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

AquaTrek/Garden Island Resort, Apr, 2007,

by Guadalupe Edgar, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3994.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Northern California, Hawaii, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All dives are guided. Recommended depths but no enforcement unless you come near deco limit on 1st dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate water supplied for camera gear provided on boat and some camera equipment available for rent.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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