Imagine: a white sandy beach, palm trees, a light ocean breeze, you in a hammock. no roads, no discos, no noise – pure nature, indulgence and one of the top dive sites in the world. You found magic!Dolphin Bay Divers Retreat is located on a former coconut plantation in a small bay surrounded by a white sandy beach and rainforest. We are on Vanua Levu, just off Taveuni which has the advantage of being mere minutes away from all the dives sites on Fiji’s Rainbow Reef. Not a resort – an informal retreat, limited to a small number of guests. 4 bure and 4 Jungle Tents only. We have our own micro climate with very little rain and try to make as small a footprint as possible; our water comes from rainwater collection which is filtered for drinking water, power is a mixture between solar and generator with romantic tiki torches and lanterns in the evening to light your way home.
Enjoy Fiji’s Hospitality and wide smiles, its wild beauty yet affordable comfort. Watch the sun rise over the Somosomo Strait in the mornings from your ocean front accommodation. Choose between a cozy bamboo Bure and a homely Jungle Tent, something for every budget.
Wander to the dive shop after breakfast to explore the soft coral capital of the world. Our dive shop has everything you may need and if you are not diving yet, give this adventure a try with our experienced instructors.
There are numerous things to do if you still have the energy after diving, including getting pampered in our Matasawa beach SPA.
Enjoy sumptuous meals made from scratch with fresh local ingredients every day in our al fresco setting. Candle light dinner on the beach or a drink from the bar …..
You found Magic – where the most difficult decision is where to nap: bed, beach or hammock?
Room typesAll of our accommodation, 4 bure and 4 Jungle Tents, are oceanfront and spread out for privacy. They have solar lights, daily maid and nightly turn down service. The bure are built from bamboo and hardwood by our local villagers and feature tin roofs for water collection. For you flashpackers, just give the Jungle Tents a try! Pure Fiji sundries are provided for your indulgence.
Manta & Turtle Bure
Are situated about 9 meters off the beach with private bathroom, shower and a small veranda with a hammock.
Queen size bed, high quality mattress and comfy sheets let you sleep like a rock.
Octopus & Seahorse Bure
Are situated about 12 meters off the beach and in addition to the Queen size bed they also have a single bed.
Nemo & Starfish Jungle Tent
Are about 7 meters off the beach with a small veranda and shared bathroom and shower. Double bed, high quality mattress and comfy sheets make you feel like home.
Coral & Whale Jungle Tent
are also about 5 meters off the beach, they are just a bit smaller and have either double or single beds.
- 24 Hour Reception/Concierge
- Airport Shuttle
- ATM Machine
- Baby sitter
- Courier Service
- Electrical adapters
- Event Planning
- Ferry Service (Boat)
- Foreign exchange
- Gift Shop
- Guest Laundry/Valet Service
- Luggage Storage
- Musical And Cultural Entertainment
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Room Service
- Tour Desk/Activities Office
- Wedding Facilities
Our activitiesFREE Activities:
hike up the mountain, swim, snorkel, use the Stand up Paddle boards (my tip: do it when the water is VERY flatJ) crab racing, coconut bowling, nature herbal walks, pilates…..too many to list!
We are happy to include your favourites in your quote upon inquiry:
Scuba Diving, Snorkel Trips, Dive Course, Sunset Cruises, SPA, Kioa Island Visit, Lavena Coastal Walk, Bouma National Heritage Park, Horse Riding, Bird Watching, Rainforest Walks….let us know what you like….
- Beach Volleyball
- Coconut husking
- Crab racing
- Cultural lessons
- Guided walks/tours
- Kava ceremony
- Musical And Cultural Entertainment
DiningDining under the stars, candle light dinners on the beach, al fresco on the veranda or room service, you decide where you want to eat. If you want to lose weight though this may not be the place for youJ as snacks are available all day. Our chefs have been with us for more than 10 years providing daily surprises made from fresh, locally grown ingredients. Mostly organic – we cater for different dietary needs and preferences. Cecil, our local fisherman provides us with ocean delights, my favourite, seared AHI or Wahoo (King’s Mackerel) in lolo (coconutmilk) and Chocolate-Rum Mud Cake…..no calories, I promiseJ
Check out the Babale Beach Bar, try the homemade Bailey’s and watch Lily the turtle go by…..
EventsWeddings & Honeymoons
Just say yes; we will ake care of the rest! Imagine an affordable wedding on the beach. Champagne reception, lovo feast - no stress!
Renew your vows, celebrate your birthday, get the whole retreat for a private affair!
Women dive retreats
Truly relaxing and rejuvenating! Combine the amazing underwater experience with Pilates and yoga, a hike to the top of the mountain to watch the sun rise over the Somosomo Strait, a pampering body treatment in our beach SPA and healthy, delicious meals! All women instructors or guides leave your daily routine behind……
Do it all
Dive into the stunning underwater world from the retreat, then spend some time in our Guest House in the south of Taveuni; enjoy the old Fijian sagas, indulge in Simmi’s authentic Indian meals on the veranda Finish your stay in our 2 bedromm self contained bungalow overlooking the ocean in Taveuni’s North, close to restaurants, Lavena and Bouma.
Scuba DivingExplore Fiji’s wild underwater beauty. Nutrient rich currents flowing through the Somosomo Strait make for one of the top dive sites in the world; colorful fish life, healthy reefs and amazing soft corals. We are off Taveuni so the boat rides are only 5-10 minutes to 20+ sites.
Our PADI dive shop is just a minutes’ walk from your bure, and has everything you need including professional staff and equipment. Not diving yet? give this adventure a try. No boring pool work! Do your skills and first dives right off the beach,check out our beautiful house reef. Yes, we teach in German as well.
Two boats equipped according to the latest safety standards, take you out for a 2 tank dive in the morning. Small groups, individual attention, more than 15 years diving experience in the area will make it unforgettable. The short boat rides make for convenient surface intervals back at the retreat. Can’t get enough? No problem, afternoon,-shore and night dives are available.
Matasawa Beach SPADolphin Bay Divers Retreat features Matasawa Beach SPA. Nestled in a thatched bure, directly facing the beach you have landed in heaven! Enjoy relaxing massages, coconut wraps, rainforest rubs, facials, hot bamboo massage, manicures and pedicures. You can get a couples massage or a chair massage, whichever you choose you will feel like born again! of course we also have gift certificates for THAT special occasion!
Kioa Island VisitJoin us for a rare visit to Kioa Island. The island was bought in 1947 by people from Tuvalu and up to today still practise their own customs and speak their own language. Visits have to be approved by the chiefly counsil but you are welcomed with open arms. All villagers gather for a traditional Fatelle performance. You will get goose bumps listening to the drums and the singing and will want to join in. Tour the school and village and bring home some of the traditional handicrafts. An experience of a life time!
ContactStunning coral reefs, small dotted islands with white beaches, just get your camera out and take pictures! 90 minutes from Nadi and 45 minutes from Suva, it is truly worth the extra effort!
Fiji Airways provides daily flights from Nadi, Northern Air and Fiji Airways also fly from Suva. Starting March Inter Island Airways will give you an additional choice. Personally, I love the ferry as well. The Lomaiviti Princess goes from Suva via Savusavu to Taveuni twice a week. The cabin is comfortable and when you wake up you can see the Garden Island of Fiji – Taveuni! On the boat ride over from Taveuni you already get to enjoy the amazing soft corals and may be the dolphins will be your escort!
POBox 213 Waiyevo Taveuni