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Dive Review of Paradise in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Kim Lachman, IL, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6737
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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