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Written By : PETER LOMAS. “Taveuni Island Resort is a dream destination. “Extremely well thought out design by a couple who personally developed the property over many years. “They built
03 Apr 2010 12:00

image Written By : PETER LOMAS. “Taveuni Island Resort is a dream destination.
“Extremely well thought out design by a couple who personally developed the property over many years.
“They built all the waterfront residences to exploit both views and privacy.
“Near impossible to find a design like this.
“The residences are very large. Ours had a private bedroom, a separate and huge great room along with a spa inspired bathroom.
“The fixtures are luxurious and modern to include dual sinks.
“Plenty of outlets for hair dryers, shavers, etc (not always the case in many resorts in Fiji).
“The bedroom is wonderful. Canopy bed, air conditioned, huge windows/doors if desired…. More than I can describe.
“The great room has huge doors throughout that can be opened for a huge breeze if desired.
“A stocked fridge with beer and other drinks is in each room and the prices were more than fair. Another nice feature is each residence has its own French press coffee maker.
“Not some little one cup press, but a four cup press (the owners’ overlook nothing). Fresh cream is also included with the coffee condiments.
“No pre-packed coffee here- it was so nice to enjoy premium coffee every morning sitting outside on the chase lounges.
“In closing about the residences- large, very private, luxurious and overall breathtaking.
“Dining was wonderful.
“You have the choice of eating inside, on the waterview veranda or even in a private waterfront dining room.
“Nothing is rushed, everything is relaxing and easy. Large variety of items, we spent a week and never had the same item twice nor grew tired of the food.
“TIR has a nice lounge to have a cocktail before dinner. Casual yet very classy.
“The owners’ may be in the lounge beautifully saying hello to guests before dinner. It is a very special experience.
“Do and Rick, the owners have that very special something and visiting with them is a treat.
“TIR has a saltwater infinity pool. So beautiful, overlooking the ocean. First time I ever swam in a saltwater pool and it was great.
“TIR took us out on their modern boat snorkeling. Simply wonderful.
“Modern boat, competent captain, knew the area extremely well.
“TIR also arranged a few day trips for us and they were great.
“TIR does not nickel and dime for activities (many are free) and the external ones that are not included at the resort are hosted by the best on the island and they charge no premium for this.
“If you want a destination of a lifetime find a way to stay at TIR.”
Guests from all over the world agree. Just ask those Canadians. Or the Australian wedding couple.
Or travelrite, from Denver, USA, who said on
“Taveuni Island Resort is a truly magnificent place to stay! The rooms are immaculate, the views are incredible, and the activities are plentiful! We had the vacation of our dreams.
“The staff were incredibly warm and helpful with every request.
The food was very good, a wide variety of local dishes, traditional Fijian food, excellent fish dishes, fresh fruit every morning for breakfast!
“And always, always served with a smile!
”We loved the privacy and the stunning views from our bure. The outdoor shower is also amazing!
“And though we lucked out and had nearly perfect weather, it was nice to go into the air conditioned room after a day of hiking and swimming! ‘
“The scuba diving was world class!
“The waterfall tour was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.
“The entire experience was one that will be hard to top.
“And Taveuni Island Resort was such an amazing place to stay. We look forward to our NEXT trip!”

Bouma Falls Park
The Bouma National Heritage Park is the ideal way for the adventurous to spend a whole day, or a few hours, exploring.
Situated on the eastern side of the island, it is just a half hour ride by taxi or bus from the resort.
There is a leisurely walk to the first waterfall where lush vegetation and wild red and yellow ginger create a colourful, unbelievably beautiful grotto.
Take a swim in the huge natural rock pool: dive under, into and behind this large volume of cascading water. You then climb up a pathway to the second and third waterfalls, each unique and incredibly beautiful.
Just before reaching the second waterfall, there is a lookout to view the coast and the islands of Matagi, Qamea and Laucala, and up into the high peaks and ranges of Taveuni’s mountainous landscape. It is a 360 degree vista of lush tropical beauty.
Taveuni is renowned for the best bird life in Fiji, as there are no predators, so one is bound to discover the abundance of bird life: Orange Dove, Native Wood Pigeon, Taveuni Native Parrot and many more, plus rare exotic palms.
Lavena Coastal Walk
On the same coastal road, just 10 minutes further on, is the beautiful white sand beach of Lavena.
Here you can spend a whole day walking and exploring this amazing coast, passing remote villages.
You will hike a natural trail through stunning coastal scenery and enjoy the beauty of this wild foreshore.

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