Tuesday, September 30

Unique creations from an unlikely source!


Recently, Paradise owner & operator, Terri Gortan, had the pleasure of meeting jewelry designer Amy Haas at the Dream Weaver Dive Show in Denver, Colorado. Amy has a unique range of jewelry including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, anklets and earrings all made from recycled o-rings used in scuba equipment.

A diver herself, Amy saw the potential in your spent o-rings, instead of seeing trash, she saw treasure and has not looked back since. Every piece is unique in material as well as design. These lightweight creations are not only eco-friendly but extremely versatile being waterproof they can be worn in the water, even get them back to their roots and go diving!

Zula Dive Wear is now available for purchase from the Paradise Gift Shop or from the website

Wednesday, September 24

Should you rent?

It is very easy to get attached to dive equipment, it’s yours, you know the little quirks and you have it set up exactly how you like. However, with airlines charging more and more for extra baggage, perhaps it is time to weigh up the value of bringing your own versus renting at your destination.

Here at Paradise, the Pro-Dive Team prides itself on stocking good quality and well maintained equipment for all shapes, sizes, and experience levels.

- We stock Oceanic and Scuba Pro products
- Well maintained
- Servicing performed by qualified technicians
- Air quality consistently monitored
- NITROX mixes up to 40%
- Emergency repairs can be handled in-house with parts inventory

So next time you are considering what to take on your dive trip, consider hiring instead of paying all those fees!

Wednesday, September 17

Born to Dive - farwell to our newest PADI Divemaster

Over the last three months we have been delighted to have Zara here in Paradise as part of the PADI Divemaster Program. Having now completed the program and been certified as a qualified Divemaster she will head home to the U.S.A to pursue a career in one of the best industries in the world! Before she left, we sat down with Zara to find out about her experience here at Paradise.

Zara is self-confessedly 'born to dive' having first been inspired to dive by her sisters. She had always loved animals and the underwater world had fascinated her, so after completing a degree in Marine Biology, diving was the logical next step. She has now been diving for seven years and by the time she leaves Paradise will have 200 dives under her belt.

Over the last three months she has collected many memories but being on the boat with the Pro Dive Team, Maikeli, Salotte, Joeli, Christine and William, is what she will think about as she heads home. And the turtles, she will never forget seeing so many turtles. Allan, her Instructor and owner of Paradise Taveuni, is someone she will never forget, having learnt so much from him, he made becoming a Divemaster, smooth sailing,well most of the time!

Zara has learnt more than just diving here, she has also learnt to be a part of another culture, learning the language, the customs, dancing and of course the Kava drinking. Zara recalls the warm welcome she got when she first got to Paradise "it was something unexpected and now, after three months, I feel like I have a whole second family." 

Going home is bittersweet but she looks forward to eating a Dunkin’ Donut toasted bagel with cream cheese!

Zara would like to thank the Pro Dive and Paradise Taveuni teams, especially Allan and Terri.

It has been a pleasure to have Zara here in Paradise and we would like to congratulate her on becoming a qualified Divemaster and wish her the best of luck out there in the ‘Big Blue’.

If you are interested in completing your Divemaster Internship in Paradise please get in contact with us.

Thursday, September 11

Capture the beauty of Paradise with complete piece of mind!

"Most photos are worth a thousand words.  Underwater ones are worth at least a million."
 Stephen Frink

Paradise Taveuni provides a world-class diving experience to divers from all over the world, every day. The legendary Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef are just at our doorstep, and we have spectacular diving just off the shoreline, guaranteeing each diver awe-inspiring hard and soft corals and an abundance of fish life. Recognising the sizeable investment of both time and money to witness and capture the wonder of the underwater world, Paradise is committed to offering premier facilities to ensure all your diving equipment is kept safe and secure, including all photographic equipment. 

Our state-of-the-art camera room is our newest innovation in camera care at Paradise. The room features 12 spacious work stations each fitted with universal power strips for charging, drying towels, non-slip mats and powerful lighting, all to ensure you can work with ease. We have multiple rinse tanks catering from the biggest to smallest cameras, two forced air drying stations, and access to our in-house laptop for transferring and storing images. A unique and important feature of the room is the availability of a desiccant enclosure to ensure, in the case of moisture getting inside the camera, it can be easily remedied. Finally, the room is a secure facility allowing safe storage between dives. 

The camera room is in addition to our other services, already in place. Rinse tanks on board all our diving vessels ensure that salt water won’t crystallise on housing controls, which damages the ‘O’ Rings. Our staff are all specifically trained in handling camera equipment so you can rest assured it will be properly looked after.  We are here to grow your enthusiasm and passion for underwater photography and encourage you to take away the best possible memories of Paradise. 

Camera Room Specifications
- 12 work stations
- Universal power strips
- Non-slip work mats
- 2 forced air drying stations
- Desiccant enclosure
- Multiple rinse tanks
- Secure facility
- In-house laptop