Climate: Fiji enjoys year round dive weather with air temperatures averaging 23 – 26°C / 74 – 79°F
Water Temperature: 25 – 28°C / 77 – 83°F
Time: UTC +12:00
Language: English is the official language, but the Fijian language and dialects are preserved and widely spoken
Currency: The Fijian dollar is the basic unit of currency. Major credit cards are welcomed by most
Electricity: 240 Volt. Same three-prong plug used in Australia, U.S. appliances may need an adapter
Airport(s): Nadi International Airport (NAN)
Hyperbaric Chambers: Colonial War Memorial Hospital Suva
Crowned the soft coral capital of the world by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fiji delivers. The Cakaulevu, or Great Sea Reef, Lomaiviti Triangle with the occasional siting of a humpback whale, Namenalala’s turtle nests and the blue coral of Rotuma all make this destination worthy of its title. The largest reef fish in the world also resides here; the humpheaded wrasse can grow longer than the average Fijian is tall. With over 300 islands and 540 islets scattered over one million square miles in the South Pacific, there is a veritable smorgasboard of dives to choose from. Strong currents provide world renowned drift dives so you can sit back and enjoy the show of mantas, blue ribbon eel, lionfish and much more. The Republic of Fiji lies in the Pacific, between North America and Australia, southwest of Hawaii and northeast of Sydney.
We never did tell you about our trip to Fiji… it rained… A LOT! We now know how the Garden Island of Taveuni got its name; it requires an awful lot of rain to stay so green. But despite the 24 hour-a-day downpours for 6 days straight we really had the trip of a lifetime! We got to swim with manta rays with 10 foot wingspans, we saw over a dozen nudibranchs we’d never seen before, white tip reef sharks on almost every dive, and of course the anemonefish were awesome! And we found a blue ribbon eel… we never knew they were so small! I’ve attached a few pictures we took during our trip to show you the splendor of the Rainbow Reef! Feel free to share them on your website if you wish. We absolutely LOVED it and would highly recommend it to anyone (but we wouldn’t suggest going during the rainy season…) ?
Paradise Resort was INCREDIBLE! The Fijians are truly the nicest people we’ve ever met, and we work at Walt Disney World!!! Alan and Terri Gortan are wonderful and their hospitality is genuinely warm and friendly!
Our dive vacation in Taveuni was great. It boggles the mind how Teri and Allan can provide such a top quality experience in such a remote location. They, and their entire staff, are the friendliest and most helpful people on earth. We had some incredible dives, like the White Wall, and even saw a hammerhead shark! 20-30 dolphins swam past the resort one morning at breakfast. I miss the spectacular sunsets. (sigh)
Our vacation at the appropriately named, Paradise Taveuni, was magical. Hard to believe such a remote location could offer such luxurious accommodations, first class cuisine, and the friendliest service in the world. On top of that the diving was superb. We saw species we'd never seen before. The White Wall was a marvel.
The resort was lovely and well maintained. Unfortunately, it rained 8 out of the 10 days we were there. Didn't matter as we were divers and were wet anyway. Can't control the weather. The room was a little dark as it could use a lighter color of paint and better lighting. The outside showers were great as we never used the inside one. The dive sites were almost all at Rainbow Reef which was about a 30 minute boat ride every day. There was a good amount of current on some of the sites. On Cabbage patch reef we saw a huge Manta Ray about 14 feet across. That siting made the trip. The staff were all very attentive. We had a long layover in Nadi which I would not recommend for future travelers. Great experience and saw sealife that you don't see in the Caribbean.
It was fabulous! The employees incredible! Food delicious! The diving awesome! Rooms with a view! Great entertainment! Loved loved loved the adventure to Taveuni!!!
The resort was very relaxing, facing the ocean towards the west so brilliant sunsets every night. Service was excellent. Dive sites and crew were helpful, took us to unique dive sites, including the infamous Great White Wall, and were safety conscientious. We were treated with a Kava ceremony and dancing one evening. The food had variety and was plentiful. There was beef on the menu, probably for Westerners, but it was a bit tough. Otherwise, everything else was unique and had a Fiji flare to it. The resort and room was clean, well kept, and things were working properly. Housekeeping visited our bure (room) twice daily. I would definitely recommend staying here.
Experience the Fiji Firewalkers of Beqa Island
Lately we've been a little Bucket-List crazed. We're itching to find and experience the greatest dives, destinations and attractions the world has to offer.
What did we find?
One of the world's most beautiful and mysterious wonders: the Fijian Islands and the magic of the Firewalkers.
The Legend of the Firewalkers of Beqa Island
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