Garden Island Resort is situated on the waterfront of the Somosomo Strait only 15 minutes drive from the airport. The resort provides a quiet and relaxing stay in tropical surroundings with a pleasant outlook. There is no beach and the lagoon offshore is shallow and rocky, but the views from the poolside overlooking the Somosomo Straight towards Vanua Levu are stunning, especially at sunset.
Built in 1971, Garden Island Resort is the oldest and largest resort with 30 rooms on the beautiful island of Taveuni. The nicely renovated ocean view and ocean front spa suites, and the bar and dining area fitted with modern amenities offer the comforts of home while maintaining the friendly and high quality service Garden Island Resort is renowned for.
The private restaurant and bar features fine local and international cuisine with alfresco dining overlooking the large pool area. Afternoon tea and coffee are served with freshly baked goods. The resort also has it's own nature spa, tour desk, gift shop and on site dive operation with Nitrox. There is also a business centre and baby sitting facilities. An internet station is available for guests and WIFI internet is accessible in the bar, pool and lounge area.
The 15 well appointed Ocean View Suites are located upstairs. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and feature either a private balcony or patio with stunning views over the straits and nearby islands. Four of these rooms are inter-connecting, being ideal for families.
The 15 luxurious Oceanfront Spa Suites are larger with a private outdoor patio featuring a hot/cold spa plunge pool on the ground floor.
All rooms feature pillow top beds (a king or 2 twins), air-conditioning, ceiling fans, flat screen DVD players, mini-fridge, tea and French press coffee making facilities and modern
en-suites with hairdryers.
Include scuba diving, snorkeling, bushwalking & trekking, bird watching, golf, tennis, horse riding. Excursions and half-day tours can also be arranged to nearby traditional Fijian villages and local waterfalls.
From Garden Island Resort it is only a 10-20 minute boat ride to the famous dive sites of the Rainbow Reef. Reefs blaze with every colour of the rainbow, as multi-hued soft corals and fish feed in the tidal currents of the Somosomo Straits. Rainbow Reef is virtually untouched and features walls descending into great depths. With dives like the “Great White Wall” carpeted with electric white soft corals and “The Zoo”, big fish country – sharks, turtles, rays and schooling pelagics, you will find Taveuni a superb dive destination. The diving can be challenging due to the strong tidal currents.