Garden Island Resort owns and operates a PADI 5 Star dive centre on site - so get ready for some world class diving at the Rainbow Reef! Our dive team are very experienced in these waters and know the nooks and crannies of each reef and where to spot specific marine life . The currents can be strong in the Somosomo Straits, so each day our dive masters will select the sites with optimum conditions to allow you a great diving experience. 

 

Safety comes first, but we also make sure you have fun and enjoy each dive. At the end of the day come join the team for a game of volleyball by the dive centre, or share stories and photos from the day. 

 

Here's a little introduction to Garden Island Resort's dive team:

 

Tawake Mateo – Resident Dive Instructor

With over 20 years diving experience, Tawake’s calm and mild manner makes diving with him a very comfortable and relaxing affair and he’s dedicated to sharing his passion for diving with everyone. His favourite dive spot is the world famous Great White Wall.


Ane Alaifotuawki – Dive Master

Our loving Ane has been a dive master for 15 years. Her favourite dive spot is Barracuda Hole because she enjoys seeing all the big fish.


Iowani (Wani) Uluilakeba – Dive Master

Wani’s natural ease in the water shows with his 20 years as a dive master. His favourite dive spot is Jack’s Place because of all the different types of soft coral there.


Leone Vincent – Dive Master

The captain of our dive boats, Leone has 22 years as a dive master under his belt, and he enjoys taking the guests to all our dive locations.


Melania (Nia) Rawia – Dive Master

Nia’s beautiful smile makes anyone new to the water immediately comfortable and her 14 years as a dive master. Her favourite dive spot is Ane’s Bommie – yes this site is named after our very own Ane!


Paulo Catanaiualu – Dive Master

Paulo has been diving for 15 years, and is no stranger to the Rainbow Reef. His favourite dive spot is The Zoo where he says can witness all the different types of fish swimming together.


Pio Botea – Dive Master

Pio has been a dive master at Garden Island Resort for a year. His favourite dive spot is the Great White Wall as he enjoys swimming through the tunnel to get to the wall.


Waisale (Wais) Matai – Dive Master

One of our youngest members, Wais brings a lot of energy to the dive team. He has been a dive master at Garden Island Resort for a year and his favourite dive spot is the Great White Wall because the soft white coral is Fiji’s underwater snow.

 


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

With the fruit bats perched in the trees over our room, crying out their song, soaking in the hot tub after a day of diving, watching the sunset, sipping on a cup of tea - it's very romantic.

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