Nitrox offers longer bottom times and an increased margin of safety on multi-day expeditions with lots of repetitive diving. Learn to use nitrox during your charter.
Skiff Diving - The Quick & Easy Way to Dive
Many people diving in the Pacific for the first time seem apprehensive about skiff diving. By the end of the charter, those same people realize that well-orchestrated skiff diving is the only civilized way to dive. For the most part the Western Pacific is either two feet deep or two thousand feet deep, so there is no way to anchor or moor a big ship close to the dive sites. And, where currents are a part of the picture, "close" to a dive site isn't close enough. You want to be right on top of the site when you drop in.
Even more important is the freedom of not having to get back to where you started. NAI'A's skiffs will pick you up wherever you surface. Divers accustomed to the 40-40-20 rule (swim out for 40% of your air; swim back for 40%; and hope the last 20% covers your navigation mistakes or the current you didn't account for....) will be delighted by the extended dive time, photographic opportunities, and room to maneuver that the skiffs allow. Skiff diving is safer, too, since you never have to stress yourself getting back to where you started.
NAI'A uses two 6.8 meters rigid inflatables designed for the lobster grounds at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. These are robust boats, and their low freeboard makes them easy to exit and enter. Our ladders help make those exits easy, even for those with back and shoulder problems. Because NAI'A uses two skiffs, divers who surface early are whisked back to the ship where they can have a shower and a brownie while they wait for the hard-core macro photographers to complete their dive.
Fiji’s many pristine deep reefs are perfect for rebreather divers who dive deeper to see giant gorgonian coral and sometimes schooling hammerhead sharks.
NAI’A has buoyancy compensators, regulators, dive computers, lights and wetsuits to rent.
Take advantage of your holiday to add some specialty PADI dive courses. Our Cruise Directors have taught hundreds of students and offer a variety of courses.
“I have just had a marvellous 10 days aboard Nai'a. As usual, your Fijian crew are rather special, and all the other guests felt the same. It was so great to be aboard again.”
~ Quentin, 6-time passenger, New Zealand