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Dive Review of Aqua Trek/Garden Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Gordon, AK, USA
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Report Number 1390
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Samoa, Yap, Palau, Kosrae, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Rota, Papua New
Guinea, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal PADI standards.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Royalty could hardly have been treated better than the staff at Garden
Island Resort was with our group.  Always the staff was most cheerful and
helpful no matter the request or question.  They even learned our names,
and we learned theirs.  

The food was excellent and there was plenty of it.  The attentive and
friendly restaurant staff fed us until we thought we would pop, delicious
food. They even prepared a special dessert for one of our group who got
certified at Garden Island Resort.  The meal plan comes with the dive/hotel
package, and is a great deal.  

Rooms, while simple, with comfortable beds, are wonderfully air
conditioned, and proved a great thermal respite from the heat.  Every room
has a beautiful view of Somosomo Straits and Vanua Levu in the distance.   

The dive operation was wonderful as well, one of those special places where
your gear is rinsed and hung to dry every day.    One divemaster is still
there who was there ten years ago when I last visited Taveuni.  The quality
of the reefs has diminished since last I visited, but I wouldn't let that
stand in the way of a visit here.  There is still plenty to see and the
divemasters are locals and wonderfully informative, pointing out the
exceptional critters to us.  

There can be strong currents at the Great White Wall, so be sure you are
able to handle them before taking this lovely site on.  If you are the
least bit squeamish about this site, just ask one of the divemasters if you
can dive with them.  They are more than helpful.  We dove this site twice
on our visit, and once the current was consistently horizontal, and the
next time it was a strong down-current.  Our group consisted of almost all
divemasters and instructors except for our one newly-certified diver. 
Luckily he was with a divemaster at the time, and was well looked out for. 

The only negative aspect of our time diving with Aqua Trek was that we
weren't allowed to go to the beach during our surface interval.  We parked
the boat at a lovely beach, and were allowed to snorkle, but we were told
we couldn't go ashore to sit on the beach or explore.  Having such a
beautiful anchorage without being to get off the boat and "touch"
it was a pretty difficult and somewhat frustrating tease.

In addition to the diving, there are so many other opportunities to visit
the local village stores, a waterslide, waterfalls, and a wonderful village
visit complete with kava ceremony in the traditional style.  Not to miss is
the church service at the local mission a few miles away.  The singing and
music is exquisite and quite heavenly.  I'd go back to Garden Island Resort
even if I wasn't a diver, but because I am, this is a great choice for a
Fiji dive vacation.
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