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“Fijians are amazing people”

Waitabu Marine Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Arrive in the tree-adorned island of Taveuni to discover a tropical paradise you've only dreamed about. Slip on your fins and mask and slide into the warm waters of Fiji. Let all the stress of everyday life fall away as you make your way along the magical reef of Waitabu. The communities of Waitubu and Bouma came to protect their native fishing grounds in 1998. Their foresight and diligence has allowed visitors, like yourself, the opportunity to share in the beauty of the Waitabu Marine Park. These crystal-clear waters are home to the most amazing marine species you may ever see. Don't be too surprised when you pass a sea turtle or find yourself following a gentle ray. You know you're in paradise when you've landed in the Waitabu Marine Park.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We took a taxi (about FJ$75 return from Matei including waiting time) and paid for a 'cultural' tour. If you want to do this make sure you give them at least 24 hours notice as some of the men take time off farming to look after you. The tour included paddling a traditional style raft to the reef, a guided snorkeling session of the rehabilitated reef (equipment provided), and sharing a meal with the locals where some of their musicians play music in the background. I kayak a lot and the traditional raft was surprisingly hard work which my back didn't like. The guide for the snorkeling was great and pointed out lots of marine life we wouldn't have seen. We loved the locals and the meal they prepared for us - they can make the Fijian people proud about what we now think of their culture.

5  Thank andrew_oz_collins
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Thanks to an American woman/scientist from California I think and several locals the reefs have been brought back from practical extinction in this area. What a great setting and the villagers were so informative and sang some lovely songs over tea.

2  Thank Leo S
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

I first went on this trip back when they opened.
It was good then.
It is incredible now.
This village goes out of their way to provide guests with a wonderful experience
a big vinaka!~

3  Thank ronna g
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

As the corals are mostly destroyed by cyclone Thomas in February 2010, the snorkeling is now much better in Matei and in the south of Taveuni. Actually, snorkeling at Waitabu Marine Park was the worst I experienced in Fiji and definitely not worth the money.

4  Thank Voyager_Again
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

The Marine park offers a great place for visitors to Taveuni to snorkel a community protected coral reef. Waitabu is a community supported and operated Marine Protected Area. The 10+ year effort has set aside a specific "no-fishing area" along the community waterfront on Taveuni Island. Visitors pay a small fee to snorkel the protected coral reefs. The fees are used to invest in education funds for community children. The snorkeling is conducted with a trained local guide. On our last visit we saw large Sweetlips, three Whitetip reef sharks, nudibranchs, schools of barracuda and snapper, and many varieties of coral. The protected area is a short boat ride from the welcome center. The only downside would be for older, or physically limited snorkelers. The boat used for snorkeling has a flimsy ladder, so you may want to make sure that you will be able to "climb" back into the boat using it (the ladder) before you head out. The upside is that current research conducted in the park has shown that the effort has been successful in increasing the relative numbers of fish and corals in the park and surrounding waters!

3  Thank Albatross37
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