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Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat

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Vanaira Bay | Rainbow Reef, Taveuni Island, Fiji
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had our best time in Fiji at dolphins bay. Awesome diving at the rainbow reef. We stayed in the tent which we quite enjoyed, more comfortable than it may sound. The food was superb and the staff extremely friendly and attentive. We really felt at home and the 7 days went by way too fast. The time spent here... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 4 nights in one of the fare and loved the place. Rainbow reef is just fantastic place to dive and Roland really knows the reefs and is an excellent dive leader. All of the staff are incredibly friendly and it is genuinely just a lovely place to be. Staying in a remote place the food is pretty... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Bula vinaka and thank you for the lovely review! I have passed it on to our staff and especially Maritina and Aqela in the kitchen were happy you enjoyed their food. It was nice having you with us even though it was a bit cold:-), the weather is warming up a little at the moment though. Vinaka! Viola More 

Mount Angel, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just had to respond to the negative review from Scott. You sound really frustrated, get some help. To start with I have done over 100 dives in that area over half of them with Dolphin Bay. They have always done a good job. All the dives I have been on have lasted between 50 and 60 minutes. I have... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Ron! Our staff will surely appreciate the kind words as they are the atmosphere and the experience and work very hard to make every stay a good one ! We are looking forward to having you back soon. Viola More 

Denver, Colorado
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191 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

After my first stay here, I went back hoping this place had improved some serious deficiencies--they have not. This place is located in paradise, also near great diving. Hence the fab reviews. But they are super low quality, in every regard. Not worth their price. Much better is available for a little more on this side of the strait, or... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Fortunately, Scott actually did not come back to visit us. We are VERY happy that he only stayed with us once which was in January of 2014. I already replied to his review then and do not see any reason to repeat myself. I was not aware that Tripadvisor lets guests write fictional stories, but I contacted them 4 times... More 

Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This review is on the bungalow Yanuyanu, we had stayed here in 1992 when it was called Matei Point it had 3 bungalows back then. There is wifi which worked less then it did a bit annoying but it was supplied free of charge. The property is run on generator a few hours in the morning and a few hours... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Manager at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Bula Louise and Harry, I am sooo glad you enjoyed your stay. I was a bit worried as things changed quite a bit since your last visit to Taveuni:-). I hope you also got your fishing trip in. Sorry about the internet, Vodafone can be temperamental sometimes:-) Just a small remark to everyone: This is Dolphin Bay Divers MATEI, Yanuyanu... More 

toronto
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We spent a month diving in Fiji (including the Naia live aboard) and found Dolphin Bay to have the best dives (most amount of fish and beautiful) and best resort all around. Roland(owner) has been around Taveuni for 20 years and knows his stuff. The dive team is funny, laid back and are really great people. All the sites are... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Bula Lilian, Thanks for staying with us, we enjoyed your company! Glad you liked the diving and everyone was happy! Sorry about the sea lice next door;-(. Roland More 

Berchtesgaden, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My fiance and I wanted to spend 1 week at this amazing place and ended up staying 2. If you are looking for pure nature, affordable vacation, charging your batteries and superb diving, this is the place to go. Accommodations are basic but have everything you need, we stayed in a bure with private bathroom which even had coffee and... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Bula und Guten Tag, Thank you! It was great having you with us, especially snorkeling with the Mantas;-). It was nice seeing you again at the BOOT as well;-). Hopefully we will have you back next year at our new place in Viani Bay! Vinaka Viola More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We had a great time @ DBDR. As we are divers we have chosen DBDR, because of its proximity to the Rainbow Reef. And yes, diving was superb. The variety of fauna and flora has clearly exceeded our expectations. On our day of departure we even got the chance to snorkel with six mantas. Roland (owners & dive guide) shared... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

Bula guys, Thanks for the great review! We all actually had a great time that week. Kathy and Zoe did the rain dance every night and it did pay off, we had rain!!!! It is amazing how fast nature recovers. The Mantas took off for the week end but are back now. Everyone here says hello and we do hope... More 

Vevey, Switzerland
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

There si some place that you live with a tear in his eye. Dolphin bay si one of them. Thank for this fantastic week. Food were famous, staff very friendly, dives with the mantas unforgettable, the Schätzli cocktail perfect and my birthday's cake delicious! Thank you Marisa & Raphael

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

You guys are so welcome! Schaetzli has been on the drink list ever since and is rapidly becoming the favourite drink! We will have one for you tonight! From all of us, it was a pleasure having you here! Viola More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I reference Trip Advisor for all of my travels. This place had superb reviews, so I booked it. There were a few key things were unexpected, which leads me to my first Trip Advisor review. 1. No running water. This bay has had limited rains since last November. Even the few rain showers during my stay was not enough to... More 

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dolphinbaydiversfiji, Owner at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, responded to this review

We are sorry you were not totally comfortable during your stay with us and appreciate your feed back. I also use Tripadvisor when I travel, it is a great tool when you combine it with research on the area you are going to and what your needs and budgets are, especially when traveling with family. Sometimes places are not made... More 

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