offers savvy tech support to U/W photographers, who revel in Fiji's soft corals !


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NAI'A founder & skipper, Captain Rob Barrel, named his vessel after a native Hawaiian word --
"na'ia" -- for Pacific spinner dolphin, a passion of his since college days. This is Rob's image.



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Spacious sundeck of NAI'A.
3 images by Bonnie Pelnar.
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NAI'A has a roomy diving deck.

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Place to be when "thar she blows" --
NAI'A crow's nest on her special
Tonga whale-watching cruises !




GENERAL  NAI'A  ITINERARY:
NAI'A's seven-night itinerary includes six & a half diving days & focuses mainly on Bligh Water in the Lomaiviti region of Fiji. Bligh Water is a long, deep & wide passage that cuts a dramatic path through the country's two main islands. This area is remarkably rich and diverse thanks to a combination of nutrient flow from land as well as continuous deep ocean current flow funneled through by south east trade winds.

After a relaxed first afternoon & evening at our very protected & pretty check-out dive sites close to the port of embarkation, Lautoka, NAI'A will travel to Bligh Water & visit the places she has made famous:

· The mammoth sea mounts E6 & Mount Mutiny.

· The exclusive Wakaya Island channel & surrounding reef.

· Gau Island's astonishing Nigali Passage (You'll see grey reef sharks & schooling  pelagic fish).

· The lavish coral bommies of Jim's Alley & Anthia's Avenue.

Naturally, weather & tidal conditions always determine the exact order in which we journey to these sites. It is extremely rare, but possible, that unusual weather could actually preclude us from diving in some spots -- such is life at sea. However, NAI'A is by far the most capable & comfortable live-aboard in Fiji & the South Pacific. Nature & the preferences of the guests will also decide which other of our various locales NAI'A will visit in addition to those mentioned above.

On our ten night itinerary which includes nine and a half days of diving we extend our 7 night schedule to include one or more of these options: Nananu-i-ra Passages, Nukurauvula (where a pod of spinner dolphins live), Yadua or Koro Island & the vibrant barrier reef around Namena Island.

Our regular itineraries include an opportunity to visit one of the remote Fijian villages whose chiefs have allowed NAI'A to dive in the vicinity. Passengers are welcome to meet the local people, join the formal "sevu sevu" - a ritual permission-seeking ceremony still strictly adhered to in daily life - and partake in the traditional  shared brew of "yagona" or "kava" amid languid Fijian harmonies.


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NAI'A, Fiji live-aboard: the classic wood-rich salon.

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Another view of the salon, on NAI'A FIJI CRUISES.

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Experience lap-of-luxury comfort in a NAI'A, stateroom.
Photo by our friend, Bonnie Pelnar, Under Watercolours.


Reprint of an exultant letter from Skipper Rob Barrel & Cat Holloway, Alexx & Todd Edwards, Mike Ratunamasa & the team of the live-aboard NAI'A -- ocean-loving life brings cool surprises !

We received this inspiring e-mail, a few seasons back, from the NAI'A managers. (Editing & formats by U.S. Dive Travel staff)

A couple seasons ago, NAI'A had a new NEW FISH SPECIES named after her -- "Dunckerocampus naia !"

Guess what -- NAI'A has an exotic & beautiful pipefish named after her. Imagine that, sunseekers! The NAI'A family is very proud to introduce our newest addition, Dunckerocampus naia. Skipper Rob Barrel's wife Cat Holloway first noticed this shy little sweetheart hiding deep in a cave on the current-swept corner of a dive site called Maytag. But when she shined her torch on it, it came out to say hello -- ever so briefly. That's when she noticed that it wasn't alone. It had a mate hiding back there too. We hate to anthropomorphize nature - it does perfectly well without all the baggage we humans hang on it -- but we can't help but imagine the happy pair, living in perfect harmony and visiting their cousins in the cave around the corner on the weekend, where they discuss how best to frustrate the strange big bubble blowers who come periodically to stare at them and try to take their pictures. Dunckerocampus naia is a new species of pipefish recently named by Gerry Allen and Rudie Kuiter. Since Cat found the first one at Maytag, NAI'A divers have found several other pairs of them in nooks and crannies at various depths on current-swept reefs. D. naia has also been found in southern Japan, northern Sulawesi, Guam and the Solomon Islands and can be confused with D. dactyliophorus, whose caudal fin is different. Dr. Gerry Allen, author of the most authoritive fish identification books for the South Pacific, is very close to finding his thousandth fish species in Fiji. By the end of his third NAI'A expedition this January, Gerry was only a few fish shy. His list is built primarily of species he has spotted himself but it also includes records of cryptic fish that he located in the collections of several international institutions. Ichthyologists previously considered Fiji outside the "cradle of diversity", with only 500 or so species, but Gerry's work puts the kybosh on that idea. Fiji's thousand species compare very favorably with the fishiest place Gerry has ever worked, the Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia, where he has so far counted 1,200 species (although some additional cryptic fish remain uncounted). Like other ichthyologists, Gerry overlooked Fiji for many years and was reluctant to dive here the first time, thinking it would be a waste of time in terms of new discoveries. But now he claims he has fallen in love with the place - as evidenced by three trrips in less than two years! Gerry is working with others, including Dr. Les Kaufmann (author of Fiji's Rainbow Reef, National Geographic, December '04) to apply cutting edge DNA analysis to sort out what he calls "odd-ball Fiji variants". The Fiji version of the anemonefish Amphiprion melanopus, for instance, may yet turn out to be a new species. Gerry is particularly thrilled with the new DNA techniques not only because they are far more accurate than previous techniques to differentiate species, but because they do not require killing fish. A tiny sliver cut off the caudal fin is all it takes to positively identify a species!


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Overhead peek at the deck layouts
for this comfortable Fiji live-aboard.


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This artist's rendition of Nai'a from the side shows the size & sleek power of this yacht.




NAI'A -- a typical SAILING SCHEDULE:
All charters (except the Tonga Special Expeditions) depart Lautoka wharf, about 25 minutes north of Nadi, on Fiji's Big Island of Viti Levu, at 2:00 pm Saturday. Seven-day charters finish at Lautoka wharf at 8:00 am Saturday & ten-day charters finish at Lautoka wharf at 8:00am Tuesday. Itís normally best to fly to Nadi one day early to allow "decom" from the jet lag. You'll be crossing the International Dateline from the U.S. West Coast, so you lose one calendar day. Please remember to take that dateline "lost day" into account when planning our dive vacation schedule. The cool thing about the dateline is that when you leave Nadi on your final day, & head back to the West Coast, you will feel like you've entered H.G. Wells' Time Machine. You might depart Nadi at 11 p.m. on Saturday, then after a dozen hours in the air you find yourself landing in L.A. at about 2 p.m. that same Saturday ! Now that's making time, amigos del mar.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE:
We offer a $100 discount for non-divers, a $200 discount per person for consecutive charters, & a $200 discount per person for returning passengers. If you as the diving team leader secure 5 fully paid divers; we will give & your companion a cost-plus special deal on your airfare, to save you a little more. Normally such concessions are allowed by the U.S. Dive Travel partners only after 10-12 clients are booked in a group. Air tickets are subject to market fluctuations but we will price-protect you to the limit of our ability, as always. That is a rock-solid U.S. Dive Travel policy for all Fiji live-aboard & dive resort vacation clients.





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Cat Holloway provides another glimpse of Fiji's finest scuba diving, the riotous color of Fiji soft corals.





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NAI'A offers a serene sun deck
for apres' scuba chattin' & chillin'.

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NAI'A has a roomy sun-soaked aft-platform.

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Handy excursion skiff for
NAI'A FIJI CRUISES.

SHIPíS FEATURES (Observations by NAI'A Skipper Rob Barrel):
NAI'A is a true expeditionary ship designed especially for the tropical Western Pacific. Originally built as a private sailing yacht, NAI'A is one of ten sister-ships designed by famed mega-yacht designer W. de Vries Lentsch & built in the Camenga yard in Amsterdam. NAI'A spent ten years in the Caribbean passenger trade before I found her & brought her to Fiji at the beginning of 1993, where she was stripped to a bare hull & completely rebuilt to the highest modern standards. NAI'A combines the famous Dutch knack for ship design with my own experience from 15 years as captain of successively larger & more expensive private yachts. She is optimized for maximum stability & range under power or motorsailing. Her custom designed 103-ft rotating wing spar is the most efficient mast available (& the largest of its kind). It contributes both to her comfort & her efficiency at sea. The crow's nest on the mast, fifty feet above the water, is the ideal spot from which to guide the ship through the narrow passages common to Fiji's outlying islands & from which to yell "thar she blows" during the annual whale expeditions to the incredibly exotic island nation of Tonga.

NAI'A design & construction give her the range to explore the entire South Pacific comfortably & economically. Her extensive itinerary, which allows divers to experience the finest Fiji diving, would not be possible with any lesser Fiji live-aboards.

Because NAI'A was designed to carry passengers -- rather than fish or oil-field roughnecks -- she is built around her passenger accommodation area rather than her engines. The most comfortable part of the NAI'A -- the middle -- has all her accommodations, while the engine room is relegated to the very aft end of the ship. Considerable attention went into the construction of the staterooms to ensure fire-proofing & sound-proofing. The result is a Fiji dive vessel which is extraordinarily comfortable & quiet as a ship can be.

STATEROOMS:
NAI'A has accommodation for 18 passengers in 9 staterooms, 8 with private en-suite facilities. Four staterooms have double beds, three have both a double bed & a single bunk above, & two have twin bunk beds. All the staterooms are larger than those on most dive vessels, with plenty of stowage for gear, & they are tastefully decorated in a muted Fijian motif. While strobe charging is best done in the camera room, each room has both 110 & 220 volt power to run whatever electrical toys & various fun gizmos you might wish to bring. The Barrels have thought of everything, & they've honed this yacht to a faretheewell.

COMFORTABLE, HOMEY SALON:
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, theater, classroom, & dining room. The three tables in the salon are showpiece items, built as a gift to NAI'A by the Fijian carpenters who refinished the ship. Made of alternating planks of the four native timbers used elsewhere throughout the ship, the tables are polished to a high sheen. Wokring on clunky camera repairs upon the dining room table is grounds for immediate keel-hauling, the skipper says (with an exceptionally serious wink)!

DELICIOUS SOUTH PACIFIC CUISINE !
The galley is on the main deck aft of the salon & there Manasa the Master Chef works his culinary magic. Word to the wise: a charter on NAI'A is not the time to start a serious diet. Itís a really good thing the meals are healthfully prepared, because most people eat more than they would if their will-power were better. We serve a cold breakfast of toast & cereal at sunrise, a full breakfast after the first dive, lunch after the second dive, snacks after the third dive, & a white-tablecloth & complementary wine dinner after the dusk dive. Coffee, tea, water, & juice are available 24 hours a day. Manasa has been with NAI'A since the beginning, despite being headhunted by the other live-aboards & several of Fiji's better resorts. Day after day, Manasa serves up a wide variety of meals, all utilizing locally grown produce & meat. The NAI'A crew catches fresh fish with regularity, & the vesselís fresh fish barbecue is something to write home to Mom about, truly. A respected New Zealand publisher is now working on a NAI'A cookbook which features Manasa's inspiring recipes alongside underwater photographs.

DIVE DECKS:
The dive deck on NAI'A is unconventional in several respects. First, it is huge, bridging the entire 30-foot beam of the ship, & it is located amidships -- comfortably removed from the clutter of the working deck aft. During the charter, the crew take care of filling the tanks & loading gear into the skiffs from the aft dive platform, while divers have the uncluttered dive deck forward in which to suit up & listen to the very thorough dive briefings. Only masks, fins, & camera gear are stored forward, while the heavy & unwieldy tanks & BCs remain aft. Divers returning to the dive deck are treated to hot deck showers & clean dry towels at the end of every dive. NAI'A has a small laundry aboard where towels & tablecloths are washed daily.

RELAXATION AREAS of VESSEL:
Once the scuba tanks have been moved aft at the start of the charter, the dive deck cushions come out & the place becomes a lounging area sheltered from the mid-day sun. For those who want to be outside in the sun, the whole roof area over the dive deck & the camera room is a sundeck open to undiluted rays. During long passages the sundeck is used to carry NAI'A's two rigid inflatable skiffs. The pulpit over NAI'A's bow is another great place to lounge. Roomy enough for six to sit, a dozen thoroughly excited people can stand there watching bow-riding dolphins zip along playfully. Talk about a visual treat thatís tough to forget ! This is the Fiji live-aboard by which all others are, & will be, measured.

PHOTO & VIDEO AMENITIES:
NAI'A features the most elaborate provisions for professional & amateur photographers in the industry: daily digital photo processing, camera & video rentals, a multi-system VCR & television able to play both VHS & Hi8 tapes in both PAL & NTSC formats, slide projector & light box, & a dedicated camera room. The NAI'A camera room is located immediately adjacent to the dive deck & has storage & work space for more than a dozen photographers & their gear. Both 110 & 220 volt charging strips are available, as well as large dip tanks & compressed air for cleaning & drying delicate camera parts. If you are a dedicated underwater photographer, you WILL have kindred spirits for sure on the NAI'A, since it regularly attracts super-talented professional or amateur shutterbugs of distinction.


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NAI'A cuts a clean path through the peaceful Fijian Pacific.
Photo provided by wave-waltzin' friends, MV Nai'a Project.



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NAI'A founder Rob Barrel.
U.S. Dive Travel's co-owner
Susan Hessburg grew up in
the same Oahu village as
"bro 'n' sis" Rob 'n' Alexx.
NAI'A is all family TLC ! :)

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NAI'A co-founders:
Alexx & Todd Edwards
& 2 cool kids in Fiji.

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Rob Barrel & Cat Holloway,
now happy parents of 2.

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NAI'A office staff:
Mike, Joeli, et al

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The NAI'A crew's a tight family of experienced sailing pros.


PERSONAL MESSAGE from NAI'A CAPT. ROB BARREL:
NAI'A is owned & managed by myself, Rob Barrel, & my sister Alexx Edwards & her husband Todd Edwards. Alexx & I grew up in Kailua, Oahu of Hawaii, where we learned to dive, sail, & windsurf before attending college on the mainland. After two years on the pre-law track at Harvard, a serendipitous confluence of coincidence led me to take a one year leave-of-absence to sail around the world. I didn't make it past the South Pacific, & the one year leave stretched into eleven years as better & better sailing opportunities kept coming along.

I finally returned to college in 1988, this time at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I studied dolphin behavior with Dr. Ken Norris. Although my return to college was interrupted by several 6-month yacht deliveries, I eventually graduated with highest honors in anthropology. NAI'A was conceived as part of my graduation thesis: the ideal floating laboratory from which to apply anthropological tools to observe & come to understand a community of wild dolphins. There are many elements involved in making the dream come true, only two of which are a University degree & a 120-foot ship. But those two are a significant start & the project is slowly evolving. I hope some day to know a family of dolphins as well as Jane Goodall knows the chimps at Gombe.

Meanwhile my sister Alexx met Todd, married, started a family, & they built their home on an island in a lake in the middle of nowhere in Florida. Perfectly suited for life in a third-world country, Todd & Alexx came to Fiji shortly after NAI'A did to help rebuild the boat. They have been running the office & the shoreside support for NAI'A ever since.

The fourth key member of the NAI'A home team is Cat Holloway. Cat learned to dive in Papua New Guinea when she was 17 & she has been working in or around the dive industry ever since, most recently as editor of the Australian magazine, Scuba Diver. Cat came to Fiji several years ago to write about NAI'A & the Fiji experience & was so taken with it all that she never returned. (Beware: this magic happens to a lot of people! ) She runs the diving aboard NAI'A & tries, in the few days between charters, to write the occasional magazine article.

U.S. DIVE TRAVEL's ENDORSEMENT: The core of the NAIA family is her Fijian crew, eleven of the friendliest & most able sailors anywhere. Most have been with the ship since the beginning, & there is every indication that ship & crew will all grow old together. Fijians are among the friendliest people on earth, so it is no wonder that NAIA's clients consistently rate the crew as the very best in the business. There simply is no ship like NAIíA in the live-aboard diving world. The Barrel family knows dive vacations like the makers of Godiva chocolates know their trades. We invite you to join us. We would all be honored to serve you with an adventure-diving experience that will be a splendid memory for the rest of your life. Nai'a dive packages are vacations that change divers profoundly, for the better -- always.



TECHNICAL SHIP SPECIFICATIONS for the NAI'A:

Length of the Live-Aboard: 120 foot motorsailing yacht.

Beam of the Vessel: 30 feet.

The Vessel's Draft: 11 feet.

Total Vessel Displacement: 240 Tons.

Number of Crew Members: 12 crew.

Maximum Number of Passengers: 18 guests.

Number of Passenger Staterooms: 9 private luxury cabins.

Designer of the Naia: W. de Vries Lentsch.

Original Shipyard: Camenga, Amsterdam. Naia was built in 1979.

Extensive Rebuild to the Vessel: 1993.

Shipís Maximum Cruising Range: 6,500 miles.

Ship's Top Cruising Speed of this Fiji Diving Yacht: 10 knots.

Fuel-Carrying Capacity of this Fiji Scuba Diving Vessel: 26 tons.

Water-Storage Capacity of this Fiji Diving Live-aboard: 29 tons.




FOR MORE INFORMATION or RESERVATIONS:

Contact: John & Susan Hessburg, Managers
U.S. DIVE TRAVEL Network
PMB 307 / Suite # 116
15050 Cedar Avenue South
St. Paul, MN, USA 55124-7047

Voice Mail: 952-953-4124

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NAI'A, a classic Fiji live-aboard, is renowned among adventure divers.


IMPORTANT REMINDER about PRICES & TARIFFS:

All package prices for Fiji live-aboards listed here are subject to possible change in this steadily evolving travel market. Live-aboard prices are traditionally stable, while air prices can fluctuate daily. Until air tickets are issued, all airlines reserve the right to change airfares without notice -- an industry standard. We at U.S. Dive Travel will price-protect you to the utmost of our professional ability; & that has been our pledge for one decade now. We normally secure excellent discount air tickets for our Fiji live-aboards. Remember please, the federal government has deregulated airlines, so only they control their pricing -- not any travel professionals.

Unless specifically noted, these above Fiji scuba diving packages are prices for only the land-based portion of the Fiji live-aboards, in most cases reflecting double-occupancy rooms. On Fiji live-aboards, there will be no triple-occupancy rooms offered. Some exceptions will be noted. International & commuter "island-hopper" airfares are always extra above these land costs. Nominal service fees are also extra for air tickets & the vessel + side tour components. The baseline tariffs for all clients start at $45 per person for the land portion + $35 pp for the air tickets. Late-booking clients on Fiji live-aboards may receive slightly higher tariffs on the lodging + diving at most of these dive resorts. Solo clients on a Fiji live-aboard always will pay a single supplement to secure a private room -- normally about 50% more -- unless they are willing to twin-share with another diver.

The preferred payment mode for all Fiji live-aboards & Fiji side tours is by cashier's check or wire transfer in U.S. dollars. All clients living outside the USA or Canada will need to pay for their dive vacations only via direct wire transfer in U.S. dollars. No personal checks will be accepted for any reservation, please. Thank you for your gracious understanding. Our service level is the highest & our prices the lowest in this industry, & thus we need to preserve a reasonable margin. For published-fare air ticket bookings, USDT always accepts Visa & Mastercard. For ultra-discount wholesale air tickets, however, USDT accepts only cashier's checks, please.

If you have any need of further details, at any time, please feel free to phone our travel planners -- 952-953-4124 -- & you may ask about these themes: U.S. Dive Travel, dive travel, live-aboard, live-aboards, liveaboard, liveaboards, Nai'a, Naia, NAIA, NAI'A, Fiji live-aboard, Fiji live-aboards, Fiji liveaboard, Fiji liveaboards, Fiji diving, Fiji scuba diving. Our staffers will be delighted to assist you in your inquiries about your scuba diving vacation, or about topics such as U.S. Dive Travel, dive travel, live-aboard, live-aboards, liveaboard, liveaboards, Nai'a, Naia, NAIA, NAI'A, Fiji live-aboard, Fiji live-aboards, Fiji liveaboard, Fiji liveaboards, Fiji diving, Fiji scuba diving.

Remember, all Fiji live-aboard vacation clients to all foreign destinations will be asked by local officials overseas, upon departing the airport on your final day, to pay a nominal government departure tax, usually between USD $35 - $40 per client. USDT cannot collect this tax beforehand, so you simply pay it down there, in your host country. Be sure to stash away a little cash for this final moment at the airport, so you'll get your exit visa stamped quickly with no fuss; & away you go. Best of luck with your dive travel plans on a Fiji live-aboard. We hope your Fiji diving vacation is a safe & satisfying adventure. Blessings & best wishes with ALL your Fiji diving vacations.

Best fishes too!

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John Hessburg & Susan Hessburg
Managers / Founding Partners
U.S. Dive Travel Network.


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