Author: Asha Tanna

A male chimp in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda photo ©Asha Tanna 2012

Nature at its best – The Garden Island of Taveuni

June 20, 2017


It’s been an incredible week here in Taveuni. The island is far from cheap and is unsurprisingly filled with honeymooners and surprisingly impoverished American and European students all volunteering and wearing inappropriate clothing more suited to Ibiza.  Trying to stay here on a budget has been a challenge. Diving has been my biggest splurge but […]

Diving The Great White Wall, Fiji

June 14, 2017


The Great White Wall is described by many as one of the must-see dive sites in the world. I first heard about it last spring while I was in Istanbul. An American woman on the news planning desk asked me if that was the reason I was going to Fiji. This led to internet research […]

Goodbye SavuSavu hello Taveuni

June 13, 2017


Across the water from Vanua Levu lies Taveuni. The garden island is famed for the famous and rare flower Tagimaucia, found growing high in the mountains. It’s also a place divers come to stay and visit the rainbow reef and the world famous Great White Wall. I’m here for week. I packed up my life […]

Dive Master certification day – The final hurdle

May 30, 2017


“You know Asha, this is not a true picture of what the ocean is normally like,” said my instructor Big D looking at me with a stifled smile. My worried face was reflected back in his mirrored faux Ray Ban aviators. “Errrrm what do you mean?” I asked awkwardly pulling at my rash vest and […]

Into The Abyss

May 13, 2017


“The Martini Effect” sounds like a condition coined by the writers of Sex And The City for single bar-hopping women. It’s not. Neither is “being Narc’d” a term used by skateboarders in baggy Carhartt pants. And “The Rapture of the Deep” is definitely not a z-list movie shown on Channel 5 on Sunday afternoons before […]

Under Pressure

May 3, 2017


The pain started as a tight squeeze on the bridge of my nose. I lifted my face upwards looking at the sunlight shining through the water and exhaled hard. The corners of my mask clamped down onto my face as water and air were forced out of the bottom. The pressure eased momentarily, but as […]

The Pool is Open

April 24, 2017


It’s been almost two weeks since my bags and myself were weighed at Nadi airport before I boarded the tiny plane to SavuSavu. As it soared over the turquoise blue landscape I was filled with excitement about plunging back into the warm water for the next ten weeks. The Drummer (my new flatmate/manager of the […]