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Dive Review of Aqua-trek/Garden Island in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Traveuni

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Norman Ross, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4149
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Honduras, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
During our stay at Garden Island the ownership of the resort and dive shop
changed, which probably caused some of the problems with the dive shop.
Five days of diving and I had four different dive masters and only one was
competent. Most of the dive sites have a strong current (think Cozumel's
Barracuda Reef) on top of the reef, but much less current along the side
and deeper on the reef. Most of the time we would start the dive swimming
across or into the current to get to where we would go down. And on my last
dive the dive master took us to the top of the reef where we spent 15
minutes swimming into the curent.
Garden Island is an old motel and the rooms are about what you would expect
in a motel. 
Each room had a ceiling fan, air conditioner, small refrigerator and a
decent bed. All of the rooms had a patio or balcony with an ocean view. 
There was no television and the internet connection was slow and
Fiji Gold was $4.50 FJ and Fiji Premium was $5.50 FJ with happy hour from
4-7 offering a $1.00 discount. The food was good with several entrees at
lunch and dinner. This maybe a Texas thing, but if they would season the
food it would taste better.
At the Zoo reef we saw 10-12 white and black tip reef sharks. On the White
Wall, which is unbelievably beautiful, we found a small lionfish, 5 cleaner
shrimp and an anemonefish in one hole. We also saw three Humphead Wrasse,
Ribbon Eel, Moorish Idol, Clown Triggerfish, Titan Triggerfish and many
butterflyfish. There were many fish to see, but the currents made it hard
to get good pictures.
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