After spending countless hours researching on the internet for a location in Fiji to get married and honeymoon at we decided on Paradise Taveuni. After arriving at the resort it only took a minute or two to realise we had struck gold. Paradise Taveuni is everything that we had hoped for and much much more.
The grounds of the resort are immaculate, the food is absolutely delicious and the bures are beautiful but what makes this place perfect is the fantastic staff. Everyone from the grounds people to the management are 100% warm and friendly. Everywhere you go you are greeted with a warm "Bula" and a huge smile.
A nice touch is where you can choose the location to have your lunch or dinner eg on the Jetty, by the pool, in the wedding Bure etc so this makes it an ideal romantic getaway location for couples.
The resort also has a Fijian night which is a must to experience. Food is cooked on the Lovo and the night includes dance and singing performances from the local villagers and you get to participate in a kava ceremony.
The restaurant has a board that lists all the activities for the day so you can plan your day or just laze around the grounds in one of the hammocks or on a sunbed by the pool.
Some of the daily activities include half or full day tours to the local waterfalls, rainforests and villages, coconut lessons, basket weaving, learn to speak Fijian and wood carving.
The resort has its own dive shop which takes daily diving trips to some of the local dive spots and all resort guests have unlimited use of snorkling gear which you can use right off the resort waterfront. The water is crystal clear and a there is amazing fish and coral life right at the waters edge.
If you are looking for that perfect wedding location then this is it. The staff took care of every detail for us and turned the wedding location we chose into a magical and romantic spot using flowers and fauna from around the resort gardens.
The wedding package we chose included 2 local flower girls, 4 Fijian warriors and Fijian serenaders who helped to make our special day perfect.
We fell in love with Paradise and all the staff and can not wait to return soon.
We were there 8 days, so this will be a little long. First, "my likes". The resort is small, easy to navigate, and mostly user friendly. The burres are wonderful and you will not need anything. They provide for you very well. I had trouble with the shower temp, but my husband didn't so it was clearly operator error.
The people - I can say without question, the people of Taveuni are the nicest I have ever met. We met some amazing travelers as well and enjoyed diving and dining with them.
Which brings me to my next "like" - the food. I have ZERO complaints. The food was wonderful and I felt I had a good variety to choose from every day.
The massage was wonderful and is in a hut overlooking the ocean - the only downside was the clanking of the guy working on his sailboat and the kids screaming in the pool.
The dive shop - first rate in every way. The dive masters are incredible and are there for not only your safety, but for your enjoyment as well. The staff take care of your every need. I don't think they sleep. They are up before getting all of your gear ready on the boat, they stay after helping to analyze nitrox for next day, take your gear off the boat, rinise it, and return it for the next day. Underwater, they are just as impressive.
"My dislikes" I like to run/workout everyday and there is no where to do so. I did go running long the dirt road, but it rained the first four days and the road was to dangerous for me. If you are a "mudder" you will love it. That said, the run was beautiful the one day I did get to go.
It is 45-60 minutes away from the airport and at least 30 minutes to anywhere else - so just know that if you choose to do anything off property, it will cost you at leave 50 Fijian ($25 US) to go anywhere.
The way they do meals - you preorder in the am for your lunch and dinner which is fine, but it leaves ALOT of room for error. We had people get overlooked, we had a three course meal take over 90 minutes, and we had one person finish their three course meal while another had eaten nothing. So, there is marked room for improvement.
The only negative about the dive shop is after your last dive, rather than returning your gear to the boat, they hang it up in the shop to dry. However, it isn't all together and is spread out all over the place. So make sure you take a check list of what you left on the boat or else you run the chance of leaving something behind.
The bar closes at 9:00 which did not work for our group. If it doesn't work for your group, have your driver stop at the bottle shop in town on the way from the airport to the resort and pick up your own provisions.
I highly recommend Paradise - you will not be disapointed.
Travel form main Island Airport (Nadi) in a small plane and skim the water so your wife is having kittens. -Land on a Good strip at Taveuni - a 1hr 4 wheel drive through deep vegetation - Arrive in PARADISE Taveuni where you are greeted by the famous Fijian smile 'Bula' then each night you mix and relax more and more. We simply needed to nothing but lay around however s this Island is for 'Deep' Divers and we do not Dive we were very happy to tag along with the 'Snorkel' instructor and what a GREAT experience, wonderful Coral and warm water. We kicked ourselves that we did not grab this earlier - By the way the Spa massage in open bure' looking over the ocean is the most relaxing way to spend the afternoon before you lay by the pool. There are only 18 or so Free Standing Bure' with a total of 38? guests so quiet and relaxing - You all meet for predinner drinkies and then off to your own table 'Silver Service' under your own private Palm tree for a Great meal and just lookout to the setting sun over the ocean. It is the MOST Romantic and Relaxing holiday you can wish for. Regards Garry
I returned from a trip to Taveuni, Fiji, June 2019. I was blown away. This is a wonderful tropical island where nature abounds and the Polynesian spirit is maintained. I stayed at Paradise Taveuni Resort and my primary activity was scuba diving. This place is really paradise! The grounds, pool and ocean front are, as they say, "To die for." The accommodations are comfortable and roomy. I had an exquisite outdoor lava rock shower that I wish I could have taken home with me. It's amazing to me that this resort and much of the island was wiped out by a category 5 typhoon, just a few years ago. You can't tell. There is a lot to do outside of the resort like waterfall hikes, village visits, and a treat for me was visiting the botanical gardens of Gaiatree Sanctuary. Make reservations early here it is a garden of Eden and a foodie delight.
I enjoyed the staff, they are truly out to give you great service and they are very proud of their resort, island and culture. Everyone knows your name and preferences. The food is very good and varied. I would have liked to see a bit more seafood. The SCUBA diving was well planned. They have great dive masters and a very nice large boat with cabin and good ladders with rails. Always a must for me. The Soft Coral Capital of the world lives up to its name. So many colors. The White Wall is a must. Very good reefs without bleaching and a great variety of fish. Not too much big stuff. I met divers from all over the world and of course trading the best places to dive was fun. This resort and Fiji should be on your bucket list.
We happened upon this resort as we were looking for a place to moor our yacht for a few days R&R and heard fro a friend it catered to cruisers. We sailed into the mooring area, traversing past a huge coconut plantation, the largest we had seen in Fiji during our travels. We were greeted by the staff and one of the owners and told we had the run of the place to relax, go on one of the many tours or Dive expeditions, Its a beautiful resort which is still being rebuilt to greater glory after being destroyed by cyclone Winston a few years earlier,
The villas are very modern and upscale, each its own sanctuary but within a few meters of everything else. The grounds have hammocks for reading a book or relaxing and a nice pool overlooking the sea. The menu changes daily and the food and bar are well appointed and offer tasty food and drink.
The resort offers a multitude of options for local shopping or sights/events or a local bus stops right out front for a more rural adventure.
If you are into diving then this resort is a must visit as it has daily options for single to multiple dives and also full PADI Dive training and certification.
Not much of a beach option but you can still swim/dive/snorkel right from the resort if you wish. The staff are top notch and the souvenir shop well appointed. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area!!