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Dive Review of Pro Dive Taveuni/Paradise resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Paddy Ryan, CO, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4955
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Kadavu, Beqa, Bligh Water, Namena, Mamanucas, Cozumel, Bahamas, Solomons,
Western Samoa, Niue, Indonesia, Great Barrier Reef, Sea of Cortez,
Fiordland New Zealand, Poor Knights
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No time limit enforced as long as diving with and to computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Good at handling cameras, set up cushions for housing to rest on. I don't
remember whether there was a dunk bucket or not.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Although I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about Fiji diving, having
done over 500 dives in Fiji and lived there for over ten years, I had never
dived on Taveuni before. It was with great interest that I dived with Pro
Dive Taveuni. I only had time for three dives, two boat dives in the
morning and a shore dive in the afternoon.

The boat, an aluminum hulled vessel with a sunshade and very smooth Suzuki
four stroke outboard, got us to our first dive site quickly. This site,
Fish Factory, was well-named. It was my first dive for nearly a year so I
was initially concerned with both dive and camera gear. I had my own dive
guide for the entire dive and he kept a solicitous eye on me while I did my
own thing. I saw several angelfish species I do not remember seeing
elsewhere in Fiji most notably the blackspot angelfish Genicanthus
melanospilos and the three-spot angelfish Apolemichthys trimaculatus. I
spent most of my dive trying to get good photos of these, thereby missing
out on the turtle and the large moray eel everyone else saw.

We had our surface interval on a secluded beach on Vanualevu, just across
the Somosomo Strait from the resort. The second dive, also on the Rainbow
Reef was named Rainbow's End.  My deepest was 68 feet but most of the
action was at 30-40 feet. Rainbow's End consists mostly of closely clumped
isolated coral heads, each festooned with soft corals and sponges of every
imaginable hue. If characteristic of the whole of Rainbow Reef it is
extraordinarily well-named.

My third dive was a shore dive. I entered the water down a short ladder and
was immediately in four feet of water, ten fin strokes later I was in
fifteen feet and surrounded by profuse hard coral growth. Fifty yards from
the dock at sixty five feet were three blue ribbon eels, red cleaner
shrimp, dragonets and various shrimp. This is probably the best true shore
dive I've done. The house reef at Wakatobi possesses more variety, but you
still have to access it through a dive boat, so it doesn't count as a true
shore dive.

Accommodation at Paradise resort is superb. The bures have large cool floor
tiles and are made of local materials, much of it recycled coconut wood
from the nearby coconut plantations. Ceiling fans keep the rooms cool.
There is both an indoor and outdoor shower. I chose the outdoor shower and
was serenaded (yelled at is probably a better description) by the collared
lories that perched in a nearby tree. Sea view bures have spa baths.  There
is a well maintained infinity pool and very attractive gardens and
well-manicured lawns. Food was good and the salads excellent considering
the challenges associated with providing a good green salad in Fiji. 

Although I left my wallet and Swiss army knife (the one with tools for open
heart surgery and a valve job on the car) lying around my room, there were
absolutely no security issues. People were friendly and all knew my name
within a day.

I liked it so much I'm leading a dive trip back to Taveuni (and Kadavu
probably) in July 2010.
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