As the number 1 dedicated Taveuni resort to scuba dive Fiji, the Garden Island Resort is comfortable dealing with the unique demands of scuba divers. Diving is the primary topic of conversation around the swimming pool and in the restaurant bar, making a pleasant change from some of the nearby honeymoon resorts.
The popularity of this place was evidenced when it won first place in the prestigious 2003 Readers Choice Award as Best Value as a Resort in the World by Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine. Value is the key word with great week-long packages, family deals and dorm rooms for those whose purse strings may not otherwise stretch to diving off The Somosomo Strait's world-famous sites. All rooms have TV and internet access.
The resort is the closest to the world famous Rainbow Reef in Taveuni, an easy 15 minute boat ride. Night dives are also taken on this giant reef complex and, being such a dedicated dive resort, there are few places better to take a PADI diving course than under the watchful, professional eyes of the scuba operation at Garden Island Resort.
Garden Island Resort is suited to everyone including serious divers, those who prefer shorter boat trips and those with a smaller budget in mind.
Special offers: To secure your reservation with us for Garden Island Resort, simply pay us a 20% deposit. The balance due can be settled on arrival.
Destinations:Taveuni (Diving environment: wall diving, drift diving, healthy reefs, beginner & advanced divers; Highlights: great macro life/marine diversity, schooling fish/big pelagics) - including the Rainbow Reef and the Somosomo Strait. No scuba diving on day of arrival and from the day before departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, scuba tax. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Full set scuba equipment (approx. US$ 24 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Extra day and night dives, dive computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, return resort transfers from Taveuni Airport (included from 7 nights dive package onwards), nightly entertainment, complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks, Sunday Church visits, day visits to historical Catholic mission, International Dateline and breathtaking water pools, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
Lunch, dinner, alcoholic drinks, internet access, resort transfers from airport (approx. US$ 24 per person, payable in advance) for all non diving packages and dive packages of less than 7 nights stay. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Garden Island Resort is a 30 minute drive away from Taveuni Airport. You can take one of the short daily flights to Taveuni from either Suva or Nadi Airport on Viti Levu or from Savusavu Airport in Vanua Levu. For more information see our Taveuni travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Please contact us for more details.
If this is your only planned visit to Fiji then we strongly recommend that you consider a 2 night add-on stay at Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu, to allow you to witness the not-to-be-missed shark feed diving. This option is also convenient as it is located close to both the international gateway airports in Fiji - Nadi and Suva.
There are 15 modern and well appointed Ocean View rooms with private balconies at Garden Island Resort. There are also 15 luxurious Ocean Front Spa rooms which are larger with private outdoor patios and feature plunge pools.
The room building runs along the waterfront and all the rooms have a balcony or deck area with spectacular sunset views over the Somosomo Strait. There is room service and the rooms are just a few steps away from one of the 2 resort swimming pools.
All the rooms have:
Air-conditioning and ceiling fans
Private bathroom with hot water shower, towels and toiletries
Garden Island Resort is closest to the famous Rainbow Reef of Taveuni, which is practically on their doorstep, about a 15 minute boat ride away. This PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort runs 2 morning dives each day starting at 08:45 am on Rainbow Reef, with the possibility of an afternoon or night dive depending on demand and weather conditions.
Corals only bloom on the correct tide so your site selections are dependent on prevailing tides.
The dive centre has an 9.5 metre twin-engine boat taking up to 12 scuba divers. Fresh water showers and rinse tanks (including seperate camera tank) are available at the centre.
All trips include divemaster, drinking water, tanks, weights and weightbelts. The staff provide a kit transfer and rinsing service.
The Garden Island Resort provides a quiet and relaxing lifestyle in tropical surroundings with pleasant, attentive staff and fine international cuisine.
Spend your time sunning by the pool or diving the Rainbow Reef; sit back on your ocean-front balcony and enjoy a magnificent sunset over the Somosomo Strait and the island of Vanua Levu; or take off and explore the beauty of the island of Taveuni, it's up to you!
Facilities: Restaurant and bar - 2 Swimming pools with kids pool - Massage - Gift shop - International telephone and fax - Internet - Foreign exchange - Laundry - Babysitting and cots - Tour desk - Specialist activity staff
Location: Waiyevo, Tavenui Island, north coast Fiji
The 2 hyperbaric chambers of Fiji are both situated in Suva, Viti Levu, 300 km or a 90 minute flight away. Therefore, to cover your-self for the risk of a dive emergency, we advise you to have your own dive insurance when you stay on Taveuni.
The dive boat carries a first aid kit, as does the resort. There is a good emergency evacuation procedures in place. 1 divemaster is provided for every 6 divers. The operator has not confirmed the presence, or quantity of, oxygen on their boats or at their resort.
For non-diving accidents there is a hospital 2 km from the property.
The Garden Island Resort provides a safety box in reception. There is 24 hour security at the resort and the nearest police station is 10 km away.
"Staff were amazing, I would recommend diving with Aquatrec in Taveuni always, what a safe, friendly organization. The staff at our accomodation were always happy and could remember all of our names in the first meeting. A great group of people to spend time with and an experience that we will remember forever." - Russell Spehr, Australia, 17 June 2013 ...
"Aquatrek are a well organised scuba operation. Dives were great ... was a struggle sometimes for beginner divers." - Kelvin Parkin, New Zealand, 14 April 2008 ...
"Attentive and experienced staff with a good sense of humour. All friendly and plenty of dive equipment for hire." - Rob Payne, United Kingdom, 28 February 2008 ...