Like most travel, the further you go off the beaten track, the more relaxed and authentic your travel experience will be. Fiji is no exception. Taveuni is Fiji’s third largest island and only a 90-minute flight from Nadi. It’s home to lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls and arguably Fiji’s most vibrant marine environment.
Those who make the effort to explore Taveuni will be rewarded with the kind of experience that mainstream travellers could only dream about. And one of the best places to take it all in is Garden Island Resort.
It’s fair to say that Garden Island Resort is a favourite with visiting divers.
There are a wide variety of world-class dive sites within a short distance of the resort. Many of them have colourful names like Rainbow Reef, Great White Wall, The Ledge, Annie's Bommie, Blue Ribbon Eel Reef and Fish Factory. Colourful by name, colourful by nature!
Garden Island Resort is a PADI 5 Star dive resort, so divers will be in their element. They have a fully equipped dive centre on site with three 30-foot dive boats and SCUBAPRO dive gear and equipment. Their custom built pier also provides immediate access to the water. And the professional (and Fijian friendly) dive crew are experts at making sure visiting divers soak up the best of the island's underwater wonders in the safest way possible. A variety of certified dive courses are also available for newbies, right through to experts.
While they have the dive angle well and truly covered, it would be a mistake to pigeon hole Garden Island as a ‘diver's resort’. Anyone that has woken up to beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and ben lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves will testify to that! Diver or not diver, this is bliss. The resort boasts 15 ocean front suites each with a private patio, and 15 ocean view rooms fully refurbished with private balconies. Each room provides private space and luxurious comfort.
The food is also fantastic. Fresh local ingredients are used as much as possible. Guests with special dietary requirements will also be catered for – think yummy gluten-free pizzas, dairy-free meals and vegetarian dishes.
Guests in need of pampering are also taken care of. The resort’s Nature Spa is located in a private bure, surrounded by natural jungle and a rock waterfall. There’s a long list of massage therapies, plus other yummy treats like facials, natural sugar scrubs, manicures and pedicures. If you weren’t floating on a cloud already, you soon will be!
Garden Island Resort provides guests with easy access to Taveuni’s vast unspoilt beauty. The island’s national park is one of Fiji’s treasures and there you’ll find any number of secluded spots. You can take in the surrounding landscape on horseback, enjoy natural waterslides and waterfalls, visit the local villages or head down to the water sports centre to go kayaking or snorkelling.
In a nutshell, Garden Island Resort provides the perfect base to explore Taveuni. If you have a thirst for adventure, there is something for everyone.