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Dive Review of Aquaventure/Maravu Plantaion Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Haines, CO, USA
Report Number 1338
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Been to Cozumel 3 times
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth and remaining air were watched closely  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
26 Aug 04 - 4 Sept 04
I started planning this trip over a year ago. I wanted it to be special,
romantic, and now that my wife is a diver, I wanted to add some great
diving too.  I decided on staying at the Maravu Plantation Resort on
Taveuni Island and diving with Aquaventure. 

The flight from LAX to Nadi was long, (10 1/2 hours) but Air Pacific made
it very comfortable. The meals were good (no really they were) and everyone
had a TV in the headrest in front of them, with 10 movie channels and radio
channels. Service was excellent. Most every one slept a good portion of the
flight, as we were to land in Nadi at 5:00 AM SATURDAY! Going through
customs was a breeze. We got our bags, and had plenty of time to have a cup
of coffee and make our 7:30 flight to Taveuni on Air Fiji.
WOW, 23 hours after we left Denver and here we are. We were greeted with
"welcome home". Because we arrived at 9:00 AM and our room (Bure)
wasn't ready, we were introduced to many of the staff, handed a fruit drink
and fed breakfast. I can't say enough about Maravu, the staff was simply
wonderful. Once they were introduced to you, they would call you by your
first name, each and every time they met you. If you needed anything, they
were there to help.
Finally it was time to check out our Bure.. It was very nice inside, it had
a sitting area and a desk, mini fridge fully stocked, a CD player, and a
large shower with plenty of hot water. (no TV or Phone thanks goodness)
Water is great, you can drink it right out of the tap. Also, our Bure had a
private Jacuzzi hot tub outside that got plenty of use. The maid service
was outstanding, they must have visited the room several times a day to
make sure our towels were clean and the bed was made or turned down for the

After lunch (a 3-course meal) we walked over to the dive shop Aquaventure
which is a short walk across the street. We met Jim and Tania and made sure
we were on the schedule for the next 5 days. They offered to pick us up
every morning @ 7:45 at the resort and explained how everything worked. We
had to show our C-cards and of course sign our life away as usual. After a
fabulous dinner we had no problems sleeping as we had had a very long day.

The next morning, Sunday 29 Aug, we were up early and made our way to
breakfast at 7:00 but it seems that they don't serve breakfast or at least
start putting out the food on the tables until about 7:30. We were able to
get some coffee and juice and at 7:30 a quick omelet and then our ride
showed up promptly at 7:45. I could see we were going to have to work
something out if we were going to be able to eat a good breakfast before
diving. After a day or two of trial and error, we had it all worked out
and the staff came through again. (Thank you Olita & Laite) They asked
what we wanted and when the divers showed up early in the morning, they
brought out fruit plates and omelets, coffee and juice special for us. And
by 7:30 the rest of everything was out on the tables if we wanted anything
Lunch and dinner are 3 course meals, so they provide two or three choices
for you to pick from, including a veggie choice.

My only recommendation for improvement for Maravu: Since diving is a big
part in this area, and all the dive shops appear to be on the same
7:45-8:00 schedule, I would recommend moving up the breakfast schedule to
7:00. This would allow all the divers to enjoy a relaxing meal and still
have time to order the lunch and dinner meals.
In the category of: "Going beyond the call of duty, and providing the
extra personal service:
1: I had arranged a candle light dinner on our anniversary by the pool.
Well refer to story above. My wife was not going to sit by the pool at
night with the frogs, so the staff offered to set up our dinner in our
Bure. They brought over a table and all the trimmings. Then Tracy, bless
her heart, carried each part of our meal to us at the appropriate time. 
After dinner she and several others, along with the band came in to sing to
us and bring a cake. It was a wonderful memorable evening thanks to them. 
Aquaventure met us at the resort and took us to the dive shop with all our
gear. (they have plenty of rental stuff if you need anything) They will
take your stuff and load it on the boat for you and hook every thing up.
They have a small boat that will hold 6 divers  comfortably. It has a
canvas roof for sun protection too. It took about 30 or so minutes plus or
minus to get to each of our dive spots all on "Rainbow Reef". The
DM always gave a good dive brief of what to expect in regard to currents,
the reef, the critters, and the flow of the dive with techniques on how to
avoid the strong currents, depth and time limits, and how we were going to
execute the safety stop. (And they actually made you listen)  After each
dive they would check your max depth and air remaining.  They would provide
cookies, coconut, and fruit. With juice, hot chocolate, and tea.
All the dives were fabulous and the DMs were very accommodating.  The full
trip report with pictures can be read here:
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