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Dive Review of Aqua-Trek Taveuni/Garden Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu

Aqua-Trek Taveuni/Garden Island Resort, Nov, 2002,

by Ned Jewett, MI, US . Report 259.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia(2), Tahiti, Mexico, Carribean,
US Eastern Seaboard and Great Lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 79 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 85 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Following the very good divemaster / guides is best if not familior with the dive site. Following the predive instruction is imparitive in regards to the currents.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The dive crew are very familior with photographer requirements.
Photographers had their own divemaster who worked hard finding the small critters.
On board camera rinse as well as on shore.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The food is exceptional and everything is prepaired on site. You won't lose weight here regardless on the number of dives.
McDondald lovers have a great opportunaty for improving their pallet.
The accomodations more than sufficient. All personel very helpful and pleasant.

World class entertainment is provided by other world travelers as Fiji is a very transient place with many divers from all over the world. No TV. Non required either.

The Aqua-Trek dive operation is very good with knowledgable and helpful crew members. All divemasters know the sites and how to deal with the variable diving conditions namely currents. Pay attention to the "PREDIVE INSTRUCTION"
Regarding the strong currents, my safety hook (usually used to hang for the safety stops) was very useful attached to DEAD coral while viewing various "cleaning stations". All divemasters should have these.
There are three HP compressors with a forth larger one being installed in the future.
NITROX is available upon request.

Our weather was very rainy for this time of the year as the rainy season started some 3-4 weeks early. My non diving Wife was realy patient.

The surface times are typically used to see the sites and The waterfalls and slides are worth the trips too as is the "Village Trip" where one can learn how to process Kova and other local favorites.

The poeple are most friendly and always call out "Bula" in welcome.



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