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

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Guadalupe Edgar, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3994
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Northern California, Hawaii, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives are guided. Recommended depths but no enforcement unless you come
near deco limit on 1st dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate water supplied for camera gear provided on boat and some camera
equipment available for rent.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The resort is small (30 rooms) and has two dive boats that are comfortable
for 10-12. The dive sites are truly close to the resort and the boat rides
were an easy 10-20 minutes for the first dive. The crews all had a great
sense of what spots to hit for best coral viewing without massive current
issues. They will take special requests but you're probably better off
listening to the captain's recomendations. Otherwise, you may just see the
Great White Wall while its just a black drop off.

Divers should be ready for current that shifts depending on location during
the dive and should be comfortable with safety stops without lines in
moderate current. Briefs were good, often with visual provided on a slate
by the captain. The guides went at a slow enough pace for photography when
the current wasn't too high and were eager to point out any critter of
interest. Among sightings over 5 days of diving: banded sea snake, octopus
acitve during daylight, several reef sharks, dolphins on the surface,
several large turtles, multiple eel species, lion fish on display. 

Nigh dives available when afternoon weather permits, which may only be once
or twice a week given that afternoon rains during this season are common.
Surface intervals were at a fantastic beach on the larger island across the
Somosomo Straight.

The rooms at the resort are not fancy, the bathrooms could use some work
but the air conditioning more than made up for any lack of decor and made
fast work of drying clothes hung out on the balcony. Food was basic but
usually tasty although you may want to think twice about the offerings at
the weekly BBQ as quite a few guests went down ill that night. 

Overall, great diving, good living conditions if you're not looking for
luxury, and a very friendly staff.
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