The mission of Vunibokoi Divers', as custodians of the sea, is to train locals in the fundamentals of scuba diving, with an emphasis on preserving the reefs of Fiji.
We are Taveuni's ONLY locally owned and managed professional dive operation. We established Vunibokoi Divers specifically out of a concern for losing our Fijian maritime heritage. And in a sense to show our fellow Fijians that we can run a professional Fijian recreational dive facility, and thrive as a family business.
Our family ties to each other and Fijian ocean navigation began in the early 1800's. Alan, Tyrone, and Samu developed Vunibokoi Divers in 2003 to operate out of Alan Petersen's family Tovu Tovu Resort. But, the Petersen and Valentine families and have been connected for over 200 years. The first Petersen, Gustav, a Swedish boat builder married Cordellia Valentine, daughter of William Valentine, an American, and Adi Kasinita Likutabua of Varata Tailevu, Fiji.
We respect the sea life we admire while diving, and want to pass on the local techniques, and conservation practices we've learned from our Fijian ancestors. Our reputation for very professional service with a relaxed pace of doing things makes our dive experience hard to forget.
Tyrone Valentine is one of Fijiís most experienced Dive Master/Instructors, if not THE authority on Fijian scuba diving. He can help design the ultimate dive adventure for the experienced diver. Tyroneís personal attention also works for divers who want to take a leisurely day trip on their own terms.
Tyrone will put you in the right spot under the best possible conditions. He very much enjoys letting you delve into the diving adventure of your choice, be it drift dives, current dives, deep dives, exploration dives, underwater photography or the Zen of a relaxed dive.
Tyroneís extensive knowledge from 25 years of diving Fijiís reefs, with the legendary, world famous and pristine Rainbow Reef, assures you of an exilarating, cherished diving experience.
He is one of the early pioneers and developers of this area into a superb diving destination. Tyrone received the prestigious SSI award for 12,000 dives, making him the most experienced active Dive Operation Owner on the Rainbow Reefs.
» PADI and NAUI Instructor for over 15 years — 1st local dive instructor on Taveuni.
» Recompression Chamber — qualified as tender and technician, (Tyrone worked closely with development team during the set-up of the Cousteau Society Recompression chamber in Fiji)
» Ocean Pacific Resort — Dive Operation Director
» Charter Captain — Sea Faring Certificate
» Experienced Underwater Photographer
» Qualified Wind Surf Instructor
» DAN qualified Oxygen Provider
» 1 year — Lead Dive Master for Mataqi Princess Live Aboard dive boat for 12 divers, diving in the northern waters of Fiji.
» 16 years — Dive Master and Dive Operations Coordinator for Dive Taveuni "Taveuniís resort of discovery".
» 25+ years of diving
» 15,000+ documented dives
Tyrone has worked closely with oceanographic scientific expeditions by prestigious research organizations including the Cousteau Organization, National Geographic, and various movie film companies because they know he manages to get the most out of their dive experience.
Sam has been diving in Fiji for over 20 years. Many of the resorts of the neighboring islands regularly call him in for help because of his technical skill, great personality, and ease in showing guests how to enjoy Fijis' ocean.
Samu was first trained in scuba by the pioneer of Fiji's underwater exploration, Tom Tiko. Tom Tiko was born in the 1930s, and still lives in Taveuni. Tom's long held love for the ocean, Fijian customs and beliefs inspired him to undertake a fun sport of exploring deeper in these special waters.
» 22+ years of diving all over Fiji
» Honorary Member of the Handicap Society
» 6+ years on Fijian liveaboards
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