Paradise Taveuni is owned and operated by Allan and Terri Gortan originally from Australia. Together with their dedicated Team of Fijian staff, they will strive to give you the BEST Vacation you have experienced.
Allan has been a Chef for the last 36 years, having worked in many Restaurants in Melbourne, the Whitsunday Islands and their home town on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Terri’s background is Hospitality, having worked in many Resorts in the Whitsunday Islands and all around Australia.
Allan and Terri were enticed to Fiji in early 2000 working in a larger Resort in Nadi for over 4 years. Here they both learned a great deal about the Hospitality and Resort Industry and decided to find a place to call their own. They were also able to adopt their three children, Jessica, Thomas and Cathy and they all moved to Taveuni to discover Paradise in 2006.
Paradise was transformed from a previously un-cared for hostel for budget travelers to its current 4 star glory over 10 years. Then, in February 2016, Paradise and the southern Island community of Taveuni was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston, a category 5 cyclone. Paradise was rebuilt and then re-opened in June 2016 and is now back to its former glory with many improvements such as air conditioned rooms, new dive shop with the best dive boat in the north and new dining Bures scattered across the oceanfront for Guests to enjoy the panoramic ocean views.
Paradise Taveuni is located north of Vuna village at the southern end of Taveuni, one of the island’s most beautiful areas. Set on 5 acres of elevated oceanfront land, Paradise offers impressive sea and sunset views and many strategically placed hammocks and sun lounges from which to enjoy them. Paradise offers 16 brand new air conditioned accommodation choices, including 5 Deluxe Oceanfront Bures, 5 Oceanview Bures, and 6 Deluxe Oceanfront Vales. Paradise and its wonderful staff present you a great look into Fijian culture and the wonderful mystic islands of Fiji. Allan and Terri take pride in their work and their Paradise and enjoy greeting and meeting their Guests from all over the world. Jessica, Thomas and Cathy attend primary school on the island and enjoy the company of their local Fijian friends most weekends. They also love to play with the Resort’s younger Guests and their 3 dogs, Beethoven, Brownie, and Bella.
Much of Taveuni’s coastline is rugged and set against some of Fiji’s highest peaks. Des Voeux Peak reaches up 1195m and the cloud shrouded Mt Uluiqalau, at 1241m, is country’s second highest summit, offering some of the best views in Fiji and making Taveuni a great hiking destination. Covered in coconut trees, Taveuni is known for being the Garden Island of Fiji because of the abundance of its flora. About 60 percent of the land is Tropical Rainforest, and the volcanic soil makes Taveuni one of Fiji’s most fertile areas. While the northeast of Taveuni is fringed by reefs, the southwest has deep water close to shore. Taveuni, free from poisonous snakes and spiders, is a bird watchers dream as well. With Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef just a short boat ride away, Paradise Taveuni offers you some of the best diving in the world. Fiji, known for being the soft coral capital of the world, will give you some of the most memorable dives of your life exploring astounding soft corals and diverse marine life, all on the world-famous Somosomo Strait. With over 40 sites on hand, Paradise offers divers like The Great White Wall, Orgasm, The Zoo and many more dive sites that you will reminisce on for the rest of your life.