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Dive Review of Taveuni Ocean Sports/Taveuni Palms Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Albert Stevens, NJ, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6438
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fla Keys, Grand Turks, Great Barrier reef, New Zealand, Poor Knights
Island, Little Cay, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, and others
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
In our opinion the strong currents require the help of a local that
understands the currents and makes them work for you instead of
experiencing the unexpected. We were happy to comply with the dive master
who led us and pointed out many things we may have missed on our own  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or  
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
The setup for photography is modest but the subject matter is great. Lots
of subject matter on every dive. I used a single flash SeaLife and got very
good shots. The owner of the shop, Julie Kelly took pictures of our group
under water and did a nice job
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The resort, Taveuni Palms is a high end boutique resort that provides
outstanding facilities, quality gourmet food, and personalized service
beyond the best cruise ship I have ever been on. My wife and I came a year
ago on our honeymoon and decided to do it again and brought two friends
with us on this trip. The resort is owned and run by Kelly and Tony Acland.
It is expensive but provides great value for the money. 
This year the resort uses Taveuni Ocean Sports owned and operated by Julie
Kelly. We did one dive one our honeymoon last year with a different dive
operator. We did not get a good briefing and the current was fast and not
enjoyable. This year the dive plan was given by Julie with a drawing of the
dive area, explanation of the currents and how we would dive the currents.
What a difference a good dive master makes in having a great experience.
Julie taught us so much about drift diving. Julie also spends time before
the first dive giving an educational session on the environment and sea
life. She is a great teacher both above and below the water. When Julie
determined that we were all skilled enough, she introduced us to the hook
so that we could stay in one spot and watch the fish and examine the coral.
Also great for taking pictures. The things that we saw would take a book to
describe-- must see and experience this yourself. We did 10 dives in 5 days
with Julie and hope to do it again next year
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