I'm a mother to three, living in and loving Fiji since 2001. I also do wedding and portrait photography under my business, Island Encounters Photography, based in Nadi, Fiji. www.islandencountersphotography.com
Published October 12th 2013
Spectacular diving and top-notch staff
After over two decades of diving the world's best dive sites both recreationally and vocationally, Adam Hewitt, underwater adventurer extraordinaire, took one dive off Viti Levu's Navula Barrier Reef and loved it so much he bought the dive centre. Yep, the diving is THAT good.
Adam's passion for this gorgeous reef has not worn off after six years of instructing, diving and showing the world his aquatic back yard. He's full of energy and amazing stories; he's earned his salt at sea. He's also ultra-professional when it comes to safety, certifications and gear. His beautiful wife Carrie is the office manager at the dive centre, and she'll take great care of you before and after your dive with Scuba Bula.
It's the combination of the staff's personal touch and the astounding diving that makes this dive centre stand above and beyond the rest. The Fijian staff, including sweet Scuba Sam (the founder of Scuba Bula) and Api are just as great as the Hewitts, and are very experienced, easy-going and professional with over 20,000 dives between them. Be prepared to celebrate your dive or new certification over a bowl of kava with them all, Fiji-style, as they welcome you into the Scuba Bula family!
The dive centre is located at Seashell@Momi, a mid-budget resort on Momi Bay (about 45 min. south of Nadi airport). My family's weekend at Seasheall@Momi and Scuba Bula was a fun one--including several dives, peering in tide-pools with the kids, and splashing down the water slide.
We came to join our friend on her initial scuba certification. And what a way to begin! On the first dive of the weekend she saw humpback whales from the boat, as well as two sharks and a ray during her dive. The second dive we saw several more sharks, a nudibranch and a really cool mysterious casing (anyone know what this is?)
The following images are from the Scuba Bula site, just to give you an idea of what you can see on the Navula Reef.