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Dive Review of Paradise Taveuni in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni Island

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas , IL, US
Contributor   (12 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6630
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Solomons, PNG, Truk, Palau, Coral Sea, Belize, Grand Turk, Maui, Roatan,
Saba, Yap, Dominica, Costa Rica, Cabo Pulmo, Cozumel, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
 
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Paradise Taveuni is an exceptionally beautiful resort with amazing service,
particularly great for a romantic getaway.  We were treated wonderfully, so
it's a bit hard for me to write about some diving discomforts I had with my
recent trip in July.  But Undercurrent is about divers giving info to
divers.  Although the resort was exceptional, the diving was below average.
 We had enough days to do 11 dives but only 3 of them rated special notes
in my dive log, and they were all at Rainbow Reef.  Despite being assured
by my travel agent and the resort's website that they go to Rainbow Reef
regularly, upon arrival, we discovered that this resort is a longer trip to
Rainbow Reef than the website claims, and they don't go there if conditions
aren't "right."  And to make matters worse- they don't go to the
closer Vuna reef's good sites unless conditions are "right."  (I
also heard from a reliable source that the Rainbow Reef is definitely
better than the Vuna reef.)  The vast majority of the dives were on rocky,
dead reef on Taveuni shores near the resort, and I see no excuse for that! 
Crown of thorns were noted in multiple locations.  I heard from someone
that there has been a recent bleaching in this area?  The dive service was
exceptional (except they didn't have any nitrox the entire week although we
had prepaid for it), but choice of dive sites is critical!  I really think
they could have made it to some better sites by driving up calmer waters
along the shore and then cutting across the strait to the Rainbow Reef the
way I learned that Garden Island Resort does it.  We met divers from Garden
Island Resort on a beach safety stop, and they said they'd dived at Rainbow
Reef every single one of their dives on their trip- the same exact days
that we were visiting.  On one day's diving, I got the distinct impression
that they were diving us close to the resort so that they could get the
boat back in time to take out a group of snorkelers, and then they didn't
take us out to the Vuna reef after the snorkelers got back (cuz
"conditions weren't right"), even though the snorkelers had just
been taken there!  So if you like your trip to involve an absolutely
beautiful resort- this would work out great because it's way way way more
beautiful than the Garden Island resort.  But if you are "diving
first" like I am, this more remote location could be a big
disappointment in the dive site category- it was for me and my wife.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Fijibigal at Aug 07, 2012 19:04 EST  
Bula It was a pleasure having you at Paradise Taveuni in July. Thank you
for your comments I would like to add a couple of points if I may. Your 5
day stay included 10 Boat dives. Your dive profile we have on record for
your stay states the following dives. 
11/07/12 Single Shore Dive, 
12/07/12 Double Boat dive Vuna reef, 
13/07/12 Morning double boat dive Rainbow Reef + Afternoon single Boat Dive
Vuna reef, 
14/07/12 Triple Boat dive Rainbow reef, 
15/07/12 double boat dive Vuna Reef. 
We did apologies in regards to not having Nitrox and a full refund for this
was credited to your room account.
Weather conditions, tides, and dive experience of ALL divers on the boat
are taken into account when choosing dive sites.
We note recently that a diver group of 24 whom was here, dived Rainbow reef
7 out of 9 days as weather conditions and dive experience of the group  was
good.
It's unfortunate that you did not mention any of these points during your
stay with us as we would have had a private boat for just the 2 of you,
which we have done many times before when requested. Regards  Allan
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