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“Waste of time”
Review of Deep Blue Diving

Deep Blue Diving
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Nuku'alofa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our deep oceans and pristine aqua green blue waters, is home to healthy soft and hard corals, a variety of small fishes, lion fish, moray eels, puffer fish, angel fish, wrasses, and larger animals turtles, white tip, leopard, grey nurse sharks, schools of baracudas. Diving is superb all year round. Water Temp 24 degrees, 12 - 40 meters visibility. Relaxing drift, wall, wreck dives.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We booked a fishing trip with Deep Blue as they advertise this on their web page about bountiful waters, marlin, tuna and mahimahi. On the day of the booking we contacted the person Deep Blue had told us to contact and he knew nothing about the fishing trip. We had a confirmed email for the trip. On return home I had an email saying they had a system error. The fishing trip did go ahead a few days later and the guide said that there is no fish around Tonga - you have to go to the outer islands. We proved this to be incorrect by using another charter. Be aware and don't let this one charter ruin the Tongan Friendly Isles name

1  Thank Lynda W
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We dived with Sam and his team nearly a year ago now and are horrified that it's taken us so long to write a review - shame on us.

Sam gave us great advice and picked the best dive location for our experience, the time of year and local sea conditions on the day - so we went out to The Canyon and The Christmas Trees on the Outer Reef. There were 2 of us plus 1 other client with Sam as guide for the day. There wasn't a great deal of choice of rental gear but certainly enough to do the job - we took our own MSFs and regs anyway, and wetsuits weren't essential as the water was 24deg (tho I did rent one but needn't have bothered).

Everything got quite wet in the boat but it's so warm there - what the hey! Great viz on the dive and Sam was a good dive guide tho fairly laid back about it which suited us fine as we are quite experienced divers; my partner is an instructor and we had told Sam that we had our own dive business in NZ for 10 yrs. Sam was accommodating of my very slow to clear ears - if not, I wouldn't have been able to go, so that was much appreciated. He also took good care of the 3rd diver who was less experienced.

Loved the dives themselves and had a very cool turtle encounter along with heaps of tropical fish tho would have liked more of a post dive briefing to help identify exactly what we'd seen, but we just bought a local book and enjoyed working it out for ourselves anyway.

They did forget to pack me a veggie lunch but hunted around for stuff for me to eat and were hugely apologetic that I couldn't really mind!

A few days later we took the ferry across to Eua Island to dive with a branch of the same company over there. By coincidence Sam was there too so was on our trip again altho Wolfgang was our dive guide. We stayed at Ovala Lodge that Sam and Wolfgang have developed between them with Wolfgang having done most of the building (from cedar sourced on the island) - a truly funky place. Our cabin was like a tree-house altho actually just built up a very steep hill. The shower in the ensuite just backed straight onto the bush-covered hillside (no back wall!) and was super cool!! Kathleen made magnificent pizzas and pancakes in the woodfired pizza oven - it was all amazing (and very tasty!)

So, the diving on Eua....didn't get the names of the dive sites but the first one was in some naturally lit caves, full of tuna cruising around inside. Spectacular. Some big grouper and huge lion fish, also a big old Napoleon wrasse.

Second dive again, we were dropped on top of a coral mount - all very easy especially if you have slow ears like mine. Heaps of beautiful coral mounts on this dive and a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Had a very close up view of a turtle again (hawksbill?) and could hear humpback whales singing throughout most of the dive which was pretty special. Lots of flying fish alongside the boat on the way home too and a pod of dolphins just topped it all off.

(Sadly we had an old, cheap underwater camera that kept steaming up and not working, so really didn't do the u/w world the justice it deserved. Bought a new camera and housing as soon as we got home)

Tip - we actually flew out to the mainland later the same afternoon (having done our best to dive early and a little shallower than usual on the second dive) as the flight only goes to 300m as is 8 mins long. Altho we loved Eua we had already paid for accommodation at Heilala and so didn't want to spend a second night at Eua (but would have loved to really!!)

2  Thank AnchorTeAnau
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Can't fault this amazing team or place. Eua is a stunning island that still has the charm of not feeling touristy. There are whales everywhere, tonga hospitality, beautiful hikes and amazing dives. Staying with deep blue at the Ovava tree house was fantastic. Beautiful hand built houses, amazing food and there is a real sense of hospitality, there is nothing that can't be done.
I would highly recommend staying here, I had an amazing time and definitely didn't want to leave. Hopefully I'll be back again next year :D 

Thank sheridin
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Amazing!
Being a dive instructor i have worked and dived with many operations. Sam (Tonga owner/skipper/chef/Perfect host!) runs a fantastic operation with excellent super friendly/helpful staff that clearly have been well taught and no what to do and what to anticipate! On the dive boat with me was a group of photo mad Aussies. and the crew worked so hard getting kit/cameras to the right person!
I cannot fault this operation at all.
Sam is passionate about the whales and speaks about them lovingly! he does not chase them. If they want to play then so do we! if they don't he will not pursue them!
We had amazing whale swims, amazing dives (the cathedral is stunning!!) and an amazing time!
one of my favourite dive/free diving spots in the world!!

I wish i had longer!
and I wish i could go back and work there!

Thank tejhiney
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We had a choice of two whale swimming operators on 'Eua Island, and ended up joining in with a bunch Aussies who had booked a week of diving and whale swimming with Deep Blue Diving. Sam the owner is a big friendly Tongan who runs a professional operation, and his large dive boat is ideal for groups. I was concerned that being in a big noisy boat might be off-putting to the whales, but the guys know what they are doing: see a whale, head in that direction, then idle quietly along, hanging around and leting the whales come to the boat. It didn't seem to worry them at all, and we had excellent interactions on both trips we did.

Swimming experience number one was with a mother and calf, who seemed to enjoy our company and allowed us to get really close more than once. An added, unexpected highlight for some of us lucky enough to see it, was having a striped marlin cruise by while we were in the water.

Our second trip saw us getting in the water with two separate lots of whales. Two adults first of all, who didn't hand around for long. Then we struck gold with a group of 6 to 8 whales, who again, didn't spend long with us but it was such a thrill being in the water with so many at once.

'Eua is a great place to go for whale swimming - there are so many there that you will definitely see some, probably get in the water with some, and hopefully get a chance to spend a bit of time with some. It's a great experience, and with only two opertors in 'Eua, a very personal one.

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2  Thank Jeggles
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