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Dive Review of Paradise Taveuni in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

Paradise Taveuni: "Nice Resort, Wonderful People, Excellent Dive Operation, Good Diving", May, 2024,

by Hugh Aaron, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 12986.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments TRIP OVERVIEW

Note: This trip overview is the same for my reviews of both Paradise Taveuni (this review) and Oneta Resort (reviewed separately). The other sections of this review are specific to the particular resort/dive operation being reviewed.

We spent about three weeks in Fiji in late April and early May, 2024. We booked all our flights on one ticket, which is easy to do with Fiji Airways. That is important because the more generous international baggage allowances apply to all flights, including all inter-island flights if the inter-island flights are booked on the same itinerary as the international flights.

We initially flew into Nadi (pronounced “Nandi”) on the overnight flight from San Francisco. Nadi is Fiji’s international airport. It is on Viti Levu, the largest of the Fijian islands, which some Fijian’s call the “mainland.” Interestingly, Nadi is not the capital. The Capital is Suva, which is on the opposite side of Viti Levu. We spent four days in Nadi at the Platinum Cawa Apartments near the airport. We booked our apartment through Booking.com. The apartments are huge and the location is great for exploring the area. But it is not near the beach. We rented a car and toured Nadi and the surrounding area on our own. Highlights were touring the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, hiking in the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park and the guided tour of the Tavuni Hill Fort remains near Sigatoka.

Our Verizon Ultimate Unlimited Plan seemed to work fine in Fiji. However, that plan is limited to 10 gb of international data per month. While in Nadi, we visited the Digicel store where we purchased secondary e-Sims for our iPhones. For less than $25 US per phone we each got 225 gb of the fastest data that Digicel offered. After that, we hardly ever connected to Wifi anywhere as Digicel generally seemed faster.

TAVEUNI ISLAND OVERVIEW

Taveuni is north of Viti Levu, the main island. Taveuni is the third largest island in Fiji. The flight from Nadi to Taveuni takes about 90 minutes and passes over some beautiful scenery. Taveuni’s small airport is on the northern tip of the island in an area called Matei. There are a few small hotels in the Matei area and at least one dive operation. Most of the tourists sites are on the central east coast of the island including the Bouma National Heritage Park. We never made it to the eastern side of the island as it is a long and bumpy truck ride from the south end of the island where Paradise Taveuni is located. But if we had more time, we would have dedicated a day to see the rest of the island, including the eastern side.

PARADISE TAVEUNI OVERVIEW

Paradise Taveuni is located on the west coast of Taveuni near the southern end of the island. A driver from Paradise was waiting for us when we landed. He loaded our gear into a truck and drove us to the resort. It is about a 45 minute ride. The road is only paved on the northern ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Paradise Taveuni   Paradise Taveuni

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Virginia, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Florida, Abaco, Bimini, Exumas, Culebra, USVI, BVI, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Caymans, Dominica, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St, Barths, St Kitts, Nevis, Saint Martin, Bequia, Bonaire, Curacao, Thailand, Australia, Egypt, Bali, Raja Ampat, Maldives
Closest Airport Taveuni Getting There Tallahassee - San Fransisco - Nadi, Fiji - Taveuni, Fiji

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-30 M / 49-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with guide and group, start safety stop at about 45 to 50 minutes and back on boat at about 50 to 55 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No facilities for cameras on the boats other than a rinse tank dedicated to cameras. Crew was very good at handling cameras and keeping them safe.

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