FitDiver® Magazine June 2016 - Page 35

The island of Taveuni is one of the most picturesque locations we've visited. We went there for the diving - which is amazing - and we fell in love with the people. We stayed at Garden Island Resort and spent nine days diving with Rainbow Reef Divers. The resort staff and dive team provided impeccable service. The spa-like rooms opened directly onto the water with views of the Somosomo Strait and Vanua Levu. Sunsets were spectacular. One of the most memorable sights were the daily multiple rainbows over the island equaled only by the spectrum of brilliant soft corals of the Rainbow Reef.

The dive shop and boat were a mere 100-feet from our room. On three-dive days, midday surface intervals were spent relaxing in a quiet cove near Vanua Levu where we were served a hot lunch delivered by the resort to the dive boat.

On non-diving days we explored the island; walking to the Wairiki Mission, the international date line, and completing the Lavena Coastal Trek; a three to five hour trail to remote waterfalls, and hiking part of the Bouma Falls trail.

We went to Taveuni for the diving

- which is amazing -

and we fell in love with the people.