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Dive Review of Paradise in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

Paradise, Sep, 2012,

by Kim Lachman, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6737.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Up until now, all Caribbean and Florida.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Come up with 300-500 pounds of air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

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 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Air Pacific was a pleasure to fly. My only complaint was their weight limitations on our luggage. I'd like to explain it, but I can't. They can't. However, they are quite certain that the penalties for going over are very punitive indeed! There is conflicting information within their own web site, our travel agent gave us yet a third set of restrictions. We flew down there with each of us having a bag of a bit less than 50 pounds (we left our octopuses and BCs at home) and breezed through. On the way back after leaving and consuming many pounds they then said we exceeded the weight limit. We showed them a print out from their own web site, the man shrugged and let us through without paying. Anyway, Paradise was BEATUTIFUL! The bures (think Gilligan's Island style huts) were spacious and well decorated. There's an outdoor Jacuzzi and shower that was heavenly. I've never met a more friendly and accommodating group of people in my life. They know you by first name upon your arrival and are constantly looking for ways to make your trip more pleasurable. You are first greeted by the owners Terri and Allan with a warm cloth to wipe your face, given a brief tour of the place, then a foot massage with a fruit plate and drink on the deck of your bure. The food was as the locals eat and I was thankful for that experience even though much of it was not to my liking. It was all very fresh, but not as seasoned. The drinks were...stick with the beer. Bitters was my beer of choice. There was not much of a night life. However, we really enjoyed reading talking and decompressing from life's stresses. The diving on the reef that was 10 minutes from the resort was extremely nice. Lots to see and the best I've ever seen if it weren't for Rainbow Reef that we went to every other day. The diving at Rainbow was unreal. The colors of the soft corals highlighted by so many fish that it almost obliterated the reef was like a Peter Max dream on acid. Simply crazy!
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