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which resorts would cater to scuba divers for taveuni and kadavu islands. We are advanced divers.

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1. Re: scuba diving

All resorts on these islands cater to divers. Have a look at Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat. This is a great place for divers and its close proximity to some of the best dive sites in the Taveuni. It is actually one Vanua Levu but is most easily accessed from Taveuni by boat. The website is very informative and is a real divers paradise.

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Diving is a primary activity in Fiji, so most resorts can offer diving either through their own dive operation or through another operator. Not all resorts have their own operations though, making some rather inconvenient if your main purpose for visiting is diving. On Taveuni, the resorts with their own operations that I like are Paradise Taveuni (on the southern end) and Nakia. Most of the resorts at the northern end don’t have their own operations, but Tyrone Valentine operates Vunibokoi Divers from Tovu Tovu Resort and is a good choice for an off-site operation. There are also a few resorts on islands nearby, including Dolphin Bay (actually on Vanua Levu but accessed by flying into Taveuni), Qamea and Matangi. Paradise, Qamea and Matangi all offer trips to Somosomo Strait, although it is not their primary dive area and they do charge extra to take you there. Any of these would be good choices with on-site dive operations. You might also look at Taveuni Island Resort, Coconut Grove, Maravu or Matei Pointe. They don’t have their own operations, but still cater to divers and the diving is convenient. Garden Island Resort is another option, but is a hotel environment as opposed to individual bures that are offered by the others. Your budget and the overall experience you desire should help you include or eliminate options.

On Kadavu, there are fewer choices. My favorite is Matava, but also good are Mai Dive (on Ono), Papageno and Dive Kadavu. For more advance diving I would probably recommend either Matava or Mai Dive. With the exception of a couple of resorts on the northern tip and Ono, it is not likely that you could actually get to dive without staying at a resort with their own dive operation.

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if you are limited to about 7 dive days, would you do the astrolabe for half the trip and rainbow reef the other half or just stay at one or the other and return next year...? We are budget oriented and do not require fancy accomodations. Just want to dive 3 or 4 tanks a day if possible.

Mai dive looked good at astrolabe and rainbow reef resort looked like it's priced in our range. I thought of splitting the trip into two locations but you lose a day of diving by travelling. Would we be bored with 6 days of diving at one site or should we split the trip? Thanks for your input. You sound very knowledgable about dive fiji. Hard to figure things out when we have not been there and have just begun exotic dive trips.

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are we on the right track with picking astrolabe and rainbow reef for the first trip? or is there an other place to be diving???

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With only 7 dive days, I would probably stay at one place. As you mentioned, you would lose a dive day by moving, and there is plenty of diving to keep you busy in either area. Depending on your total number of nights available in Fiji and your flight times in and out, you might be able to split and do a total of 4 nights with 3 dive days or 5 nights and 4 dive days (or one of each) at each of 2 locations. Both Taveuni and Kadavu are excellent choices, but I’d also consider Beqa and Rakiraki, as the diving is world-class in those areas as well.

Keep in mind that a typical dive day in Fiji is a 2-tank boat dive. Additional boat dives (and shore dives at some resorts) may also be available, but the boat dives usually can’t be prebooked or guaranteed due to weather and minimum diver requirements. To maximize your diving you should consider a liveaboard, which usually offer 4-5 dives a day (but are typically more expensive than land-based resorts). Liveaboards also tend to dive the best sites, but it is not necessarily true that you have to be on a liveaboard to get to them.

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Liveaboards will work on a later trip. too expensive for us now. looked into Peter Hughes and Aggressor when they were in FIJI. just wonder if there is enough to do at these places if you can only do a AM two tank dive.

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P/S Scuba

Take a look at Paradise Taveuni http://www.paradiseinfiji.com/

We are going for the 1st time in March. Looks like a great place.

They have a special going on now.

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it does look fantastic-especially the dive photos. Let me know how you like it.

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When are you going to Fiji??

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would like to catch a July 22 or July 26 flight so will be there on July 24 or 28th for seven or so days-6 or 7 dive days Nice to do three tanks a day). Have read alot about the dive spots so picked astrolabe and rainbow reef (taveuni) but hard to find lower cost accomodations. We ARE NOT interested in a HONEYMOON vacation nor wish to be CATERED to. Just want to DIVE there. Loved Cozumel's Palancar reef and Key Largo in FLA. Now want to try a different spot but do not need a PAMPERED vacation. which seems to be what they are selling in FIJI islands. We just want to DIVE. We also need to eat and sleep without bugs. Is this possible for a decent price?

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