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Dive Review of Paradise Taveuni in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni

Paradise Taveuni: "Great resort for divers wanting to experience the Culture of Fiji", Apr, 2017,

by Dennis A McCrea, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9581 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is a great family run dive resort with a friendly and helpful staff. Everyone goes above and beyond to make your stay memorable. Fresh flowers in your room everyday, and everyone greets you with Bula!

The resort was pretty much destroyed in Feb of 2016 by Cyclone/Typhoon Wilson. Neighbors, employees, and past visitors rallied, and the resort has been rebuilt to accommodate non divers as well.

A little tricky getting to Taveuni – You have to fly into Nandi (NAN) and take a commuter flight (19 seats) to Taveuni. Then it’s an hour drive to the resort. ½ hour paved and ½ hour on a gravel road. Terri (one of the owners) picked you up at the airport, and then we were greeted by the staff on arrival and treated to a foot rub while the resort information was given to us.

We opted for Ocean Front bungalow/vale. All rooms have air conditioning, and most have protected out door showers along with “indoor facilities”. There is a pool available for those guests that just want to relax and soak up some sun.

The food was good, and they offer different meal plans, and serve a lot root vegetables (Yucca root/Cassava , Taro, Potatoes). The food is not gourmet quality, but there is a variety of cooking (Fijian, Indian, and fusion).

The diving/snorkeling is better off shore (Rainbow Reef Area) than on the house reef. Most of the corals along the shore were destroyed and are slowly making a comeback. The resort has their own boat and dive shop, and has rental gear available, and offer intro dives and certifications.

The visibility was not as good as I expected. A lot of silt in the water, and the hard corals have quite a bit of damage in the shallow areas even off shore. There were schools of Fusiliers on most wall dives and huge amounts of Anthias. Reef sharks on most dives were common out in the distance, and the usual Titan Triggers and Butterfly Fish were present. Most noticeably missing were shrimps and crabs. We found very few on the dives, and also had not many Nudibranch sightings.

Be sure and bring bug spray for the times mosquitos show up. If you forget, they have a “leftovers” basket in the lobby with leftover sun screen and bug lotion.

We also stayed at another resort (VoliVoli) on the main Island, but if we come back, this will be my return spot. Allan, Terri, and the entire staff are amazing at making you feel like “one of the family”
Websites Paradise Taveuni   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Bahamas, Dominica, Belize, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Hawaii, Philippines, California, Florida, Washington, Virgin Island
Closest Airport Taveuni Getting There Must fly Fiji Link Airways from Nadi or Suva. The main airport NAN is your best bet

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 100ft and 55 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments They have a tub filled with water on board the boat to put your camera in. There is also a camera room and charging outlets in the dive shop.
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