My wife and I were on our honeymoon. We went with Nakia Resort and Dive to complete our scuba PADI Open Water certification. My wife and I were both a bit nervous since we were going from a swimming pool in Cleveland, Ohio to the ocean waters of Taveuni Island, Fiji. When we first met Aaron and Julie (our instructors) they were nothing but warm,and sincere., They listened to us to see what our training level was. And to make us even more comfortable they provided some terrific snacks.
When we began our training, we were doing shore dives. Aaron was our instructor and if you ever want a patient person to learn scuba diving from, he is your man. Aaron also made sure we did each technique correctly and that we understood what we were doing before moving on to the next lesson. Here is one perfect example....
One of my biggest challenges was taking off my BCD while in the water and then putting it back on. I also had the same challenge with my weight belts. Aaron helped me remain confident in doing this, and took the time to make sure I did these tasks correctly. Because of his outstanding patience and terrific teaching, I acquired the confidence and knowledge to perform the tasks necessary to become an Open Water diver.
Because we had such a great time with Aaron and Julie (and lets not forget Captain Ronnie and Robin...) my wife and I did an extra day of scuba diving with them after completing our certification. And we were so excited that we were able to do a boat dive! We were able to experience a current which was a bit overwhelming at first but well worth it. Aaron and Julie told us that is usually the best time to see large clusters of fish wildlife. We were lucky enough to even see a rare species of eel which was fascinating... the Blue Ribbon eel. Along our adventure we saw some sharks, clown fish, and beautiful coral. Aaron also kept us quite entertained while underwater as well. Moments my wife and I will never forget.
Julie is also just as great. Before we went on our dives she showed us in detail a variety of species to look out for while we were in the water. Her and Aaron both can tell you anything you want to know about the wildlife and coral surrounding Fiji.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, world-class reefs, and a 12-meter swimming pool await guests at Nakia Resort & Dive, Fiji. Nakia is an intimate, comfortable, family-owned, eco resort on the Garden Island of Taveuni. The resort uses water from artesian springs, fresh organic fruits and vegetables grown on site, and the natural energy of the sun, water, and wind. This combination of eco features is unique in Fiji. Nakia welcomes families, honeymooners, adventurers, and guests seeking quiet, pristine beauty. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nakia Resort And Dive
- Nakia Resort & Dive Hotel Taveuni Island
- Nakia Hotel Dive
- Nakia Hotel Taveuni Island