Liz Bennett is an experienced physiotherapist and yoga therapist. She has a thorough understanding of what constitutes a safe and suitable practice. In 2004, Liz took a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, she moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a diploma of yoga teaching with Michael De Maninco. Currently, she runs a yoga school, Yoga Essentia, at Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club and teaches students in all stages of life, from 7 to 77 years old.
Vivienne completed a two-year teacher training course at YogaWest with her first teacher Janet Catesby. Since graduating, she has explored many different styles of yoga over the past 10 years, including Ashtanga, Power, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga. These styles have all contributed to her repertoire as a teacher. Vivienne has an ongoing thirst for expanding her knowledge and understanding of yoga and considers herself as primarily a student of this amazing practice.
Grammy award-winning featured soloist and Maori musical instrument specialist Jerome Kavanagh (Poutama) hails from the Mokai Patea, Maniapoto, Kahungunu tribes (Maori) and the Caomhanach clan (Irish). He was first introduced to the sound of Taonga Puoro at aged 16 by one of his aunties. A family-owned Koauau (Maori cross-blown flute) was the first instrument he recalls learning to play. Maintaining his strong roots, Jerome has become part of a movement introducing Maori music, art, and culture to the world.
Deidre-Lee Allen is a vivacious and outgoing teacher whose innovative practice and boundless energy led her to develop her own Pacific Yogaflow yoga business. With a background in dance and choreography, she began her career in health and fitness as an aerobics instructor becoming the national choreographer and coordinator of the Les Mills Step program. She set up the very first personal training system for Les Mills - again, a first, and one that led to hundreds of trainers all over the world working under the Les Mills personal training systems.
Pamela C. Australia
Just back from a one week stay - for the second time - at Daku Resort. Two and a half years after my first visit the place is good as I remember, the staff just as friendly and welcoming and the food even better. Other highlights were the beautiful water views, fantastic massages and best of all the nightly 'family' dinners with Delia, JJ and other guests all seated around the one table sharing stories. The perfect place to relax and do nothing or get out and see what the island has to offer. I'll be back!
a traveler California, USA
Have been going through SavuSavu for over 30 years and never stayed in town. This place is a gem, quiet and lush with a view of SavuSavu Bay that is unparalleled. My wife and I enjoyed two days just before the May rush, had the place to ourselves. The ocean view bure, with its amenities including thick white towels, was perfect and would recommend this spot to anyone coming to Vanua Levu, the other large island in the Fiji group. Lastly, it is the only time I can remember that a resort owner, in this case JJ, ever drove us to the airport. It gave just the extra touch and allowed for last minute sharing (veitalanoa in Fijian language) that makes the stay special. Thanks to all the staff and we will be back then next time we go to Vanua Levu. Scott and Christina
a traveler Israel
Great place just few minutes out of town. Excellent restaurant and above all the team including the owner JJ and his wife as well as Aubry the manager and others offered the maximum support that one can ask for. Thanks!
Elena M. Australia
We stayed at Daku for 7 nights as part of a dive package and had an amazing time. We stayed in an ocean view bure which was down by the water where you could step off the balcony and in 30 steps be in the ocean. The room was clean and well serviced. The thing that I feel really sets Daku apart from any other resort is the friendliness and genuine welcome from all the staff but particularly JJ and Delia. Having lived in Fiji for a long time they are real locals and can tell you about the place and suggest things to do to get the most out of your stay. JJ is great to chat to and seems to know all of his guests, he introduced us to other travellers who were doing similar things, and really goes the extra mile. The resort is a $4 taxi ride or 15 min walk from town, it has a good restaurant or they can suggest other places to eat out nearby. Overall highly recommended.
Paradise Courses website
A little over a week of absolute magic… In all my working life I have never come across a team of people who gave so much to ensure their guests had the best they could offer.