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Dive Review of Paradise Taveuni in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

Paradise Taveuni: "Paradise Taveuni and Rainbow Reef are My Paradise", Jan, 2019,

by Ellen Weber, CA, US ( 1 report with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10837 has 4 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [This was our first time diving on Taveuni. In previous years we stayed at Moody’s Namena, and the Cousteau Resort. I found the diving on Taveuni to be equal to that at Namena, which had been my benchmark for beautiful reef and lots of beautiful colorful fish. If we had hit the visibility better, Rainbow reef would have been beyond magical. As it was the hard and soft coral were beautiful and plentiful, as the soft coral seems to be recovering from some storm damage a few years ago. The numbers of colorful reef fish were incredible—schools and schools of different ones, including the banner fish that looks like a Moorish idol. We saw a number of reef sharks, turtles, lobster and eels. On the smaller scale, there were quite a variety of shrimp, a wide variety of nudibranchs and crabs which the guides, particularly Christine, the dive shop manager, were great to point out. The drift diving made for easy diving in a very beautiful setting which is my ideal. The night dives are shore dives right off the resort and were full of eels, sleeping fish, lobster and a large active sea snake.
We had only 4-7 people diving at a time, capable and attentive dive guides and I felt safe. They are extremely tuned in to your needs and desires and strive to give you the experience you want and better. Typically you can do three dives on the boat a day which can include a lovely beach picnic between dives two and three. My husband is the photographer and he enjoyed the air conditioned and dedicated camera room at the resort. He prefers to find a place and sit to photograph, which is difficult with drift diving. The shore dive offers that option and they have beautiful resident blue eels to photograph there.
The rooms are clean, good sized and comfortable with a/c. There is a refrig and plenty of filtered water available. The bed was comfortable. The rooms and the grounds are lovely and well maintained. We particularly loved the private outdoor shower after a dive—a very lovely experience in the rain!
I can’t say enough about the Fijiian people, and the staff at the Paradise is the best there is. They are the most welcoming hosts. They have a great sense of humor and are always calm, quiet and seem to know what will please you before you do. It is not a tipping society so they act from the heart. Most places have a Christmas fund box that you contribute to. This resort is well run by Australian owners Alan and Terry who are very available and helpful. They had to rebuild the resort three years ago after Hurricane Winston took it out and so it feels pretty new. If you can, get the full story. The food at the Paradise is excellent (Alan is an executive chef) and they catered well to my gluten free diet, offering the best gluten free bread.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bahamas, Grand Turk), Australia, Galapagos, Belize
Closest Airport Nadi Getting There Air Fiji flies nonstop from SFO or LAX to Nadi

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 79-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It was mostly drift diving so we all needed to surface together with our small group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Very thoughtful on land facilities for photographers including an a/c dedicated large camera room and a separate camera wash area.
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