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

Pro Dive Taveuni/Paradise resort, Jul, 2009,

by Paddy Ryan, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4955.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 150 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No time limit enforced as long as diving with and to computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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