An interesting bit of marine biology related to Fiji

An interesting bit of marine biology related to Fiji

As I was perusing the dark reaches of the internet for interesting bits of science and I came across this interesting paper that was recently published:

Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs (link here).

While it seems self evident, we now have some interesting evidence from Fiji that this fear of sharks (by fish) can have a pretty significant impact on coral ecosystems.  Why is this a big deal?  Well, it turns out that we don’t actually know that much about how sharks actually shape the ecosystems they live in, and this may be an important first step in understanding the impact sharks have on the health of a reef.  Cool beans!

A Nice Day of Diving

Our resort manager Hal, wanted to share pictures of a nice day of diving on the Rainbow Reef:  

A stellar day of diving with Dive Master Alfred and Boat Captain Nio. We did a drift along Rainbows End, where we saw several white tip reef sharks, including a pregnant female, and an enormous Napoleon Wrasse lunching on the reef. His entourage of groupers were picking up the leftovers. Surface interval was at the stunning Waitaitavi beach, where three of our divers were staying. Back out to the reefs for dive two, we dove Barracuda Hole and saw one barracuda, several more sharks, and a small hawksbill turtle. The colors were impossible to describe and photos don't do justice to the reef and the island scenery! 

Captain Nio headed out to Barracuda Hole.

Captain Nio headed out to Barracuda Hole.

Dive Master Alfred thinking about snacks at surface interval.

Dive Master Alfred thinking about snacks at surface interval.

Picking up guests from Waitaitavi is a nice change of pace, and a perfect place to have surface interval.

Picking up guests from Waitaitavi is a nice change of pace, and a perfect place to have surface interval.

Fooling around at surface interval.

Fooling around at surface interval.

Consider completing this survey of the sustainability of Fiji’s coral reefs

Hi Everyone, Geologist Fred here!

Maja Vinde Folkersen asked us to post a link to her survey supporting research in sustainability and climate change in the South Pacific. She is a PhD student in Australia. I took her survey, and she’d like you all to consider taking it as well.

Want the quick and dirty story, then here is a link to her survey: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfScZt8kl2d0mrF69N2uhtq75FkFg9Xz6CfEsXmrfFJpbs1kw/viewform?c=0&w=1

Great White Wall Schedule Through mid-2017

Great White Wall Schedule Through mid-2017

The Great White Wall presents the diver with a spectacular opportunity missing from other sites in Fiji. We dive this signature site only a few days each month. If you want more information about the great white wall, go check out the Taveuni Dive Resort dive guide.  If you want to know when we are planning visits to the great white wall just check out the schedule.

Hey Everybody, Good News -- We're Safe and Still Open!

Hi, this is Divemaster Fred, Chief Adventure Officer of Taveuni Dive Resort. Please stand by for an important announcement!

I'm armchair management while the important people are offline dealing with this little thing called Cyclone #Winston. Read below the fold for an update on our resort status, where to find the best updates I can provide, and how to ask me those important question you all have. Yes that is me, I had a nap once.

A few thoughts on Sustainability and Tropical Cyclone Winston

Wow, it's been a while since we've posted anything, and I decide to fix that during a Cat 5 Tropical Cyclone.  For those of you interested, the coolest site for watching progress is over here at: https://www.windyty.com/?-16.952,-179.769,6.

You can also get official updates here at Fiji Met: http://www.met.gov.fj/current_warnings.php.

So grocery shopping is done, shutters are up, and the boats are pulled.  We'll let you know how things go.  Naturally, I'm here in the US, so we'll ask Jon, Muriel, and maybe Heather (our world famous guest) who is currently staying at the resort, for some cool pictures.

The dive boats all tucked in for a Tropical Cyclone.

The dive boats all tucked in for a Tropical Cyclone.

I've also promised the folks over at Blue Certified a post describing why we have decided to certify the sustainability of our resort through their organization.  That should post in the next day or so. 

- Fred out.

obligatory hashtags: #TDR, #BlueCertified, #TCWinston 

SUPER GRAND OPENING!!!! FIJI P.M. VISITS TAVEUNI DIVE RESORT!!!!

SUPER GRAND OPENING!!!! FIJI P.M. VISITS TAVEUNI DIVE RESORT!!!!

The Honorable Prime Minister - Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainmarama pictured with Carl and Muriel Fox - the Owners / Directors of Taveuni Dive Resort during the Prime Minister Grand Opening speech. He talked about economic growth, diving, tourism, and sustainability (eco-friendly). He was duly impressed with the resorts solar system which powered the resort throughout the night with no generator!

Dinner and the Olo

Well, things are going pretty well here at the Taveuni Dive Resort.  First, we'd like to show you some nice pictures Karen took of the restaurant being prepared for dinner.  Can you imagine yourself sharing a meal in this setting?

I hear it from the guests that dinner was quite tasty.

I hear it from the guests that dinner was quite tasty.

The view from the restaurant looking out over the pool.

The view from the restaurant looking out over the pool.

The pool.  In the distance are the tennis courts of Soqulu Country Club

The pool.  In the distance are the tennis courts of Soqulu Country Club

Another view of the pool.  The infinity edge and the sound of the water recirculating is a nice addition to a meal on the terrace.

Another view of the pool.  The infinity edge and the sound of the water recirculating is a nice addition to a meal on the terrace.

View of the dining area from Bure Number 1.

View of the dining area from Bure Number 1.

The bridge and Olo. The Olo is a semi-private area to gather, discuss the latest gossip from the coconut wireless, and enjoy the views offered by the landscape.

The bridge and Olo. The Olo is a semi-private area to gather, discuss the latest gossip from the coconut wireless, and enjoy the views offered by the landscape.

Another view of the built-in benches on the Olo.

Another view of the built-in benches on the Olo.

Site Changes

Site Changes

We're Open.  Jonny Wilkins, a local resident has helped with beautiful new pictures you can check out in our new gallery. More photos of adventures, diving, and the resort grounds will be added in the coming days.  If you're good, we may even add video.  I'll work harder if you send me brownies.  Otherwise, Joanette and I will see you at DEMA.