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Dive Review of Taveuni Ocean Sports/Taveuni Island Resort in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni Island

Taveuni Ocean Sports/Taveuni Island Resort, May, 2014,

by Mary A Graff, NC, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7609 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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving operation is first class, Julie Kelly owner has established an operation that is client focused with emphasis on safety and ensuring divers have good experience. All of the crew are master divers, knowledgeable about the reefs, currents, fish life and corals. Dive day begins at 8:00 am with pick up from your hotel, once group is assembled and paperwork complete, short dinghy ride out to dive boats (2) one large (max 12 divers) one smaller (max 6 divers). Once on boat, captain provides boat safety briefing and plan for day. This is the only dive operation that has an AED in addition to all other safety equipment. Boat time to dive sites around 20-25 minutes. Once at site, comprehensive site briefing by dive master, groups identified and plan for dive reviewed. Groups descend and ascend together, dive masters monitor groups, they informally lead dives, pointing out great fish, corals using underwater slates to write names, etc. All dives are in the Somosomo strait on various sites of the Rainbow Reef. Corals (both hard and soft) are very healthy. The white and purple walls are gardens of soft corals! On one dive saw blue ribbon eel, octopus, green scorpion leaf fish, gobies, sharks...and more!. 2 Dives each morning with an hour surface interval, either on boat or at sandy beach. Home made banana bread, papaya bread, chocolate or carrot cake, fresh fruit, cookies, water and heavenly red hibiscus and passion fruit sweet tea!. The crew takes care of all gear from initial set up to rinsing each night, set up again the next day ready to roll. This was our second trip to Taveuni and diving with Julie Kelly, we have dove many places, the customer service experienced here is second to none.

Taveuni Island Resort - This resort is an adults only resort with individual bures that are very spacious(large living area, adjoining bedroom, bathroom, patio and outdoor shower), equipped with coffee tea service and in room stocked refrigerator. Used a/c at night only, during day rooms wide open, resort sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean with great views, there is an infinity pool at resort next to the common building with dining terrace, bar, lounge areas, access to the beach is down set of stairs near pool. Spa on grounds offering massages, facials. Food is excellent, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, well stocked bar. Meals are included in room rates, beverages are extra. The resort will organize trips to waterfall, snorkeling or kayaking. Resort owners Doe and Ric (New Zealanders) have been in Taveuni for 40+ years, staying with them is like visiting good friends at their home. The staff is warm and attentive.
Websites Taveuni Ocean Sports   Taveuni Island Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Saba Marine Park Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, Cozumel, Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Manado, Wakotobi, Bali, Komodo, Baqua Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 80-8°F / 27--13°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1st Dive 80-100 feet, 2nd Dive usually 60-90 feet, small groups max 4 per dive master, dive plan to end dive with 1000 psi to allow for safety stop in blue water away from reef, most dives 40-50 minutes. Groups sorted by experience to allow experienced divers,
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The crew took care of any camera's on boat, rinse bucket if needed, no camera table available on boats.
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By Alice Ribbens in MN, US at Jun 03, 2014 08:29 EST  
Nice to hear that the place is doing well--as are Do and Ric. We stayed there in 2000 (when it was Dive Taveuni), loved it, loved the diving, and have always wanted to go back.
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