Paradise Taveuni Fiji

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Destination: Fiji

PO Box 69 Waiyevo, 0000 Waiyevo, Fiji | Full-board + 2 dives from $208/ppn.

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Paradise Taveuni Quick Pitch

Family owned and operated, Taveuni is a boutique oceanfront resort with a friendly staff and newly renovated bures. Paradise Taveuni, formerly known as Susie’s Plantation Resort, is just north of Vuna Point at the southern end of Taveuni, one of the island’s most beautiful areas.Set on an elevated piece of land, Paradise offers impressive sea and sunset views and plenty of strategically placed hammocks and sun lounges from which to enjoy them. The bures and vales are an incredible way to experience Fiji.

 

Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 16
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC (in Vale Lomanis only), mini-fridge, pool, free shore dives, activities (snorkeling, kayaks, fishing), Wifi, spa
  • Wi-Fi: Paid WiFi is available in public areas
  • Nearest Airport: Matei Domestic Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes, free
 

 

How to Get There

The resort is located on Taveuni Island, a 1-hour drive from Matei Airport. Free transfers are available to and from Matei Domestic Airport located in Taveuni.  

 

Dive Overview

Easy access to over 40 dives sites. Fiji offers excellent dive diversity. Fiji is home to an amazing variety of fish life, including colorful angelfish, anemone fish, anthias, frogfish, hawkfish, moray eels, ghost pipefish, and countless other photogenic species.

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Accommodations

Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Paradise Taveuni Room Overview 

Re-opened since June 2016, Paradise still offers 16 accommodation choices. Each of the newly built lodgings includes ocean views from each room, tropical outdoor shower in your own private lava-rock garden, generous king bed, spacious deck to read and enjoy the views and air conditioning.

  • Paradise Honeymoon Bure with 1 King bed in private bedroom, lounge room, indoor bathroom, outdoor couple shower and Deluxe Tub in private garden, Honeymoon Dining Vale with hammock & couple sun loungers.
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Bures with  1 King bed in private bedroom, lounge room, modern bathroom with bath tub and shower, outdoor shower and Deluxe Tub in private garden, sundeck & Day Bed.
  • Oceanview Bures with  1 King bed in private bedroom, lounge room, indoor bathroom, outdoor shower in a private garden, sundeck & Day Bed.
  • Oceanview Family Bures with  1 King bed in 1 room, 2nd bedroom has 1 king bed or 2 single beds, indoor bathroom, outdoor shower in a private garden, sundeck & Day Bed.
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Vales with 1 King bed with lounge furniture, modern bathroom with shower, outdoor shower in private garden, sundeck & deck furniture.
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Family Vales  - Interconnecting Vales – with 1 king bed in each Vale or up to 4 single beds in room #2, both rooms with lounge furniture, indoor bathroom, outdoor shower in private garden, sundeck & sun lounges.
 

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Resort Facilities

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Paradise Taveuni Features 

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar/lounge
  • Spa
  • Dive center
  • Paid Wi-Fi

 

Paradise Taveuni Activities 

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Cultural activities
  • Spa
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Kayak
  • Hiking
  • Surfing



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Packages & Rates

The actual rates are based in FJD. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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Paradise Taveuni Nightly Rates

 2019/2020 Rates

All rates are in Fiji Dollars, are exclusive of Fiji Taxes. Rates are valid 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020.

Accommodation

1 Adult

2 Adults

Family

Paradise Honeymoon Bure

975

975

-

Deluxe Oceanfront Bure

675

875

1,050

Deluxe Oceanfront Vale

625

825

1,000

Deluxe Oceanfront Family Vale

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1,175

1,500

Oceanview Bure

625

825

1,000

Oceanview Family Bure

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825

3 adults: $1000

2 couples: $1200

 

Inclusions

  • All meals – Full cooked breakfast, 1 course lunch and 2 course dinner
  • Matei airport return road transfers
  • Complimentary Salusalu (Fijian floral lei) on arrival
  • Complimentary Welcome Foot rub on arrival (15 mins)
  • Complimentary Gift Pack
  • Bure or Vale serviced daily
  • Complimentary tea, coffee & cookies
  • Complimentary snorkelling gear hire (mask, fins & snorkel)
  • A large selection of complimentary resort activities

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Dive Packages

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Paradise Taveuni Packages

Paradise offers a selection of various rates to suit everyone – Honeymooners, Wedding Couples, Divers, Families, Single travelers, Adventurers and Groups. Paradise specializes in Tailor-Made Vacation Packages. Drop us an email at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us today at 310-915-6677 and let us help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Fiji Dive Overview

With Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef just a short boat ride away, Paradise Taveuni offers you some of the best diving in the world. Fiji, known for being the soft coral capital of the world, will give you some of the most memorable dives of your life exploring astounding soft corals and diverse marine life, all on the world-famous Somosomo Strait. With over 40 sites on hand, Paradise offers divers like The Great White Wall, Orgasm, The Zoo and many more dive sites that you will reminisce on for the rest of your life.

 

Fiji Dive Sites

For your convenience, Paradise Taveuni has classified their dive sites into levels of experience: Level 1 for beginner diver (Maximum depth 18 meters, gentle with no current), Level 2 for intermediate diver (depths range from 20-25 meters, some current, some surface waves at times) and Level 3 for advanced diver (depths up to 30 meters, expect current and exposed surface conditions at times). Here are a few of their favorite sites: 

  • Orgasm (Vuna Reef) Level 2 - Vuna Reef at its finest! This wall dive faces Open Ocean and it is here that we have seen some of our favorite regulars: Sharks, Rays and Napoleon Wrasse. As well as drift by schools of Spanish Mackerel or Giant Tuna from the deep. All of this in only 60f /18m, a truly awe-inspiring dive site that never seems to disappoint us.
  • The Great White Wall (Rainbow Reef) Level 3 - The soft coral capital of the world’s signature dive offers an astounding wall of pure white soft coral. This site is definitely the world famous Rainbow Reef’s top draw. A coral encrusted swim – through leads onto the wall from the reef top. A dazzling 
  • myriad of color and life inhabits the reef top. Manta rays glide past with ethereal grace. On exiting the water from this site an awed silence lasts awhile before an excited chatter that lasts for days starts among divers. Not to be missed!
  • The Zoo (Rainbow Reef) Level 3 - An extreme marine experience! Schools of Barracuda are common here, swimming above the White Tip reef sharks resting on the sand. Moray Eels, Groupers and small reef fish are plentiful and lucky divers will glimpse the graceful bronze whaler sharks patrolling the deep blue waters.

 

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Dive Center Information

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Paradise Taveuni Dive Center Overview

Paradise Taveuni dives daily on the legendary Rainbow Reef only a 20-minute boat trip from the Resort. With over 30 dive sites to offer, you won’t visit the same site twice, unless you want to. Every day, divers from all over the world choose Paradise Taveuni to experience the extraordinary formations of hard and soft corals and an abundance of fish life including: Anemonefish, Maori Wrasse, Lionfish, Reef Sharks, Rays, Turtles and much, much more. With a variety of deep wall drop off’s and shallow drift dives; there is something here for every diver. Paradise dives daily on Rainbow Reef on their new dive boat, Taveuni Explorer, one of the best day dive trip boats in Fiji. Paradise offers Nitrox for only FJ$20 per tank. Paradise Dive also offers various PADI dive courses.  

 

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Practical Information 

  • Electricity: 240 Volt
  • Time zone: UTC+12:00
  • Languages: Hindi & English
  • Accept credit card?: Yes (VISA, Mastercard, American Express 

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Reviews (4)

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The resort has been completely rebuilt after Hurricane Winston in 2016. It is family owned and has the perfect personalized feel for all guests. It is the only dive resort in the south of Taveuni and is the perfect dive getaway for couples.
The bures are all very well designed with french doors, four poster king beds and a separate living area that an extra bed can be added.
Food is excellent as the owner Allan is a chef by trade. If you would like to have a private dinner by the ocean, just ask and they will set up a table for you there. The grounds are very well kept and all the staff are very friendly, accommodating and helpful.
Paradise Taveuni provides access to 3 different reefs and a nice variation of diving. The famous Rainbow Reef is a 30 minute boat ride away and has some of the better soft coral reefs in Fiji. Vuna Reef is about 10 minutes away and while it isn't as colorful as rainbow Reef, they do have some dramatic geological formations. The house reef is an easy giant stride from the dock and has many critters like garden eels, leaf scorpionfish and cuttlefish.
There is a large dedicated camera room, a stocked dive shop with full rental gear and multiple boats for all group sizes.

Visited on 05/2015 - Submitted on 11/07/2017
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Huntington Beach, CA
United States
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My dive buddy and I recently had the opportunity to return to Fiji, so we had some idea of the dive conditions we could expect but were looking forward with anticipation to the accommodations at Paradise Taveuni.
Come on. A place called Paradise would be perfect, right? Well...
ACCOMMODATIONS: Our bure was beautiful, neat and clean. It came with a grotto-like outdoor shower and spa - the shower was great and romantic. The spa never worked. For a couple with romance as the highest priority I would give this and big, solid "A". For those of us who appreciate romance but are serious divers, the bure could have used a small desk area with good seating and lighting for writing log books or working on some piece of dive or camera equipment. Let me hasten to add that here is a nice area for working and servicing your UW camera attached to the main lodge. There is a double sink camera rinse area just outside the camera room which is nice if there are just two divers. It was something to be negotiated when there were more than two UW photogs returning from an outing. In the camera room there are outlets (240V) and lights at each station and the stations are well laid out and easy to work at. The downer is that although the area has an air conditioner, it was anemic at best and we often found ourselves wiping beads of sweat before they fell in our open housings and exposed cameras equipment .
Food at Paradise was pretty bland with an unvarying menu (at least for the week we were there). Portions were such that the bag of salted nuts we kept in the bottom of the travel bag for those airport layover emergencies was pretty well depleted by weeks end. One evening the staff created a four course dinner that was quite good, but for our stay, it was a one-of event.
DIVING: In coming to Taveuni, we were quite excited by the prospect of diving Rainbow Reef. The hype and accolades for the site are easily found on any web search. We were well aware that many sites in Fiji are current controlled - that is that at higher current conditions you'll find much better representation of soft corals than at slack tides. But the Dive Masters need to judge the currents carefully so as to experience the best of the soft corals and yet not blow away less experienced divers. It is often a difficult act to handle successfully. The good news is we never lost a diver, the bad is that we never caught Rainbow Reef at its best. Sites like Fish Factory, Rainbow's End, Freeway, Christine's Garden and Great White Wall were interesting, but well below the color and diversity of Bligh Water sites we had dived previously - OK but not breath-taking as often described in the advertising literature. The one site that was interesting was Mini-Cabbage Patch. Very interesting coral structure and fish life made this a site we would have done more than once.
Coastal sites along Taveuni were a disappointment - Vanu Reef, Tabua and Coral Garden really were not worth the air to dive them. On one of the trips across the Soma Soma Strait, we came upon a pod of sleeping Pilot Whales but were not allowed to snorkel so we could not take any UW images of the beautiful critters. Actually, we had an immense amount of fun diving the house reef and drop-off. Close, easy, good species diversity (Blue-ribbon morays, leaf scorpion fish, lion fish, puffers, big anemones and the requisite clown fish, octopus and Tridacna clams) and amazing dusk dives kept us pretty happy. A night dive on our own would have been nice, but there were no unguided night dives allowed. The one we went on we were moved along with the herd of newbies and the experience garnered an extra charge.
STAFF: First, the dive staff - first rate and willing to bend over backwards to help the guests - A-1! They do the very best with the site they have.
The room staff - the ladies who tended our bure everyday were excellent - fastidious and inventive. We would return from dives with welcome messages written in flower petals on the floor- quite nice.
The wait staff needed nearly daily reminders regarding certain things (i.e. no bread or flour foods) Had the resort been packed with hoards of people I could understand there might be some confusion, but a full house was not the issue while we were there.
AMENITIES: As we were there for the diving we didn't take advantage of most of the amenities that are available to guests, but we did do an hour massage with banana wrap finish that was quite awesome - I would definitely recommend experiencing it.

Visited on 05/2015 - Submitted on 06/08/2015
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Pasadena, CA
United States
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“Out of the way. Out of the Ordinary.”

Paradise is located about an hour from the airport. The road is paved as far as the village of Somosomo, but mostly dirt beyond that. There are plans to continue the pavement, but as of this writing, no funds to do so.

Paradise Resort and Spa is owned and operated by Allen and Terry Gorton who live across the road with their adopted son and daughter who you might see on the weekend. They also have two very well behaved Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs that I believe would be left at home if any guest objects.

Arriving at Paradise you will be greeted by one of the managers with a Fijian lei and escorted on to the property. Halfway, we were met by owners Allen and Terry Gorton and a couple other staff members with coconuts with straws. In the “Wedding Bure” overlooking the ocean, Allen explained our vacation package and Soni gave us each a foot and lower leg “sugar scrub” and massage. Afterward Mikaili (a manager) gave us a tour which ended at our “vale”.
The bures (stand alone unit with living room and bedroom) and vales (one large room duplex or triplex) all have both luxury indoor shower (which we never used) and outdoor shower and Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi, though nice, takes 35 minutes to fill which makes an effective deterrent to its frequent use. All rooms have a small refrigerator with minibar and bottle of filtered water that is replenished daily. The king sized bed was reasonably comfortable. There was also a sitting area. There was adequate storage area and plenty of areas to dry wet swimsuits and towels. The vales have air conditioners, but we only turned it on a couple of times during our 16 night stay – and could have survived with just the ceiling fan.

FOOD

Allen has spent 23 years as a professional chef in his native Australia. Although he still spends some time in the kitchen, they also have (so I’m told) an Indian chef.

The first meal we had was a T-bone steak that came to us untrimmed (lots of fat) and was slighty overcooked from what I requested and tough. This had us worried about the rest of our 16 days there, but fortunately this was the worst meal we had.

Most of the food is a variety of Fijan and Indian cuisine and even the pickiest eater should be able to find something they like. A couple of our favorites were the Fijan seared beef and the Fijan chow mein with chicken. All of it is artistically presented, often in a coconut shell with a sprig of mint or a tomato rose.

You can pay ala carte, but most packages include a meal plan. Ours included cooked breakfast with fruit, fruit juice and cooked entre. Lunch was one course and dinner two courses. There is an upgrade package to 2 courses for lunch and 4 courses for dinner, but our package was more food than I wanted to eat. Lunch is ordered from a menu at breakfast and has choices that include a salad, a pasta, a curry, a pizza, usually a catch of the day, and a specialty – or you could choose from the appetizers.

Dinner is ordered at lunch and there are one or two choices for 1st course, 2nd course, and main course and dessert. Since we only paid for 2 courses, my husband and I would usually share either the 1st or 2nd course, have our own main course and then share dessert.

There are also 2 beverage packages that you can purchase to avoid the necessity of paying for individual drinks.
Once a week, there is a Fiji night when dinner is prepared “lovo” style on hot rocks. The staff with help from the guests will prepare palm frond baskets to hold beef, chicken and pork that is placed on banana leaves over hot rocks along with taro and casaba. Above that they place another thick layer of banana leaves. Guests sit at long tables under the stars (I’ve never seen so many) if weather permits or in the Oceanfront Restaurant. Sepo opens the evening by welcoming each guest. Dancers perform between courses. Dinner is followed by a kava ceremony. This is the traditional drink of Fiji and may give you a slight buzz.

Most packages for couples include a 4 course “romantic dinner”. I had trouble eating 2 courses at dinner and we never got around to doing this.

Most packages also include spa time in conjunction with an activity day. We only did one of the four in our package. This was a 50 minute couple’s sugar scrub followed by a 50 minute massage. We are really not spa people, but I heard others call it “amazing”. Many couples or individuals had 2 or 3 treatments (including banana leaf wrap or papaya polish) while there.

DIVING

The dive shop was managed by Mark, who signed on for 6 months that will end before Christmas. Salote, Christina and William are very good Fijian dive masters who will most likely be there long term. Presumably, Mark will be replaced by another dive instructor, but Allen can always step in as needed.

The “Lady Paradise” is the largest and fastest of the Paradise fleet. It is used for fishing, transporting snorkelers to a private beach and picking up guests who pay extra for that service as well as for diving. On one occasion, after our first dive , we travelled about an hour over rough sea to Sulu Bay to pick up a couple of guests who were an hour late in arriving, then another hour to our 2nd dive site, and back at the resort at 3pm for a very late lunch. Twice, (in our 10 days of diving) we dropped off snorkelers which wasn’t much of an inconvenience except for the day that the water got rough and we had to go back to get them and drop them at another site before our second dive.

Rainbow Reef with its 21 named dive sites is the main attraction of the Somosomo strait between Taveuni and Vanua Levu. The resort lists a fuel surcharge for up to $80 Fijian for only one diver going to Rainbow reef ($40 Fijian ea for 2 or more?) when there are less than 7 passengers. We did not get charged for the two times the boat was light (once for the guest pickup and once with snorkelers). The guides watch the tide charts and currents for the best times to dive the famous White Wall and the Purple Wall. If there is no current, the soft corals will not be feeding and will not look impressive. If there is too much current, divers will fly on by barely seeing what they came for.

It is typical to do two dives on Rainbow Reef in the morning and return to the resort for lunch. The afternoon boat time is almost always along the coast which is not as nice.

The house reef does not have much of the color of Rainbow, but heading west down at about 50 feet there are at least 3 Blue Ribbon eels and in nearly the same location we saw 3 leaf fish and some translucent shrimp. Heading Northwest from the entrance, in about 20 feet is a big bommie with four different kinds of anemonefish, and there are snakes (at least one large and one small) who roam about the area. On the night dive, you might see octopus or cuttlefish.

ADVENTURES

Our first adventure was “horseback riding up a mountain for a 360 We got nowhere near the top of the mountain. That afternoon we did the cultural walk which I could pass on.

The second adventure was to the Lavena Coastal Walk, Buoma Falls, the Date Line, and the waterslide… Don’t let anyone tell you it can all be done in one day! First there is an hour and a half ride to get to the other side of the island (2/3 on dirt road). The coastal walk is nice, but takes about an hour and a half with the last part being uphill to a lovely waterfall. (It happened to rain on us almost all day, but was still warm). We spent a half hour or more swimming in the pool and climbing up a smaller falls to be catapulted off into the pool. By the time we walked another hour and a half back to the van for lunch, it was 3:00 and my legs and feet were feeling it. At Buoma Park we only had time to make the 10 minute hike to the lowest of the three falls and at that it was see it and leave. It was almost dark by the time we made it to the dateline, and we weren’t able to go to the natural waterslide at all.

For our third adventure, we went with Sepo to Vuna village. The first stop was at the chief’s house where Sepo made the traditional presentation of kava root to obtain permission to visit the village. Sepo is a wealth of knowledge of history and legends. I wouldn’t say that this is something you must do, but I did find it interesting. Next we went to the blow hole which is unimpressive at high tide, which it was. Then we stopped at the “coconut oil factory” where 6 people opened the coconut, ground out the meat, cooked the meat and then extracted the oil using a worm gear press. Our final stop was at the waterslide, but since central and southern Taveuni were experiencing a drought, that could have been skipped.

For our last adventure, we returned to Buoma Park and climbed to the highest of the falls. It was at least an hour long very steep climb, but well worth it. At the top, the falls splits into three streams and is very beautiful. Since we had gotten to the park before it really opened, we had the pool to ourselves for about a half an hour.

BOTTOM LINE:

The resort is lovely, the staff couldn't be better, but I don’t think that “Out of the way” is really an asset. I have to wonder if a resort closer to Rainbow and accessed with less dirt road, might have been preferable - but looking only at the on line pricing for another very popular resort, it seems that we saved at least $150/day at Paradise with their limited 2 for 1 special. Also, we had some good dives at Vuna Reef which might be out of reach for more central resorts. That is where we saw 8 eagle rays.

I would suggest moving to a resort closer to the airport for the final couple of days to do Buoma and Lavena at a more leisurely pace without as much travel over dirt roads.

Visited on 09/2014 - Submitted on 09/29/2014
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The staff of this resort are just amazing--very helpful and always friendly. We enjoyed our weeks visit very much. The house reef isn't much but the short boat ride (30 min) to Rainbow Reef is worth it for sure. The boat was covered and convenient. And the food was just to die for. Very interesting every day. Would recommend for families and newly marrieds as the cottages are large and private.

Visited on 08/2014 - Submitted on 08/28/2014

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