Situated in a beautiful water's edge location in the south of the island is Paradise Taveuni Resort, an excellent option for those seeking a slice of luxury and small Fiji dive resort charm.
There are 15 lovely bures of traditional Fijian design, built for couples/friends and families with modern and stylish interiors. The property is located in a secluded spot far from other resorts and manages to combine a feeling of being 'off the beaten track' with all the comforts you would expect from a higher end resort. The lawn and swimming pool run right up to the water's rocky edge, lapped by the clear waters of the Somosomo Strait where there is some wonderful snorkelling and diving just off the jetty.
Unlike other resorts in Taveuni, Paradise has easy access to Vuna Reef where there are several excellent dive sites, in addition to the sites of the Rainbow Reef. There is even an optional speedboat/jetski transfer service to make your arrival at the resort even more exciting.
The managers of Paradise Taveuni are available 24 hours a day, and the resort is owned and operated by an Australian team headed by an award-winning chef, so the menu is of paramount importance and is varied and imaginative. The resort, which opened in 2007, is staffed by a team of friendly and efficient Fijians who will provide massages, and maid services, as well as jetski and snorkelling safaris to Rainbow Reef. Comfort, style, remoteness and convenient diving are the secrets to Paradise in Taveuni.
Stays of 5 nights or more: receive a tropical fruit platter on arrival and a Vuna Reef Snorkel Experience.
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 Vuna Reef or Rainbow Reef.
No diving on day of arrival and the day of departure. If not flying on day of departure additional dives can be booked in advanced.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), unlimited self-guided shore dives, boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks, scuba tax. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (BCD, regulator and wetsuit, approx. US$ 20 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Diving computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, return resort transfers from airport, internet access, Salusalu (Fijian floral lei) and welcome foot rub on arrival, Fijian Sulu, snorkeling gear hire (mask, fins & snorkel) and 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:
Alcoholic drinks, internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Paradise Taveuni Resort is a 1 hour drive south 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:
Book 10 guests (minimum 5 rooms) or more for a minimum of 5 nights stay and 2 extra persons can join (in 1 share room) free of charge.
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If this is your only planned diving holiday in 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 10 excellent bures at Paradise Taveuni, all constructed using local Fijian materials and techniques, and are tastefully furnished inside. There are 5 Oceanfront and 5 Tropical bures set in a tropical garden in 2 rows, with the sea to the front and a volcano as a back-drop. All have ceiling fans, very high quality ensuite bathrooms, a King size bed, and some have 2 additional twin beds. The Oceanfront bures have 2-person outdoor whirlpool tubs with head rests, and several bures have an additional outdoor shower.
There are also 3 Oceanfront Air-conditioned Vale Lomanis with a king-size bed, lounge furniture, modern bathroom with shower, outdoor shower and whirlpool tubs in a private garden, sundeck and sun loungers. These vales suit 2 persons but can also accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children.
There are also an additional 2 Oceanfront Air-conditioned Family Vale Lomanis. These vales have interconnecting rooms - 2 bedrooms with 1 king-size bed in 1 room, second bedroom has 1 v bed or up to 4 single bunk beds. Both rooms have lounge furniture, modern bathroom with shower, outdoor shower and whirlpool tubs in a private garden, sundeck and sun loungers. They can each accommodate 2 adults + 4 children or 3 adults + 2 children.
All the bures have:
Indoor and high-walled outdoor hot water shower with bathroom, toiletries, towels and hairdryer
Oceanfront bures only have jacuzzis
Sea and garden views
Patio with table, chairs and a comfortable day bed
Minibar & refrigerator
Coffee & tea making facilities
Cabinet, mirror and chair
Australian style 3-pin electrical sockets (adaptors are available)
The dive boat departs at 08:30 each morning for 1 dive, and then again at 12:00 noon. On most days the diving centres on the Taveuni sites of Vuna Reef, which are within a 15 minute boat ride of the resort. Rainbow Reef daytrips will run when conditions permit and at a supplementary cost.
The custom made 10 metre boat, 'Paradise Princess', is made of wood and fibreglass with a full length canopy. It is powered by twin 60 HP Yamaha engines and takes 12 scuba divers and crew. The 15 metre boat, 'Lady Paradise', is made of aluminium with a full length canopy, powered by twin 115 HP Yamaha engines. Lady Paradise takes 22 divers and crew. The 7 metre boat, 'Adi Vuki', is made of aluminium and powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine and takes 4 divers and crew. Each boat carries emergency oxygen and has a ladder for ease of exit and entry.
Divers kit up beforehand at the dive centre, where there are scuba equipment storage spaces, rinse tanks, cold water shower and oxygen. The air conditioned Underwater Photographer's Den is the perfect place for keen photographers to download and work on their pictures as well as charge up their camera gear.
Once you've made 10 boat dives, you qualify for free and unlimited shore dives with your own buddy.
All Taveuni dive trips include divemasters, drinking water, dry towels, tanks, weights and weightbelts. The Fijian staff will wash your equipment for you on request.
Paradise Taveuni may feel remote but you can stay in touch with the rest of the world with the complimentary wireless internet connection, and international phone and fax service in reception.
For the active you can enjoy jetski tours, organised walks to Bouma waterfalls, the Lavena Coastal walkway and Devil's Peak volcano. Those seeking more pampering can enjoy massages or the pool, or just lie in one of the many resort hammocks with a good book.
Facilities: Restaurant and bar - Swimming pool - Massage - International telephone and fax - Free wi-fi internet - Laundry service - Live Fijian entertainment show - Jetski snorkelling tours to Rainbow Reef - Babysitting and cots - Tour desk - Souvenir boutique - Car hire and taxi service
Location: Vuna Rd, Southern end of Taveuni North Coast, Northern Fiji Islands
All the dishes are conceived by the owner of Paradise Taveuni Resort, an award-winning Australian chef, and is a la carte for breakfasts and lunch every day, and for dinner 4 times per week. Dining can be in the main dining room or in a number of private locations by the water's edge.
Meals are a mixture of international cuisine with Italian influences, and local specialties employing the use of fresh vegetables and fruits such as mango, papaya and coconut.
Fijian, Italian and seafood specialities
All dietary requirements are catered for
Dining samples: green papaya salad, local spinach poached in coconut milk, Fijian Lovo - food wrapped in coco leaves and smoked on hot rocks.
Complimentary American breakfast - Meusli, pancakes, big breakfast (sausage, bacon & eggs), omelette, all with a glass of fruit juice, tropical fruit platter and tea or coffee.
There are recompression chambers in the Fiji capital of Suva on Viti Levu. In a diving emergency, you will be transferred 42 km to Taveuni Airport where a transfer chamber is located. From there, you will be flown to Suva. The whole journey takes about 2 hours. We recommend you have your own dive insurance.
The dive boat carries 680 litres of emergency oxygen and there is a further 1,200 litres of oxygen back at the dive centre; enough to get you to Taveuni Airport. 1 divemaster is provided for every 5 divers.
For non-scuba related problems there is a small medical facility 5 minutes away. There is also a hospital and police station 35 minutes (23 km) from the resort.
The resort provides a safety box at reception. There is 24 hour security at the property.