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Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat in Fiji

Dolphin Bay Divers

“No road, no disco, no air con- no stress. Leave it all behind,”  proclaims the Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat‘s website.

When choosing our Fiji accommodations, we were looking for a few things: 1) proximity to top dive sites 2) seclusion 3) affordability 4) great reviews.

Dolphin Bay Divers met all of our requirements: 1) Packages include dives on over 20 sites on Rainbow Reef, one of the “top ten dive spots in the world.” 2) The hotel was completely secluded and cut off from everything. 3) For about $37 USD a night, we rented a furnished tent (with a bed), which included all of our meals during our stay. 4) All of the reviews for “dive resorts” around Rainbow Reef pointed to Dolphin Bay Divers as one of the best accommodations with high customer satisfaction.

Divers Do it Better

The third leg of our extended honeymoon, Fiji was all about the SCUBA diving for us. New Zealand was the adventurous road trip and French Polynesia was to relax and indulge.

Fiji’s best dive sites include Taveuni’s Rainbow Reef in the Somosomo Strait, Kadavu’s Great Astrolobe Reef, and Beqa Lagoon.

Rainbow Reef is home to the world famous Great White Wall. Named for it’s glowing white soft coral starting at 50 feet (15 meters) and reaching 215 feet (15 meters) deep, this wall is an underwater phenomenon. Like I wrote in my last post, it felt like being on the planet in the movie Avatar.

If there were Seven Wonders of the SCUBA diving world, this would be one of them.

Getting there

To get to Dolphin Bay Divers, we flew, as most visitors do, from Nadi to Taveuni on a tiny, little plane.

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Being on such a small plane meant flying low, which meant we had an incredibly scenic journey over Fiji’s beautiful land and seascape.

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Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat is only accessible by boat; no roads lead here. The staff arrange for a transfer to pick you up at the airport, load you and your luggage into a water taxi, then speed off for the 20 minute journey to the beach retreat.

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Approaching our beach home for the next few days, I knew we had chosen wisely.

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Have you ever watched a show like Lost or a movie like Blue Lagoon, Castaway, or Six Days and Seven Nights and thought to yourself: I think I’d like to be stranded on a tropical island like that….at least for a few days….?

I know I have.

That was exactly the feeling we had when stepping on to this beach.

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Our tent home was nestled in the jungle, at the edge of the property.

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Not bad for $37 a night (although, at the time, I think we paid around $24- in 2010), which of course included all meals.

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It was the most fabulous campsite I’ve ever seen. Our very own beach village (a la Lost).

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Delicious, organic meals were enjoyed in the sand, amidst the palm fringed rainforest. Candle and moon light set the romantic evening ambiance.

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Downtime between dives was for lounging in hammocks….

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Who wouldn’t want to be stranded here for a little while?

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Or swimming in the lagoon…

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Or enjoying a happy hour cocktail or two…

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Paradise.

Culture

Evening activities include a visit to a nearby resort (via boat) to watch dance performances by local villagers and participate in a kava ceremony.

Kava is something we came to know and love about Fiji. The locals take their kava every night and seem to have an extremely high tolerance for it.

Tasting like bitter grass or soap water (as some describe it), the drink kava is made from the roots of the kava plant (piper methysticumis). The herb’s roots have anesthetic and sedative properties. As soon as you sip, the back of your throat and tongue turn numb. To some, it is a relaxant. I found it to be a stimulant, so I avoided it after a couple of tries. What I loved about kava was not the drink itself, but the cultural ceremony surrounding it.

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Then we were asked to join in the dancing.

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Other activity options at Dolphin’s Bay include day trips to hike the Lavena Coast, Bouma National Heritage Park, and horse riding to the top of the volcano crater. There’s a trip to the dateline (180 meridian) and a natural water slide or an excursion to a plantation, rainforest and blow hole.

For more information on Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat, check out their website: http://www.dolphinbaydivers.com/

 

I received no form of compensation for this post. I simply enjoyed our experience at Dolphin Bay Divers and wanted to share it with all of you.

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22 Responses to Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat in Fiji

  1. noelmorata February 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

    that looks excellent and what a great value, I will have to definitely visit one of these days…gorgeous~!!

    • Lindsay February 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

      Thanks, Noel! It was gorgeous!! I want to go back!!

  2. Hannah February 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM #

    wow- to everything! Looks like a little bit of paradise for sure! And that great white wall is insane- would love to see that one day!

    • Lindsay February 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM #

      It’s pretty amazing, Hannah! I’d like to go back for sure!

  3. A Southern Gypsy February 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

    Ahhhh this looks amazing! I want to go!

    • Lindsay February 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM #

      You should, Ashley! Free stop when you fly to New Zealand!

  4. dawnkealing February 23, 2014 at 3:19 AM #

    Wow!! That looks absolutely lovely, definitely looking into trips to Fiji at the moment, hehe. Great post, really brought me into the experience!

    • Lindsay February 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM #

      Thanks, Dawn! Let me know if you end up going to Fiji. I could throw some tips your way!

  5. Jessie Voigts February 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM #

    what an extraordinary place. I’d go there in a heartbeat!

    • Lindsay February 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM #

      It was pretty fantastic. I’d go BACK in a heartbeat!

  6. Serena February 25, 2014 at 4:39 AM #

    looks like paradise!!

    • Lindsay February 25, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

      It’s pretty close- to paradise, that is!

  7. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey February 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

    What paradise! My husband would love, love to dive here.

    • Lindsay February 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM #

      I highly recommend the diving. It’s hard to beat, for soft corals, especially!

  8. Antonette Spaan February 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

    would love to make it over to Fiji one day 🙂

    • Lindsay February 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM #

      It should be high on your list, Antonette! Fiji is so amazing!

  9. Jessica | a passion and a passport February 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM #

    WOWZA! That hammock looks so comfy- would love to take a nap on it!

    • Lindsay March 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

      The hammock… the breeze… the swaying palms… heaven!

  10. IntrovertlyBubbly February 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM #

    This is amazing…the organic, the whole ” lost concept” (but only for a day lol…I love the idea getaways like this where you are secluded and dumped to face nature

    • Lindsay March 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM #

      Right! It’s an escape into nature- and I can definitely handle nature on a tropical beach!!

  11. alexraphael April 6, 2014 at 4:55 AM #

    Nice!!!! Oh and I want a hammock.

    • Lindsay April 6, 2014 at 10:17 AM #

      You and me both, Alex! Not a bad idea actually! Might get my hubs on that! 1- find and purchase hammock 2- find perfect sunny/shady spot between 2 trees and install. haha!

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