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

Paradise Dive/Paradise Taveuni: "Very good resort, good diving, not great dive operation", May, 2022,

by Valera Sakhnenko, ON, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 11985 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The resort is very good, accommodation and setting were great. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Service and attitude were great, and food was good as well. It was a great cultural experience.

Diving at the Rainbow Reef was very good. Not close to Raja Ampat, but way better than at the Caribbean. There were plenty of corals, and they were very colorful and healthy. We have not noticed any coral bleaching. Variety of anemones was the greatest we've ever seen. Many of them were quite unusual (to us). One day, on our way to the Rainbow Reef we met a pod of dolphins, and another day – a pod of pilot whales.

The Rainbow Reef is quite far from the resort – about 40 min by boat. Considering the distance, we usually did 3 dives in the morning-early afternoon, starting at about 7:00 - 7:30, and then we had a late lunch and a free the rest of the day.

Dive operation was not at par with the resort itself at the time of our visit. They advertised their dive boats as five star boats, but what we got was barely 3 stars. Most of days we were on a small fishing boat, not equipped for diving. They said that their big boat (of 26 divers capacity) was on a repair at the time of our visit.

It appears that they do not have good full-time guides, which could be problematic (if not dangerous) as diving the Rainbow Reef could be very challenging at certain tide conditions. For us they called a freelance guide, Wilson, who was our very good guide for 5 days. Be sure to ask for Wilson or Papa as your dive guides.

3 stars for environmental sensitivity is for discarding overboard all organic leftovers from snacks between dives.

We did not use any of our 3 night dives included in the package, as the feedback from other divers was not very exciting. Also, I did not do any shore diving, even though it was available.
We did not do snorkeling, but an Australian couple who was with us on the boat a few time said that on some sites they had the best snorkeling they’d ever had.

I did direct booking with the resort, and found their packages quite cumbersome, not typical I’ve ever experienced at other diver resorts. It took a lot of back and force to get what I wanted (i.e. a number of days and a number of dives). Be patient with the reservation, and keep records of what you agreed on.

For a more detailed and visual review of the resort and diving, please watch my video FIJI DIVING WITH PARADISE TAVEUNI:
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Websites Paradise Dive   Paradise Taveuni

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, North Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Hawaii, Andaman Sea, Philippines, Fiji
Closest Airport Nadi/Taveuni Getting There Toronto - Los Angeles - Nadi - Taveuni, then ~1.5 hour drive.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 28-30°C / 82-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-25 M / 66-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression dives, 60 min
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments There was no boat facilities for UWP, but they gave me a big crate to keep my rig safe on the boat.
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