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 40 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 2 children, Jessica & Thomas. They all moved to Taveuni to discover Paradise in 2006.
Paradise was transformed from a previously un-cared for hostel for budget travelers toone the most popular Dive Resorts in Fiji. 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. All rooms have been again fully refurbished in 2019, with many improvements such as air conditioning in all 16 rooms, new dive shop on site with 2 dive boats, new dining areas scattered across the oceanfront for Guests to enjoy the panoramic ocean views.
The newest additions to Paradise have been the 2 new Luxury Oceanfront Bures with Deluxe Tub and Private Diving Vale. With only 2 of these new Luxury Rooms, they are hard to book – who doesn’t want the very best when they travel to Fiji?
Paradise Taveuni is currently open to domestic travellers and yachts during the COVID 19 pandemic. All facilities are open and operating as usual. Sadly we have not been able to welcome many Guests since March 2020 and we have had to let most of our staff go. We do have around 10 staff currently helping us in Paradise. We, like many others in the same position, are struggling financially, however we are still here and our goal is to diversify our business to allow us to survive. Currently we are selling our Farm Fresh eggs to the local Taveuni people. We have started up Paradise Pork and Chef Allen is producing delicious bacon and pork products, once again selling to the Taveuni people. We are about to open Paradise Bakery in mid Feb 2021 and hope to be able to supply fresh baked goods to the South Taveuni people.
We intend to stay in Paradise and wait out this pandemic so that we can welcome our many Guests and Friends that have postponed and rescheduled their Paradise Vacations until travel is again an option. We thank all of you have chosen to postpone and reschedule your Paradise Vacation. It will be worth the wait!
If you would like to know more about Paradise Taveuni and the Gortan Family, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
Paradise Taveuni is located in the south west of Taveuni Island, 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 air conditioned accommodation choices, including 2 new Luxury Oceanfront Bures, 3 Deluxe Oceanfront Bures, 2 Oceanview Bures, 3 Oceanview Family Bures with 2 bedrooms and 6 Oceanfront Vales. Paradise and our wonderful staff offer a unique look into Fijian culture and the magical mystical islands of Fiji. We take great pride in our work and our Resort and we enjoy greeting and meeting their Guests from all over the world. Jessica, Thomas, Cathy and Sikeli attend the nearby school and enjoy the company of their local Fijian friends most weekends. They also love to play with the Resort’s younger Guests and their dogs, Beethoven, Brownie, Bella and Betty.
Much of the Taveuni 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 due to the abundance of its flora. Approximately 60 percent of the island is Tropical Rainforest and the volcanic soil makes Taveuni one of Fiji’s most fertile areas – hence the name ‘The Garden Island of Fiji”. 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 the world famous Rainbow Reef just a short boat ride away, Paradise offers you some of the best diving in the world. Fiji is known as “The Soft Coral Capital of the World” and here you will experience some of the most memorable dives of your life. Explore astounding soft corals and diverse marine life with the Paradise Dive Team. With over 40 sites on offer, you can dive ‘The Great White Wall’ – noted as one of the Top 10 Dives in the World, Orgasm, The Zoo, Fish Factory, Cabbage Patch and many more dive sites that you will recall for the rest of your life.