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

Garden Island Resort, Jul, 2009,

by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4935.

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

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 65 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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 adaptor.

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

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