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

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Matthew D. Schultz, WI, USA
Report Number 2065
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas (Exumas and Bimini chains), Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Lake Superior
(wrecks), Lake Michigan (wrecks), Pacific Northwest, Puerto Rico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational dive limits were the main rules enforced. One divemaster lead
the way (sometimes needed in some of the mazes of coral heads), but we
could dive our own profiles. They do provide Nitrox fills at 32%, and they
monitor depth limits when using it.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The subject matter is simply stunning here. Soft corals and the fish upon
them are litterally swarming in front of your lens. Although the boat had
ample fresh water rinse tanks for the cameras, the camera table is nothing
more than the life jackets on the deck of the boat. That being said, they
do take great care in handling your equipment. And they have a nice large
rinse tank when you return from your day of diving.
Garden Island Resort really lacks any camera facillities, so if shooting
digital, pack your computer since you'll easily fill your memory card in no
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Garden Island Resort and Aqua Trek have teamed together to cater to the
diving community in a manner that gives you a memorable, pleasurable, and
relaxing vacation. Aqua Treks staff members are friendly, knowledgeable,
and have some of the best divemasters weve seen in recent memory. They
like to have fun, which makes for a better dive for vacationers while at
the same time ensuring diver safety at all times. The dive shop is simple,
yet well laid out, allowing ample drying racks inside for all your
equipment. They also have great compressor facilities and provide nitrox
fills at a standard mix of 32 percent.

As divers that are used to hauling our own equipment, we truly felt spoiled
by Aqua Treks staff as they would carry all your equipment to and from the
dive boat, thoroughly rinse your dive equipment at the end of the day, and
hang it up in their locked shop at night to have it all ready for you the
next morning. 

As far as safety is concerned this shop has one of the best operations
weve seen in a long time. After every dive, they do a roll call, while
recording your depth and time on a chart that they file in their shop. At
the end of every day, you must sign off on your dives. Nitrox fills are
analyzed, logged, and signed-off before you even leave the shore.

Dive sites are spectacular, with many healthy corals, ample fish life, and
many other critters. Currents at the White Wall can be strong, so newer
divers should watch their air consumption. Divemasters here seem to respect
the coral and aquatic life a great deal being certain not to disturb their
surroundings with their group as much as possible. That being said, they
still manage to find things in the coral heads that will simply amaze you.
Surface intervals are always on a beach where you can spend the time eating
a snack either on the beach or in the shade of trees, or snorkeling in the
shallows where lionfish, octopus, and eels can be found in as little as six
feet of water. Night dives are offered, but they require a minimum of four
divers and 24 hours notice to the staff. 

The resorts rooms are simple, yet they have to have some of the quietest
air conditioners Ive ever heard, making sleeping at night very restful.
The gardens around the resort are very beautiful and provide the fresh
flowers you have every day in your room and at the dinner table. The food
is spectacular, the staff very friendly, to the point where and at times
you feel like royalty. There are also several hikes you can take in the
surrounding area  but be wary with some of the tropical rains since they
can produce flash floods when near some of the streams and waterfalls. 
This truly was a diver's paradise.
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