What is the best new activity to share as a family?

SCUBA stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It is possible to become trained in scuba diving and gain a globally recognized PADI certification, all within a family vacation.

You can learn the science and techniques of spending so much time underwater. You can swim with fish large and small, connect with the tranquility of Fiji’s tropical waters and broaden your understanding of how spectacular our planet is. There is a small amount of studying and a huge amount to talk about. This is an ideal activity to share with your nearest and dearest as they get older and start taking part in the world on their own.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort’s professional dive centre offers experienced  instructors catering to all of your needs at competitive prices. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort trains more divers in Fiji than any other resort. To take part you need to be at least 10 years of age. The most basic course is an Open Water Diver certification, and students younger than 15 years of age who complete the course become Junior Open Water Divers. For those who are 15 years of age and above, the full Open Water certification is something you can keep and use for the rest of your life and is recognized all over the globe.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort offers resident marine biologists to assist with expanding your knowledge.

To learn more about scuba diving with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji you can refer to our frequently asked questions about diving or you can choose from one of the dive packages.

And don’t forget: Two children under the age of thirteen stay for free when you book your holiday with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. 

Reasons to have a destination wedding in Fiji

Exchanging your vows in an exotic location is one way to ensure your ceremony is magical — but a destination wedding in Fiji takes your big day to a whole different level of memorable. Between the picture-perfect white-sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs, Fiji provides a breathtaking backdrop to tie the knot. Moreover, the islands offer a plethora of exciting aquatic activities and adventures, which present the perfect opportunity to bond with loved ones before and after your special day.

Considering a destination wedding in Fiji? Here are just a handful of the many reasons why you may want to get married at a 5 star Fiji resort.

Breathtaking photos
It probably goes without saying that Fiji boasts stunning scenery — which can provide some unparalleled photo ops. Considering that you'll look back through your wedding photos for decades to come (and may be investing in a professional photographer to capture the memories) it's certainly worth having the right backdrop. Having your ceremony in paradise is sure to make your wedding photos even more beautiful.

Special packages that simplify the planning
One of the greatest perks of planning a destination wedding is that you can let the resort take on some of the responsibilities and allow the staff to advise you on the details, meaning you're able to relax and enjoy the ride a little more. Our intimate wedding package not only includes round-trip transportation to and from the airport, but also your accommodations, the ceremony, a-la-carte meals, WiFi, up to five off-site scheduled excursions, and access to scheduled boat snorkeling trips, as well as many other resort activities. And what better way to prep for your big day than by indulging in a tension-relieving ocean-side couple's massage at the on-site spa

A seamless transition into the honeymoon
Another perk of a destination wedding is that it can easily segue into your honeymoon. So, after your family and friends have hopped on a flight back home, why not enjoy a romantic Fiji getaway? While hiking through lush rainforests on a waterfall tour or kayaking down a picturesque river you're sure to kick off this new chapter of your lives on a blissful note.

Memorable bonding opportunities with loved ones
One of the many benefits of a destination wedding in Fiji is that it allows you to spend some quality time with friends and family engaging in activities you'd never otherwise get to do together — like snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding. You can even take a tour to a pearl farm together, and learn about the local aquatic life from our in-house marine biologist. These are the kinds of memories you're guaranteed to hold onto long after you've said your "I do's."

Ready to book your destination wedding in Fiji? Check out our latest packages to make your fantasy a reality at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

Authentic Fijian dishes to try on your trip to the islands

One of the best ways to get to know a new locale, immerse yourself in the culture, and experience the unique pleasures that it has to offer is by eating the local food. Between the abundance of fresh seafood, the wide array of unusual produce, and the innovative cooking methods and techniques, there is no shortage of delicious fare to indulge in on the Fijian islands, whether you're on a romantic Fiji getaway or a family vacation. Unsurprisingly, the cuisine highlights the food that is naturally available including seafood, root vegetables, coconut, citrus and tropical fruits, as well as chicken, pork and lamb. And many of the dishes you'll find on local menus are recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Ready to discover the flavors of Fiji? These crave-worthy dishes are definitely worth seeking out while dining around the islands.

Baigan Valo
Making this Indo-Fijian fusion dish entails cutting an eggplant in half and stuffing it with fresh fish before steaming it. It is typically topped with a drizzle of rich coconut cream before serving.

There's hardly a better way to experience Fijian cuisine than by enjoying a lovo — a traditional feast that entails wrapping fish, meat, and vegetables in banana leaves and then slow cooking them for several hours in an underground fire pit. Since a lovo is typically only prepared on special occasions (like weddings, holidays, and special festivals), it can be hard to come by. Luckily, at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we bring the traditional Fijian lovo to our guests every week — Executive Chef Raymond Lee relies on centuries-old recipes and serves the lovo buffet style, so you can enjoy your fill of this hearty feast firsthand.

If you're a ceviche fan be sure to try this Fijian take on the raw fish dish. Kokoda is made with fresh fish (usually mahi-mahi or snapper), which is marinated in lime or lemon juice, and then typically mixed with coconut cream, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, and chillies. It's often served in a coconut shell or traditional kava bowl and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a light lunch.

To prepare this dish, taro leaves are stewed in coconut milk to create a warm pudding — the ultimate comfort food — which is usually served as a side, or appetizer, much like a soup. Occasionally, seasonings like ginger, garlic, or nutmeg are added to enhance the flavor.

Taro leaves are boiled and mashed to create this dish, which might remind you of stewed spinach. Palusami is often served with coconut cream, and occasionally, chunks of lamb.

To find out more about the delectable cuisine Fiji has to offer, check out our diverse dining options at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

Where is the best place to scuba dive in Fiji?

Two of the dive instructors at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort’s professional dive center are Geoff and Danny, who have over twenty years of experience as PADI dive instructors and as locals they have unrivaled knowledge of the shallows and the depths all around the resort. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort certifies more divers than any other dive operation in Fiji. We have enormous experience with teaching absolute beginners and guiding the most experienced divers around the most exceptional locations.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is the best place to dive when traveling as a family. If your children do not yet dive they can learn and experience a new underwater world with you, or, the award-winning child care service provided by the resort ensures you have peace of mind while having a day under the waves, comfortable in the knowledge your little ones are cared for at the resort. We even offer packages specific to the balance of diving and personal rejuvenation.

Welcome to an under water world

To learn more about scuba diving with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji you can refer to our frequently asked questions about diving or you can choose from one of the dive packages. To learn about availability, please make an enquiry.

And don’t forget: Two children under the age of thirteen stay for free when you book your holiday with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

Are you looking for an island getaway?

Are you looking for an island getaway?

Ring in the New Year at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

Rather than spend New Year's Eve packed in a bar or crowded restaurant like a can of sardines or trying to squeeze your way to the front of a packed fireworks show, why not spark a little magic of your own at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort?

Discover how rest and relaxation can beat the hustle and bustle of crowds and help you unwind after the stress and chaos of the holiday season comes to a close. Spend time with your family getting back to nature and taking advantage of everything the resort has to offer.

Resolutions start now
One major resolution people tend to make when the New Year rolls around is that they want to take better care of their health. Whether that means eating healthier or going to the gym, plenty of individuals make that their goal for the upcoming year.

One great way to kick this off is to go on our complementary Medicine Walk. Take a walk around our grounds with an island elder and learn about the natural wonders that sustained the people of Fiji for thousands of years. You can discuss the plants and traditions that kept the culture happy and healthy, and learn a bit more about some natural healing options that might do your body good, all while taking in the gorgeous vista right in front of you.

Start your stomach off right
They say that how you start your year offsets the tone for how the next 365 days will go – so why not start off on the right foot, from a culinary perspective? Our Executive Chef, Raymond Lee, offers up only the best, locally-sourced seasonal delights and delicacies that will tickle your taste buds and ensure you keep coming back for more.

There are plenty of dining options for the type of ambiance you're looking for at Jean-Michel Cousteau resort, whether you would prefer family dining, or a more private atmosphere on the pier. Regardless of your decision, everyone will be able to enjoy the same breathtaking view of Savusavu Bay, the picturesque pier and the gorgeous illuminated pool. 

Go home healed
All good things must come to an end, but before you must make your journey back, make sure that you are in the right headspace to start your year off right and relaxed. Take advantage of our complementary group yoga sessions, held each morning at sunrise. Or, opt for a private session for ultimate relaxation and renewal.

Why might you be interested in a vacation in Fiji?

There are countless reasons why you might be interested in taking your next vacation in Fiji, specifically at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. We offer the best amenities, activities and cuisine that you can find in this tropical island oasis, and you can find rest and relaxation, whether you're travelling by yourself, with your partner or with your whole family.

If you still need a little more convincing and are not completely won over by the fact that you will be pampered, wined and dined, and can find your own piece of paradise right here in Fiji at our luxurious resort, here are a few other reasons why Fiji should be your next vacation destination.

Get a taste of Fijian celebrity life
Famous Fijians are known for their kindness, athleticism and talent – get a little taste of their life and culture and embrace some of your favourite celebrities' ways of life. Some famous Fijians include professional golfer Vijay Singh, WWF wrestling superstar Jimmy Snuka and members of his wrestling dynasty, and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy star Craig Parker. Enjoy the island the way these natives, among many others, know how to.

Rich with culture
If you're a history buff, the island of Fiji will surely hold a special place in your heart. With origins dating back approximately 3,500 years, the island nation has played host to the Tu'i Tonga Empire, Polynesian culture, Dutch settlers and English navigators. These influences converged and the results can still be seen today in Fijian culture. The major tenants of the Fijian people include hospitality, friendship and music, all of which are very important elements of the way of life at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

You can also take part in a complementary excursion at Nukubalavu, a traditional local village. Here you will spend the afternoon with the Village Chief and watch a dance performance to get a better sense of what daily life and culture is like for the people who live on the island.

Explore a new world
If you vacation in Fiji, specifically at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, you will be able to explore the hidden depths of the seas by taking advantage of everything offered by the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre. Divers of all experience levels can have special, new, and exciting experiences at the Namena marine reserve site. Here, they can see various species of fish and coral and different types of physical environments.