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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4935
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Bali, Lembeh, Palau, Tahiti, Sipidan, Philippines, Bahamas, St.
Vincent, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Camera designated rinse bucket on boat when requested, staff handled
housing with care, rinse tanks at shop. Lighting in rooms is dim so I used
a flashlight when handling o-rings, etc. Don't forget South Pacific plug
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is not the Garden Island Resort of years past.  The new owners have
renovated and redecorated the property, and it is a comfortable, easy, and
relaxing place for a dive trip. Creature comforts like down comforters and
pillows, mini fridge, coffee and tea making station, DVD player, and fresh
flowers placed around my room everyday were nice surprises.  Downstairs
rooms have a jetted spa on the patio. They are in the process of completing
the facility for spa treatments and putting finishing touches on the
building renovation. The manager Nigel, and his wife Carol, did a great job
in making sure guests were happy and had everything they needed. 
The restaurant has a full bar and nightly entertainment.  Meals were
excellent, with a variety of choices. 
Taveuni is famous for its multi colored soft coral, and sights like Jerry's
Jelly and Rainbows End were exactly what I had hoped for.  Whitetips were
common, and I saw turtles and octopus on a couple of dives.  Some sights
like Jack's Place had so many tropical fish that I switched to my macro
lens.  Not a bad choice, as the divemasters pointed out blue ribbon eels,
leaf fish, nudibranches, and blennies.
The dive shop is on the property, and your gear will be washed and set up
for you every day.  Boat is fast and roomy, but no head. Time to dive sites
is approximately 10-20 minutes. Snack between dives on a beautiful beach. 
Lunch provided on 3 tank days.
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