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Bligh Sea Diving

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 Dec 2023via mobile
A must visit place if you want to see why Fiji is called the soft coral capital in the world with a professional SSI dive center - RA Divers.

The hotel is located far north at the Bligh sea and I have never seen so many beautiful canyons, sea fans, soft corals and it was an amazing diving experience thanks to Simon, Pola and the RA Divers Team.
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 31 Dec 2023
Vinaka vakalevu (thank you very much) for your 5-star review, and happy new year. On behalf of our entire team we appreciate not only your review and feedback, but your time spent with us. As you mentioned, we have an amazing 'underwater playground' right right on our doorstep, and the world's healthiest and most vibrant reef systems on the planet - that is our office. Thanks again, and we hope to see you back when the time suits. Stay safe.
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Reviewed 11 December 2023 via mobile

First off, the grounds of the resort are magnificent and transport you to a dream like location. The staff consistently exceeded expectations and knew our entire large groups name by day 2.
Diving is spectacular and some of the best in the world. The health and color are second to none.
Took a tour of the village on last day. We met the chief and saw many local arts and traditional performance. Had a kava ceremony and enjoyed the music. We visited a school that really impressed that they do so much with so little. You can tell Volivoli is tight with the local village. The entire week was wonderful with local food and friendly people. Look forward to going back soon.

Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Simon Volivoli, Marketing at Volivoli Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2023

Bula vinaka Richard, we appreciated not only your review but of course your visit as well. All of our reviews are shared with our team, our 'extended family' - each and every time, our teams smiles gets bigger and bigger when we hear our hard work is so well received. You had a great fun group, lot's of sensational memories, great laughter, and of course new friends. We are all looking forward to hosting you and your clients, whenever the time is right.

Stay safe and have a fantastic holiday season.

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Reviewed 15 November 2023

Volivoli is an annual favourite destination for diving and for relaxing. The team of people at the resort and at the dive shop are the best, everything is taken care of.
The dives are fantastic, we spend a lot of time revisiting our favourite sites in the Bligh channel. The meals are well planned and curated, the rooms are spacious and beds are comfortable, the views are amazing.

Date of stay: April 2023
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Simon Volivoli, Marketing at Volivoli Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2023

vinaka vakalevu afromauckland for your lovely review, our entire team genuinely appreciate your company, support and friendship.

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Reviewed 15 November 2023

This was a terrible experience. We felt like a number. It is like a Marriott. Could have been anywhere. Did not feel like Fiji. The dive boats were very crowded. We were packed in like sardines. 18 divers on a 3-tank dive day. 45 minutes to the reef. Bligh Waters Note: they have more boats and could have separated us out, but they did not want to use them. Another 3-tank dive day: we were excited because there were "only" 12 divers -but they just packed us into a smaller boat. They gave us no dive orientation. W brought our gear down, tried to talk with someone at the desk & our gear was gone. Someone put it on the boat without telling us. The accommodation: when we checked in, they did not know who we were. Tried to charge us for WiFi (it was included in our package). Asked us for a voucher -I suggested the simply look up our reservation. The first accommodation -no orientation. Just told us to find it. We got there -no electricity, limited water, almost no coffee. Had to trudge back to reception and wait until someone could fix things. They did within an hour or so. Our point: they should have checked the room and known who we were. It is a 2.5 hour cab ride from the airport. They knew when we were arriving. We moved to one of the four bungalows -it was wonderful. For an additional $500/night. Upon check out, they charge you 3.5% to use a credit card. If you have US dollars, they give you an unfavorable exchange rate. The restaurant. The food is good -but don't buy a meal plan. Better to pay-as-you-go. The portions are huge. We ended up splitting most dishes -but still had to pay for 2. *Before you go -carefully look at the overview of the place. We should have. There are many great places to dive in Fiji. This is not one of them.

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Simon Volivoli, Marketing at Volivoli Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2023

Bula Holly, firstly thank you so very much for your review, obviously we didn't live up to your expectations on this occasion. With that said, we still want to address each of your points, as well as take action to do better in the future. We noticed that you dived on our new 30-pax boat the 1st to days and had 18-divers onboard, the 2nd and 3rd dive day you were on one of our 25-pax boats with a total of 12 and 13-divers, including yourselves. Obviously everyone like as much room as possible, however it is not always practical to only run commercial vessels at 50%, not unlike airlines.

Dive and boat orientation schedules are 'normally' conducted by our Dive Shop Manager of the Dive Crew and guest equipment as a 'normal process' is both collected from guests villas and returned to their villas at the end of each persons final diving after being washed and dried. It appears that we may have 'dropped-the-ball' there with you, so apologies if that was the case. We should have certainly done better.

We have no idea how our Front Desk team 'did not know who you were on arrival' as you were clearly booked in and on record, as well as having WiFi included. Apologies again, we will be addressing this at our upcoming team meeting. All rooms and villas are, or at least are supposed to be 100% checked by Housekeeping prior to all incoming arrivals and on a daily basis, again this has now been added to next weeks staff meeting.

Finally in regards to the credit card fee charged by banks, this is just passed on as per normal business practice.

We are glad you enjoyed your Luxury Ocean Front villa and once again thank you for your feedback, it goes a long way to ensuring we are delivering best practice.

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Reviewed 9 September 2023

My father just returned to nz after 5 night stay. He reported it to be a great trip to Volivoli resort!. He said staff were outstanding with taking care of him and looking after him. He is also gluten free and said food options were amazing! He described it as being treated like royalty!!! Thank you to the resort staff and crew for your hospitality and manaakitanga of my dad!
Appreciate a lot!!!

Date of stay: August 2023
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Simon Volivoli, Marketing at Volivoli Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2023

Wanderer25623046231 thanks for sharing your fathers feedback, and we are delighted that he had such a special time with us.

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Reviewed 27 August 2023

Nice clean, quiet rooms, comfortable beds and pillows. Great food on the meal plan - more than we could eat! There are daily food and drink specials also. The dive operation was very efficient and attentive. Drop off your gear at the beginning of your trip, and it's set up for you every day. On your last day, the crew does their best to get your gear cleaned, dried and ready for you to pack. There are sandwich lunches available on the 3-dive days, which are brought on the boat for you. Very friendly and dedicated staff.

Date of stay: August 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Simon Volivoli, Marketing at Volivoli Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2023

Passport09349508125 your lovely feedback is a delight to read, and our entire team are excited that their hard work, dedication and organization is appreciated. Thank you so much for staying and diving the Bligh Water with us, we hope to see you back again when the time is right. Vinaka vakalevu and have a sensational day.

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