How to become a certified diver on your holiday in Fiji

Fiji has truly earned its place as the soft coral capital of the world, and here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we love giving our guests the opportunity to explore this underwater paradise in all its glory. That's why we offer a range of diving courses and certifications for those looking to make the most of these stunning surroundings.

If you're ready to strap on a snorkel and flip those fins, discover how you can get certified while on your Fijian holiday.

Make a splash on your Fijian holiday

You don't have to be a diving extraordinaire to partake in our world-renowned diving courses. Our instructors are qualified to deal with guests of all skill levels – even beginners. So, if you're new to diving but want to learn the best practices amongst professionals in a safe and controlled environment, you've come to the right place.

Our snorkelling course with certification is just one of many beginner diving courses on offer at our luxury resort. Here, guests will learn the essential basics such as how to use your fins, mask, snorkel and all skin diving equipment, and understand safe skin diving practices. Our in-water training will teach you how to use your equipment, enter the water, check buoyancy and how to perform effortless surface dives, along with other necessary must-dos.

What marine life will you encounter while snorkelling in Fiji?There's an underwater paradise waiting for you to explore.

Are you ready to become a certified diver?

If you're no stranger to snorkelling or scuba diving, why not take your passion for the deep sea to the next level? The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is proud to host the world-recognised PADI course for those looking to gain a reputable qualification in this field. The PADI course is the most popular scuba course around the world, enabling you to dive with a buddy to a maximum depth of 18 metres and rent dive equipment anywhere in the world!

Participants will learn how to use basic scuba equipment, control a device and tank, navigate, and how to safely enter and exit the water. The course is three to five days long, during which time you'll partake in a range of dives to ensure you're ready to become a competent diver. 

The PADI course is the most popular scuba course around the world.

How Fiji earned its name as the soft coral capital of the world

With picture-perfect turquoise waters spanning as far as the eye can see, and a kaleidoscope of colour beneath the shimmering surface, there's no denying the allure of the South Pacific. Below the waves, visitors can swim amongst 1000 species of tropical fish and 400 varieties of coral life – all just a stones throw from the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. With such ideal diving conditions and a fantastic array of marine life to view, there's no better winner for the prestigious title of 'soft coral capital of the world.'

There's truly no better place to gain a diving certificate than at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. If you're ready to take the plunge, speak to a member of staff to see how you can get involved. 

What is a traditional Fijian kava ceremony?

Fiji is a country brimming with fascinating history, ancient traditions and a vibrant culture that we're endlessly proud to embody here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

The kava ceremony is just one of the time-honoured practises held at our five star luxury resort. But just what can you expect from this world-renowned ritual?

Find out what a kava ceremony involves below.

What is kava?

Kava is a traditional, non-alcoholic Fijian drink made from the ground root of the piper mythisticum – a type of black pepper plant grown in the Pacifics. It contains a number of natural active chemicals known as kava lactones. These have been found to produce a number of effects such as muscle relaxation, medicinal benefits and a slight numbing sensation – all of which are safe if consumed in moderation.

Upon harvest, kava is ground and mixed with water to dilute the substance for safe consumption. It's then strained to deliver an earthy flavour and appearance, ready for drinking at special events and ceremonial occasions.

Are you ready to experience a kava ceremony?Kava plants can grow up to 2.5 metres tall!

What happens in a traditional kava ceremony?

Kava is often consumed as part of a tradtional ceremony at local Fijian villages. If you're lucky enough to join, there are a few rules you must adhere to. Before entering a village, visitors must first gain formal permission from the chief. This traditional protocol is otherwise known as sevusevu and involves the presentation of kava to the village chief on arrival.

When joining our complimentary excursion to the local village of Nukubalavu, the sevusevu is done on your behalf. If you do meet the chief during this visit, it's important to stay below his eye level to avoid causing disrespect. Always bow, introduce yourself and back away without turning away.

When accepting this traditional Fijian drink, clap once with cupped hands, take the drink, and consume the entirety of it. Once finished, return the cup to the person who gave it to you and clap strongly three times. You may feel a slight numbing sensation on your tongue, but kava is considered very safe to drink in small quantities. However, if you are on any type of medication or are of ill-health, we suggest politely declining this drink. If this is the case, extend both hands outwards with your thumbs overlapping and say 'vinaka', which means no thank you. 

You may feel a slight numbing sensation on your tongue, but kava is considered very safe to drink in small quantities.

How the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort can bring you closer to the action

Guests of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort can partake in a traditional kava ceremony most evenings and when joining our complimentary excursion to the local village of Nukubalavu.

We're extremely proud of our heritage and work to practise various traditional Fijian traditions wherever possible. Guests can experience a cultural lovo feast, take part in a Fijian story-telling session and of course, immerse yourself in the unforgettable kava ceremony. Discover a world of culture and tradition when staying at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.  

Plan your perfect Valentine’s Day in Fiji this year

It's the most romantic time of the year – a day created to celebrate love in its purest form. If you're lucky enough to spend Valentine's Day at our luxury five-star resort, you and your loved one can expect a day filled with nothing but relaxation and romance in paradise.

Here are just a few things you can expect to experience on Valentine's Day at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

How will you celebrate Valentine's Day at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort?Are you ready to create a Valentine's Day to remember?

Picnic on a private island

Share a Valentine's Day you'll never forget on your very own private paradise island. That's right, not only can you soak in the serenity of our resort's stunning surroundings, you can also take romance to the next level by hiring our very own Naviavia Island. With just the swaying palms, balmy breezes and shimmering sea around you, they'll be nothing getting in the way of what will be your most memorable Valentine's Day to date.

Whether you choose to snorkel, sunbathe or revel in one another's company, once we've dropped you off by boat, you're free to enjoy this breathtaking island however you wish. And of course, we won't leave you empty handed. There are options to indulge in a specially prepared picnic with chilled champagne – the cherry on top of a perfect day in paradise.

We are the only five-star Fiji resort to offer this incredible opportunity, so don't miss out!

Hire your own private island at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Take your romance to new levels this Valentine's Day.

Spa treatments for two

Picture this: you're laying side by side with your loved one and the ocean breeze is softly soothing your sun-kissed skin. You feel the tender touch of hypnotic hands make their way across your back, all while inhaling intoxicating blends of coconut oil and mint. 

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is renowned for its indulgent South Pacific spa treatments. We practise traditional remedies and therapies throughout our luxurious range of treatments, and only use natural ingredients sourced locally. This Valentine's Day, be sure to treat yourself and your other half to one of our treatments and prepare to leave rejuvenated and relaxed. 

Diving date

Are you keen to make waves this Valentine's Day? Swap the suits and sparkles for a snorkel and flippers and get ready to experience the magic of the South Pacific ocean. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is located just a stone's throw away from some of the world's best snorkelling and diving spots, including the Namena Marine Reserve. Get ready to witness some of the 1000 species of tropical fish and 400 types of colourful coral that live in this underwater paradise – all with your loved one in tow.

Sharing unforgettable moments like these with your significant other is what Valentine's Day is all about, and here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we're proud to lend a helping hand wherever possible. For more information on how we can create the holiday of your dreams, get in touch with the team today.