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SWISS FIJI DIVERS – the best equipped, most reliable dive operation in the entire Fiji Islands and Fiji’s # One 5 star dive center. Even Nitrox is available here.

SWISS FIJI DIVERS AND THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF TAVEUNI

With an area of 470 square kilometers Taveuni is the third-largest of the 300 Fiji islands after Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Its fertile soils gave rise to the name the Garden Island. Like much of Taveuni the 1300 meters extinct volcano Uluiqalau is thickly carpeted with rainforest. Here and elsewhere on the island you’ll find the unique Tagimaucia flower for which Taveuni is famous. Most of the Fiji Islands’ bird species can also be seen here.

Taveuni straddles the 180 degree meridian and is separated from Vanua Levu by the Somosomo Strait, rich in world class dive sites. Dive the amazing Rainbow Reef, The Great White Wall, The Purple Wall, The Ledge, The Zoo, The Fish Factory and countless others. All these spots are just a short boat ride from Swiss Fiji Divers’ base.

Minutes from the island’s tiny Matei Airport, serviced daily by flights from Nadi International Airport and from the capital, Suva, is the white sandy beach where Swiss Fiji Divers has its first-class dive center, owned and personally operated by Dominique Egerter, diving for 30 years all over the world, and Evi Antonietti.

The center has been set up to the highest world standards and uses only best dive equipment and rental gear. Our dive boats have been purpose built for diving and offer plenty of room for gearing up.

And accommodation? Close by are several choices from budget to 4-star.

Diving

Swiss Fiji Divers ensures that you always dive in a safe and relaxed atmosphere, led by professional guides and instructors. Certified divers are required to present their certification card and preferably their logbook also.

  • 2-tank boat dives in the morning
  • 1-tank and 2-tank boat dives in the afternoon
  • Night dives
  • 3-dive day trips with lunch
  • Nitrox diving
  • Guided photography and video dives

Courses

All courses are available in English, German or French, we offer certifications from the following agencies: TDI, SSI, NAUI, PADI.

  • Dive courses from Open Water Diver to Divemaster
  • Discover Scuba Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy and other specialities
  • Nitrox certifications

Swiss Fiji Divers specialities

  • EFR & DAN Oxygen Provider courses for divers and non-divers
  • Basic and advanced underwater photography and video courses
  • Marine biology for divers and non-divers
  • Other subjects on request

Dive Sites

The Somosomo Strait is rightly world famous for its astonishing variety of soft corals. But you will also encounter a huge array of spectacular reef fish including the blue ribbon eel. Look closer and you‘ll discover all kinds of nudibranch. Look around and come face to face with large groupers, sharks, sea snakes, turtles and manta rays.

The Great White Wall

At the beginning of the dive you swim through a tunnel which has two exits, the first exit at 10 m/30 ft, the second one at 27 m/88 ft. Swimming through this tunnel you come face to face with hundreds of goggle-eye fish. Once you are out of the tunnel, bringing you alongside the wall where the soft corals are found in dense concentrations below 15m/50 ft down to 80 m/240 ft. The soft corals are lavender in colour, but due to the depth we have a result of a pale white glow, giving itself the name “The Great White Wall”.

The Small White Wall

Explore a classic coral reef from 8 m/25 ft down to 30 m/100 ft and on the way, under an overhang at 10 m/30 ft stop to enjoy a wall covered in the same white soft corals found on the Great White Wall. Continue on down keeping one eye on the blue for sharks and other large pelagics. Afterwards spend your safety stop surrounded by huge schools of bright blue and gold fusilier fish.

The Ledge

Visitors rate this site, a coral pinnacle beginning at 5 m/15 ft and dropping down to 90 -100 m/270 – 300 ft, second only to the Great White Wall. The big attraction is an overhang alive with different coloured soft corals and home to a pair of lion fish. The friendly golden damselfish and clown fish here will come right up to your mask and look in! The pinnacle abounds with trigger fish and other reef fish of almost every kind. Look beyond the wideband fusiliers hovering all around and again, peer into the blue for passing sharks and schools of tuna.

Jack’s Place

This site has something for everyone. A reef rich in unspoilt hard corals at depths from 7 m/20 ft to 25 m/75 ft it also has a small wall, falling away to 45 m/135 ft on which your diveguide will point out moray eels, lion fish and stone fish. At 25 m/75 ft there‘s a white sandy plateau alive with garden eels softly swaying with the currents like blades of grass. You may even discover a white tip reef shark or two taking a nap. Back up top say hello to the palette surgeon fish which is found only on this dive site.

The Fish Factory

This reef is absolutely brimming with tropical fish of every size, shape, pattern and colour. Beginning at 10 -12 m/30 – 35 ft it drops to 60 – 70 m/180 – 210 ft. Along its wall you will meet schools of bannerfish, plus golden damselfish and blue and gold fusiliers in their hundreds. On top of the reef titan triggerfish may be seen biting and moving dead coral to build nests in which to lay their eggs.

Rainbow’s End

The main attraction here is soft corals in all the colours of the rainbow. From 7 – 9 m/21 – 28 ft the reef drops down to a white sandy bottom at 20 m/60 ft. The reef is alive with nudibranchs of all kinds, sea anemones, brittle stars and moray eels. There are hundreds of fish species including groupers, big Napoleon wrasse, schools of surgeonfish and many different types of parrot fish. Rainbow’s End is a dream of a dive, and of course it’s not the end at all. This and the other dives we have described are just a start. Join us at Swiss Fiji Divers and see all these and more!

Dive Boats

Swiss Fiji Divers provides an exceptional service.

Our boats are equipped with radio, echo sounder and GPS. They also carry a full set of professional safety and rescue equipment including a DAN oxygen kit.

“EGI ONE”
(launched September 1999)

Our 12-meter aluminium catamaran powered by two inboard engines with jets, not propellers. In the cabin is a toilet, a small galley.The large covered dive deck has plenty of room for 12 divers and all their dive gear plus any other equipment. You can even take a fresh water shower on board. Water entry is simple – step off the platform and you’re in. A wide ladder makes reboarding just as easy – slip off your fins and stroll on up.

“MOORISH IDOL”
(launched May 2000)

A fast 8.2-meter aluminium half cabin boat powered by one 4stroke 225hp outboard engine. Takes up to 8 divers.

Dive Equipment

Swiss Fiji Divers is a professional dive operation of the highest world standard. The dive center is equipped with only best diving and other rental gear:

  • MARES ABYSS regulators
  • ALADIN AIR computer consoles from UWATEC, calibrated in both meters/bar and feet/PSI
  • SEAQUEST BCDs with alternate air source and integrated weights
  • QUALITY snorkels, masks and fins. On request we rent masks with corrective lenses
  • OCEAN REEF full face masks
  • DEVPEIN and TREBLE-LIGHT underwater lights to show our coral reefs in their true colours
  • QUALITY 5 mm wetsuits, made here in the Fiji Islands
  • 12 lt (80 cu.ft) TANKS with INT-connections and DIN-adapters
  • BAUER K14 compressor
  • TORPEDO underwater scooters

Accommodation

Maravu Plantation Beach Resort & Spa

16 deluxe bures and 4 oceanview villas with all amenities set in a plantation, swimming pool, private beach, local and international cuisine at the restaurant.

Only a 2 minutes walk away from Swiss Fiji Divers. Individual dive packages and special offers for dive groups available.

Maravu’s newest, finest and largest Bure is also it’s most unique. The Treehouse is situated at treetop level, amongst an ancient Rain Tree, with spectacular view.

Taveuni Palms

Luxurious all inclusive, private beachfront retreat with a 2-bedroom house and a private bure (total up to 6 guests).

Karin’s Garden

Comfortable bure with two rooms, each with private facilities, self-contained kitchen.

Makaira by the Sea

Two luxury bures with all amenties incl. Kitchenette set on a beautiful location with panoramic views.

Matei Pointe

Main house (3 bedrooms) and 3 self-contained bures, private beach.

Bibi’s Hideway

Six simple but nice and clean bures set on a family run plantation. Cooking facilities.

Dive Rates

DIVING

2-TANK DIVE
NIGHT DIVE (incl. spotlight), minimum of 2 divers
OTHERS

DIVING/COURSES

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING (incl. equipment)
OPEN WATER DIVER (full scuba certification, incl. equipment)
OWD REFERRAL (incl. equipment)
ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER
NITROX DIVER
DAN OXYGEN PROVIDER
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE

DIVE PACKAGES

3 DIVE DAYS (2 morning dives per day)
4 DIVE DAYS (2 morning dives per day)
5 DIVE DAYS (2 morning dives per day)
6 DIVE DAYS (2 morning dives per day)

RENTAL EQUIPMENT PER DAY

REGULATOR incl. ALADIN AIR COMPUTER
BCD incl. AIR SOURCE and INTEGRATED WEIGHTS
WETSUIT

News

PADI = Professional Association of Diving Instructors

This tells you very clearly that PADI is solely a dive training/education association, and has nothing to do with recreational dive trips, there are no standards , but just recommendations. Most people are overlooking this fact.

PADI Dive Center does not necessarily stand for “better service”, “higher quality” and “safer diving”, the main condition to become a PADI Dive Center or a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Dive Center is that you pay their fees, and that you do a certain number of certifications per year, which means more money for PADI.

PADI = Put Another Dollar In

In 2003 Dominique Egerter, part-owner and managing director of Swiss Fiji Divers, had a stroke and had never recovered completely. After several check-ups in 2005, Dominique had been announced 100% disabled. That is why he did not renew his teaching status for 2006, and he handed over the full management to his partner, Eva Antonietti. In July 2006 Dominique also resigned his membership with PADI, however PADI Asia Pacific, owned by PADI Worldwide/USA, did not accept it.

In August 2006 PADI Asia Pacific then expelled our dive center and Dominique Egerter.

They accused us with non-compliance of the new material standard (for all dive courses you have to sell the books to the students, you may not rent them out anymore), which came into force at 1 January 2006. This standard has absolutely nothing to do with safety or quality! But it means more money for PADI.

PADI = Put Another Dollar In

PADI was not able at all to prove these allegations against us.

Following the extract from the Instructor Manual re. expulsion:

Expelled Status

PADI Members may be expelled as result of a Quality Assurance decision, when their overall conduct is considered to be harmful to public safety or is deemed detrimental to the dive profession, the PADI organisation and other PADI Members, and resolution is not reasonably possible. A Member who is no longer a PADI Member and cannot represent himself as a PADI Member, teach PADI courses or certify PADI Divers, and does not receive any membership benefits. The name of an expelled member is published in The Undersea Journal and on the PADI website. Examples of action that may result in an expulsion include:

  • Willfully and repeatedly violating PADI Standards and/or compromising the safety of students in training.
  • Wrongfully discrediting the PADI organization, officers, staff, and members.
  • Attempting to deliberately damage the PADI organization and PADI Members’ abilities to prove instructional programs or conduct business.

Because the expulsions of Swiss Fiji Divers and Dominique Egerter are absolutely unjustified punishments, our lawyers in the USA are working on the claim against PADI. We shall show and prove the truth about PADI, how PADI employees and PADI Quality Management members are unhonest and are wrongfully acting against PADI members.

Here just one example: Ian Cumming, Regional Manager PADI Asia Pacific, said in front of six witnesses that “every PADI dive instructor is a liar”! The answer from PADI Asia Pacific and PADI Worldwide/USA to our complaint: “…., the committee could find nothing to corroborate this complaint…..”

With the way how PADI is just grabbing money, they are indirectly putting divers’ life at risk. Again, PADI does not mean quality and safety, it only means

Put Another Dollar In

More and more divers choose other dive training associations for their dive experiences, i.e. NAUI, SSI, TDI/SDI, CMAS and others, all worldwide recognised too. If you like to get more information about these associations, please send us an email.

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