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

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Evers, CA, USA
Report Number 316
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Garden Island resort is located on the Island of Taveuni.  It is the
closest dive operation to Rainbow Reef which is one of the best dive areas
in Fiji.  The resort originally was a Travel Lodge so when I booked my stay
there I thought that the place might be a bit tacky.  I was pleasantly
surprised to discover that the accommodations had incorporated a fair
amount of Fijian ambiance to counter the American style building.  Granted,
the rooms looked like they could have been from any typical motel, but the
restaurant/bar area had a nice tropical feel.  The restaurant food was
unbelievably good.  Breakfast is buffet or cook to order, and an excellent
menu is provided for lunch and dinner.  I highly recommend going with the
food plan when making reservations.  A rather good house band plays every
night in the bar area which is a pleasant way to spend some time after
dinner.  There is no beach at this resort and thats a good thing.  The
shoreline area is notorious for shark attacks.  Fortunately that isnt a
problem in the diving area in Somosomo Strait.  The diving is typically in
current, although, on this trip, I did the Great White Wall twice  both
times at the same time of day  the first time in a strong current and two
days later in no current at all!  The dive operation was OK.  The boats
were fine, the briefings were adequate,  but the guides were not as good as
I have seen at other resorts in Fiji.  Somosomo Strait has strong currents
so I would have expected the guides to be more attentive to watching
divers.  On a number of dives the current was significantly stronger near
the surface but became quite manageable at the bottom.  Because of this a
descent/ascent  line was used for entry and exit. The guides dont seem to
mind swimming into strong currents, but a lot of divers dont go diving for
the exercise!	
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