Saturday, October 13

Humpbacks in Paradise

The Humpback Whales arrived early in Taveuni this year.

Paradise Taveuni divers and snorkellers were welcomed by a pod of Humpback Whales recently on their way to Vuna Reef for a dive. The whales were only minutes away from the Resort’s private marina.

The Humpback Wales migrate through the Somosomo Straits annually on their way to Tonga. Normally they are not spotted until August, but this year they surprised us all by arriving in early July this year.

Paradise Guests then had a spectacular time diving and snorkeling at the Orgasm dive site, located on the southern reef of Taveuni where ParadiseTaveuni dives exclusively. No other dive operators dive here. The divers returned with tales of experiencing manta rays, turtles, 7 reef sharks, nudibranches, cowrie shells, soft corals and 1000’s of other tropical fish.

Humpback Whales sighted by Paradise Taveuni Guests

Thursday, June 21

Diving Coral Gardens

Diving ‘Coral Gardens’ from Paradise Taveuni
with Pro Dive Taveuni

The coastline around Paradise has several dive sites on offer that are sheltered from the prevailing island winds.10 minutes scenic boat ride from the resort, divers arrive at Coral Gardens.

This aptly named dive site is formed by 3 streams, or “fingers”, of lava that once flowed into the Ocean at this spot. The dive starts in the shallow shelter at the top of the first finger and once settled, divers begin their drift downwards. This is a site that can be dived at any depth and during the descent the first glimpses of the many soft corals can be seen. This is a popular feeding station for the larger reef fish and parrot fish. Trigger fish and surgeon fish can be seen in abundant numbers. The first finger also provides a home for the reef’s smaller residents with squirrel fish hiding beneath the overhangs and anemone fish guarding their offspring.

In between the lava fingers are large sandy areas, the first of which is dominated by colonies of garden eels swaying in the current. Coming to rest on the sand in front of the second finger, divers have the chance to pause and appreciate the throngs of fish – anthias are present in their hundreds, schooling banner fish swim past and box fish dart in and out of the hard corals. Hovering above the lava finger also presents the opportunity to watch the schools of pelagic fish that gather here - barracuda, snapper & yellow fin tuna are common visitors. Hammerhead sharks and manta rays have also been spotted by resort divers.

Heading up the third & final lava finger the keen-eyed may spot juvenile blue ribbon eels bobbing in the entrance of their homes, or trigger fish swimming past. As divers reach the top of the finger and the 5m mark, they enter a labyrinth of swim-throughs. Perfect for whiling away a safety stop, this maze of corridors is a fascinating end to the dive.

Thursday, June 14

New Dive Vessel at Paradise

Paradise Taveuni and Pro Dive, one of Fiji's only PADI Gold Palm 5 Star, is delighted to announce they have acquired full operation of the Pro Dive Shop located on site in Paradise.  Paradise is now no longer contracting out to other dive operators and is excited to oversee the dive shop operations.  They are still currently a PADI Gold Palm 5 star resort.

To ensure the best diving experience for their guests, Paradise has also custom built a brand new 33 ft./10 meter wood and fiberglass dive vessel specially suited for the waters of Taveuni. 'Paradise Princess', built locally in Fiji, takes up to 14 divers, two dive masters and crew, With a canopy covering the boat to protect from the Fiji sun, 'Paradise Princess' is powered by twin 60 HP Yamaha outboard motors. 

The new addition to the Paradise fleet and overseeing the full service on-site dive operation allows us to take up to 34 Fiji divers if necessary. This makes Paradise Taveuni perfect for individuals and dive groups looking for pristine and untouched dive sites coupled with outstanding accommodation, resort facilities and service.

Tuesday, May 15

New Dive Video

Please have a look at our new dive video, offering a great insight to what diving is like when staying with us at Paradise Taveuni.  Vinaka

Friday, May 4

We are excited to announce our brand new website.  Please have a look and give us some feedback.  Vinaka.

Friday, April 6

David Ireland, Wildlife Man Footage

David Ireland has released some of his footage filmed while staying with us at Paradise Taveuni.  Here is a clip of wonderful Taveuni Island, great diving, and the Paradise Resort.    Check out the amazing underwater life and beautiful coral.

Tuesday, March 20

Taveuni Consistently Ranked Top Dives in the World

Taveuni and the legendary Rainbow Reef, hosting the famous Great White Wall, has consistently been ranked as some of the best diving in the world.  Taveuni, known for being the "Soft Coral Capital of the World," offers you some of the best and most memorable dives you will have.  You can experience all of this with top notch accommodation and dive shop here at Paradise Taveuni.  Take a look at the article below.

Top 8 Dives

Wednesday, February 29

David Ireland, Wildlife Man

Paradise has recently hosted David Ireland, the Wildlife Man, coming from Australia.  David is a world renown wildlife film producer who has worked with discovery channel and also releases independent films.  While in Taveuni he did extensive diving as well as traveling around the island, all while filming in HD for Paradise.  Keep your eyes peeled some footage here in the near future, we will keep you updated.  

Wednesday, January 4

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year

I have to start of by apologizing for being so quiet in the last few weeks and not writing and letting you guys know what has been happening in and out of the water at Paradise the last few weeks. I can promise you its not because there has not been anything to write about, there has been so much happening and now there is lots to write about it.

We have been really busy with loads of divers, courses and events happening in the last two weeks. I have been teaching my first PADI Dive Master course and it kept me well busy. Cecilia came to stay at Paradise for the second time around and this time it was for her to enter the world of professional divers. She has been wanting to complete her DM course for the past 15 years so it has been a big buildup to a course that was well worth it in the end. After spending many hours underwater practicing skills, making maps, doing search and recovery scenarios, working with students and loads of workshops she finally passed all her exams with flying colors. Before I started this course I started thinking back to how much I learned and enjoyed my course and this is exactly what I wanted to give to her. She is a confident diver, great student and a wonderful person whom I will never forget. Not just cause she was my 1st DM course but also cause of the wonderful lady she is and the great luck she had with all the Manta rays!

When Cecilia arrived she joined Kim for an afternoon shore dive and it wasn’t long before they spotted the 1st Manta on a dive for this season. Every afternoon after dives and courses she would swim out from the dock to go looking for the Mantas. After her 1st snorkel session she came back exstatic from seeing two Mantas and a Hammerhead shark. Of course everybody was joking about it as she never took her camera, so she went back the following day with a camera and returned with the proof of the Mantas on her camera. During her stay her cousin also visited us from Italy. She not being a diver, we convinced her to take a Discover Scuba course with Marion our reservations manager. After an hour or so in the pool we took them for a shore dive and it wasn’t even 5mins when the Manta swam straight past us on their 1st dive ever! For me this is such an unbelievable experience for these guys as it took me over 700 dives before I saw my 1st Manta! The girls came back smiling and I’m glad they enjoyed it.

Like always the diving has been great. Mantas on shore dives and making appearances at Vuna Reef, Leopard sharks, amazing Nudibranches, a Star gazer (which I have never seen before), great dives on the White Wall and some very interesting currents have made divers from all over leave with big smiles. A couple of Open Water courses has also been great fun! Such fortunate divers to come and get qualified in the amazing waters of Taveuni, Fiji.

Out side of the water we have also been having a great time with the Christmas and New Years. We had such a great day with many laughs at Paradise staff Xmas party. The staff brought their families for a day of fun here at the resort. Loads of games brought much laughter and the food everybody brought was delicious.
On Christmas eve we had a wonderful dinner with the guest and I really enjoyed hearing the local choir who came to perform for us!

New Years was also a fantastic evening! The resort was full house so lots of faces all around. Alan provided us with some great light shows that really got everybody going! It was a good night and an amazing way to go into the New Year!

I want to end off this blog to let everybody know that my housing has finally arrived back on the island and so you can expect to be seeing many more underwater photos. ALSO a new toy called the Go Pro Hero camera has arrived. This is my new filming device so keep an eye out for some video footage in the near future!