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March, 2014
Diving in Fiji  

PADI Resort - Naigani Island Resort in Fiji, presents ROSI!

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” - Jacques Yves Cousteau.

Naigani Island Resort, a PADI Resort in Fiji, proudly announces that ROSI - their new dive boat - is ready to navigate the beautiful waters of the Lomaiviti Group of islands, an archipelago located offthe east coast of Fiji.ROSI-Naigani-Resort-Fiji

In the past few months ROSI has experienced a major overhaul, both inside and out. With powerful Yamaha V6 engines and at 7.2m x 3m- ROSI comfortably welcomes 10 divers, 2 dive guides and the boat crew. The inclusion of an “H” style dive ladder makes entry and exit really easy and to protect everyone from the sun, there’s a partially enclosed deck.

ROSI’s design was custom-made to please all divers -from beginners enjoying a PADI DSD experience – to more advanced divers with underwater photography equipment.

Additional dive boats at NaiganiIsland Resort include ‘Dive Naigani’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’ which respectively accommodate 6 and 12 divers.

Diving is possible all year round at Naigani Island Resort’s local sites. You will discover pinnacles within a 15 minute boat ride where hard and soft corals thrive, macro-lovers will find plenty of nudibranchs and other small creatures and there’s also the daily chance of a reef shark encounter here. For an opportunity to dive with hammerhead sharks and manta rays, Naigani offers weekly wall dives in the Wakaya Passage located within a one hour boat trip.

For an accessible untouched paradise in Fiji, visit Naigani Island Resort.   For more information go to:


March, 2014Ian Cumming, PADI Regional Manager for the South Pacific and Marketing Executive, Sheridan Hatcher
Diving in Fiji


For the past nine years PADI AsiaPacific has supported the Fiji Dive Committee through sponsorship of the FijiDive Expo to assist the country’s diving industry.

Ian Cumming, PADI Regional Managerfor the South Pacific and Marketing Executive, Sheridan Hatcher attended theevent which took place in the Coral Coast from20 - 21 February, 2014 at Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa.

The annual expo provides an opportunity to share information about PADI’sdiving services and support with local visitors and PADI Professional Membersin Fiji.


Click to read thefull article in the Fiji Times

(Source: Fiji Times 22 February 2014) 



April 2013
Diving in Fiji  

PADI diving with Captain Cook in Fiji 


Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has announced the appointment of Viti Water Sports, a PADI Five Star Dive Centre, to look after passenger's diving and snorkelling activities on board the MV Reef Endeavourand also on Captain Cook’s Tivua Island day cruise. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji flagship MV Reef Endeavour.

“Dive opportunities are at an additional cost and are available for both certified and ‘first time’ divers with Viti Water Sports experienced divers, accompanying passengers on every dive, to amazing dive locations, where divers swim through caves, coral bommies and see breath taking coral gardens and sea creatures,”  the company’s Fiji executive director, Jackie Haworth-Charlton said.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji operate three, four and seven night cruises on-board the MV Reef Endeavour and all cruise prices include on-board accommodation, all meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions, snorkelling, wi fi, on board entertainment and use of the ship's facilities including swimming pool, spa, pool bar, sun deck, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and library.  




July, 2012
Diving in Fiji 


Fiu Manueli receives PADI 20 Year Membership Award

Fiu Manueli 20 Years Ian Cumming

Fiu Manueli first learnt to dive in the 1960’s with Gus Caine and with these skills he went on to work for the University of the South Pacific in Suva collecting samples and specimens for researchers of the day. 

In the 1980’s, Fiu travelled to Queensland, Australia where he wanted to dive on the Great Barrier Reef.   When he inquired about diving, they requested his certification card, - no luck he didn’t have one!  

‘What about snorkelling?’ he asked, “You’ll need a doctor’s certificate” they said!!   No luck there either.   

So Fiu rang PADI Dive Centre Scuba Hire in Fiji and inquired about the cost of training with them and began his formal dive training.

Fiu gained PADI Open Water and Advanced certifications with Karen Evans and following this - 21 years ago - Richard Nicholls (owner of Dive Centre Manly) taught Fiu the PADI Rescue Diver course - right through to the Divemaster program. 

Going on to complete his Instructor Development Course with PADI Course Director Andrew Redfern, Fiu has remained a PADI Professional.  Utilising his skills for over 30 years at the University of the South Pacific, he was promoted in 2000 to the position of Dive Officer and now - a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer - he continues to work at the USP. 

Congratulations on 20 years as a PADI Pro Fiu, and thank you for your loyalty over the years.   


Fiu Manueli receives his 20 Year Membership Award from PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Ian Cumming.






July, 2012   Trip Advisor Logo

Diving in Fiji   


 PADI Dive Resort, Matava wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 


KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS.  Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort have recently been  acknowledged by TripAdvisor as a recipient of their Certificate of Excellence Award, making this the third consecutive time they have been awarded this accolade.  

This prestigious award is presented to establishments who consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.   In order to qualify, businesses must maintain on overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five.  Less than 10 percent of accommodations on TripAdvisor are awarded the Certificate of Excellence.  

Stuart Gow, Director at Matava – Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort was delighted to receive the award. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable eco-resort experience and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”   

Matava is not only a PADI Dive Resort, but also a Project AWARE GoEco Operator. With more than 12 year experience in the Fiji Islands, Matava is recognised as a leading educational dive centre.  



December, 2011

Diving in Fiji  

 FIRST SOLOMON ISLANDER becomes a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor  

Dellington Bare first donned SCUBA on 18 September 2006, when Solomon Dive Adventures, under the tutelage of PADI Instructor Lisa Choquette, opened its SCUBA school for Solomon Islanders, with the goal of training Islanders to operate their own SCUBA businesses.  It opened a whole new world to him and he continued through to become a PADI Divemaster. 

As Dellington became experienced in guiding and assisting in teaching, it became his goal to become a PADI Instructor himself.   Supported by a generous grant from  ASOP (Australian Sports Outreach Program), Dellington successfully completed his Emergency First Response Course, Instructor Development Course and from 25-27th November, the PADI Instructor Examination in Nadi, Fiji - realizing his dream. 

Says Lisa “I am just bursting with pride - this is just such a HUGE step forward for our project in achieving our goal of "Solomon Islanders teaching Solomon Islanders to dive".  Thank you so much to all involved for your help in this.” 

PADI Asia Pacific Instructor Examiner, Daniel Macherel reported that the candidates on the Fiji IE were mostly Island Nationals.  Together with Dellington from Solomon Islands were Fijian Nationals, Viliame B Fonolahi, Savenaca Nagataiwai, Isireli Tawake and Kim Bourke also from Fiji.


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