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.

Construction Progress Update #7

Progress is exciting as the exteriors of the bures begin to look finished, and work starts on the insides of the rooms and the Salty Fox.  The pool is beginning to really take shape.  Thanks again to Karen Robertson for all of the great pictures.

Once we removed the lava flow, the crew began forming up the rebar and iron for the walls.  Notice how nice and close the pool is to the resturant?

Once we removed the lava flow, the crew began forming up the rebar and iron for the walls.  Notice how nice and close the pool is to the resturant?

The construction of the pool has progressed nicely.  In this earlier picture you can see the forms in place.

The construction of the pool has progressed nicely.  In this earlier picture you can see the forms in place.

The front edge (towards the sea) is an infinity edge.  What a nice place to watch the sunset!

The front edge (towards the sea) is an infinity edge.  What a nice place to watch the sunset!

Floors have been poured inside the Salty Fox, and the concrete block is being set for the bar and interior walls.

Floors have been poured inside the Salty Fox, and the concrete block is being set for the bar and interior walls.

Someone has been having too much fun placing bits of coral and shells in the aggregate finish of the bures.

Someone has been having too much fun placing bits of coral and shells in the aggregate finish of the bures.

Needless to say, the aggregate finish is beginning to look really sharp.

Needless to say, the aggregate finish is beginning to look really sharp.

The view is looking pretty nice from the sleeping area of the bures.  The short wall show separates the bedroom from the lounge. You can also see how the framing is taking shape at the front of the bure.

The view is looking pretty nice from the sleeping area of the bures.  The short wall show separates the bedroom from the lounge. You can also see how the framing is taking shape at the front of the bure.

Now for something a little different.  How about a boat trip around the island of Taveuni?

Waves breaking over the reef at Vuna

Waves breaking over the reef at Vuna

That she blows!  I think this is the Vuna blowhole.  Someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

That she blows!  I think this is the Vuna blowhole.  Someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

The remaining two pictures are neat views of some of the secret waterfalls on the eastern side of Taveuni.

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Are you Coming to the Dreamweaver Show?

The Dreamweaver Travel Dive Show is just around the corner, and Muriel & Fred will be there to answer all of your questions about progress on the new Taveuni Dive Resort, working with Taveuni Dive, and what diving is like in Fiji.  Be sure to stop by and hear all of the latest news on September 13th and 14th!  Find out more at: http://www.dreamweaverdivetravel.com.  

In the mean time, I will post another construction update this weekend.  To tide you over till then, check out our new banners for the Dreamweaver show below the fold...

The first yacht makes a visit!

A major element of the Taveuni Dive Resort development is making a sound mooring for visiting yachts.  Several local folks were involved with the installation of two large mooring points off the Taveuni Estates Marina.  This will help encourage visiting yachts to use the Estates and our resort as a gateway to Taveuni.  Below are some pictures of the first yacht to use the new moorings, and of course they went to dive the Great White Wall with Taveuni Dive.

Thanks again to John for his guide services, and Karen for the killer pictures!

Taveuni Dive elevating door to door service to a new level.

Taveuni Dive elevating door to door service to a new level.

Construction Progress Update #1

We've shown you a few pictures on Facebook that Karen took, and I thought it might be fun to talk about them.  I really appreciate her help, and it helps she is a pretty fine photographer.

First,  we had to have Shah Construction bring in their heavy equipment from Savusavu on Vanua Levu.  Naturally the ferry was too expensive, so they brought goodies over on an inter- island freighter.  Below are a few cool pictures of the endeavor.  We've heard from a few friends at Aroha Taveuni that they started work pretty darn early/late (sorry!)

In the foreground is Shah Construction's cement mixer.  It will be very busy over the next few months.

In the foreground is Shah Construction's cement mixer.  It will be very busy over the next few months.

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Already to go!

Already to go!

It's official now!  Resorts and Peaches is on the way.  I've asked mom if the signature drink should be a fuzzy navel.  For those new to the business, the actual company name is Resorts and Beaches.

It's official now!  Resorts and Peaches is on the way.  I've asked mom if the signature drink should be a fuzzy navel.  For those new to the business, the actual company name is Resorts and Beaches.

Here you can see the construction crew laying out the foundations for the Salty Fox and the pool.  Check out the fresh sand that was quarried elsewhere on Taveuni.  They will also quarry aggregate on the Taveuni as well.  All this locally sourced material helps with our sustainability goals.

Here you can see the construction crew laying out the foundations for the Salty Fox and the pool.  Check out the fresh sand that was quarried elsewhere on Taveuni.  They will also quarry aggregate on the Taveuni as well.  All this locally sourced material helps with our sustainability goals.

Cutting the foundation for Bure #1.  These guys do very tidy work.

Cutting the foundation for Bure #1.  These guys do very tidy work.

Here the guys are beginning to layout the foundation for Bure #2.  We've adjusted some of the locations for the bures to maximize the views and privacy for our guests.  It is cool to think how fast the grass will grow back after the work is completed.

Here the guys are beginning to layout the foundation for Bure #2.  We've adjusted some of the locations for the bures to maximize the views and privacy for our guests.  It is cool to think how fast the grass will grow back after the work is completed.

Grand Opening Special

Grand Opening Special

We've been working on a great set of specials for our grand opening. Officially, we'll present these specials while pounding the streets at the Seattle Scuba and H2O Show, the A1 Dive ShowScuba Show in Long Beach, and DEMA in Vegas.  The special is available to retail sales for friends and fans. Finally, if you would like to book an event where we come and tell your shop or club about our resort, contact Fred.

How do You Design a Dive Resort?

How do You Design a Dive Resort?

Taveuni Dive Resort has been in the works for several years, starting as a set of rough sketches on graph paper. How did Carl and Muriel go from those sketches to a construction-ready project that will be opening this fall? They started with their experiences on Taveuni, observing what their guests wanted in their diving experience, and developing a set of principles to guide the design...