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

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Sean Bruner, Arizona, USA
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Report Number 5319
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Palau, PNG, Carribean, Mexico, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 minute dives; need buddy; different depth restrictions on each dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
        We can recommend Paradise Taveuni resort, with some reservations.
The resort is beautiful, like virtually all resorts in Fiji, with lovely
grounds and a swimming pool overlooking the ocean with mountains of Vanua
Levu in the distance.  The bures (bungalows) are attractive with a queen
bed in a separate, small room, a good-sized sitting room with refrigerator
(and outrageously priced mini-bar snacks and drinks) and a modern bathroom
with tub and shower, closet space, two sinks and even an outdoor shower. 
One outlet in the bathroom has 115 volt current for American accessories.
The staff, as is usual on Fiji, was friendly and attentive.
	The diving is first rate.  Pro-Dive, the on-premises, independent 5 star
PADI operation, is professional and well run.  The owner, Carl, a Colorado
ex-pat, is reserved but friendly.  The boats are fast, although very basic.
 They dive two different reef systems, the famous Rainbow Reef and Vuna
Reef, and they are the only resort to dive the latter, since the resort is
further from the airport by quite a distance than any other dive resort on
Taveuni.  The coral on Vuna Reef is pristine hard corals of staggering
variety, with an abundance of tropical fish, all the usual suspects in this
neck of the woods.  The coral on Vanu Reef rivaled that of PNG or even some
places in Indonesia.  Although the resort advertises pelagics at Vuna Reef,
we only saw a couple of sharks in 10 dives, many fewer than at other spots
in Fiji, such as Beqa Lagoon.  Rainbow Reef had some spectacular dives,
such as the amazing White Wall, featuring unusual white soft coral that
looked like snow, and several colorful swim-throughs.  Annies Bomie had
abundant colorful soft coral, as good as any wed seen on Fiji. The
divemasters, Billy and Charlie, native Fijians, were attentive and quick to
point out interesting subjects, such as leaf scorpion fish, juvenile
sweetlips, harlequin shrimp, and the like.  Whats not to like, then?
	The problems, however, spoiled the idyll of the vacation.  First, we were
placed in a bure in back (garden view) that was just in front of the
maintenance shed and generator.  The generator needs to be moved at least
100 meters further back from the bures.  The noise from the workers and the
generator was constant, as was the traffic in front of our bure, making it
difficult to take a nap or engage in other, more private activities.  Even
worse, however, was the smell of diesel that permeated the room.  After
several gentle complaints, we were moved next door.  This was a vast
improvement, since it cut down on the traffic (although there was still
some) and our garden view consisted of a garden and not the maintenance
shed.  But the noise from the generator and the fumes persisted, even when
we closed all the windows to the back, and we would wake up from naps with
a headache.  The hot water was spotty, and we were forced to take a couple
of cold showers after diving, never a pleasant prospect.
	We had bought a package, as is normal on these vacations, but the hidden
costs just mounted up.  On a previous trip, at the Beqa Lagoon Resort, our
package also included meals and we got a salad and/or soup, a choice of
meat, fish or vegetarian main course, and dessert.  At Paradise, our
voucher said, breakfast, one course lunch and a two course dinner.  Did you
know salad and dessert are two courses?  Neither did we, and it wasnt
explained during the orientation.  On the third day, we were pressured to
upgrade to a better meal plan, since we noticed you have been ordering
extras.  Until then, we had no clue that much of our food was not
included, but was being tallied at New York City prices.  One expects to
pay for drinks from the bar and items from the mini-bar, but it had never
been explained that when we had soup and a sandwich for lunch, the soup was
$F10 each.  We declined the upgrade, however, since they wanted to charge
us $F40 per day per person!  On Christmas day, we were pressured to buy the
Christmas dinner, at $F50 each!  We refused, as did the two other American
diver families, and we were all banished from the dining room to across the
lawn for Christmas dinner.  All that said, it must be noted that the food
was quite good, with a varied, imaginative menu and excellent
One final complaint is that we were forced to pay a fuel surcharge for
the trips to Rainbow Reef, which was a 30 minute boat ride away.  It was
$F40 per person per day, the equivalent of about $25 US.  Although our
voucher did mention the possibility of a fuel charge, we had no idea it
would be this much, since no amount was stated.  When we went on the
Galapagos Aggressor and the Solmar V to the Revillagigedo Islands, the
voucher clearly stated that we would be charged $100 each for a fuel
surcharge, but those were 400 miles roundtrips, and on luxury liveaboards,
not 60 minute roundtrips on a bare-bones dive boat without a head!  What we
alone paid in fuel surcharges could have run the boat for a month or more. 
It felt sneaky.
	The diving at Paradise Taveuni is great, but if you go, make sure:  1) you
book an ocean view bure (especially Hibiscus) and whatever you do, dont
let them give you the Pandanus bure; 2) get the lowdown on the fuel
surcharge before you pay; 3) make sure you understand what is and is not
included in your meal package.
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