Ara Juan

Finalist, Protector of Paradise

Ara’s Bio

Hi, my name is Ara. Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs in Manila, I have always thought that building my own business was the career path for me. And so that’s what I did. I built my own business.

Although this makes me happy, I’ve always thought that there was something missing in my life. And so every so often, I find myself trying to escape the city life to find this missing piece. In all my adventures, I have discovered that I am my most happiest when I am near the ocean. This has given me a new sense of purpose- and that is to protect the ocean that I love the most.

Because of my passion for the ocean, I created Diver Bliss. A website dedicated to sustainable travels, scuba diving and marine conservation. I hope I can inspire others to love our blue planet as much as I do.

Ara’s Blog Posts

Tavarua Island Resort – Big Heart for Giant Clams

On our first week in Fiji, we visited Makogai Island as part of the Captain Cook Cruise. On the island, we met the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries who showed us their giant clam and hawksbill turtle nursery. Protecting the giant clams are so important because they are filter-feeders and are essential in the reef ecosystem. They […]

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Back to Basics with Korovou Eco-tour Resort

Ever since I arrived in Fiji, we’ve gone on a cruise and stayed in 5-star resorts and pretty much experience the best of the best. When we got confirmation that we were going to Korovou Eco-tour Resort, I had mixed feelings about it. We’ve read some negative reviews online about the place which involved the […]

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Malamala is crushing it!

On one of our free days, we decided to visit Malamala Beach Resort to chill by the beach. We loved having a break from our “work” as Protector of Paradise but conservation work never stops! The truth is we had seen some online footage of a sustainable business practice Malamala Beach Club had. They were […]

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Bulaccino: From Farm to Table

When I first arrived in Fiji, our first trip was to a quaint cafe in Nadi called Bulaccino. Being a coffee-lover, I was very excited to try their coffee. I ended up getting their Niuccino since it makes use of coconut milk. I’ve never heard off using coconut milk with coffee before so it made […]

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My First Manta Ray Encounter

I have never seen Manta rays in the wild before so I was super looking forward to this our trip at Mantaray Island Resort. After a restful night and hearty breakfast at The Palms Apartment, we headed to Denarau Marina at 8AM to catch our ferry. Mantaray Island Resort is located on the Island of […]

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My 11 Favorite Moments with Captain Cook Cruises

Our first adventure finally began on June 4! We headed out to Denarau Port where we needed to check in our cruise with Captain Cook Cruises! I was feeling very excited as I had never been on a 7-day cruise before. We went on board the Reef Endeavor and did the Colonial Cruise. As I […]

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Arriving in Fiji for Protector of Paradise

Going through immigration has always made me anxious as I get questioned a lot as a Filipino single female traveler. But immigration in Fiji was quick and easy! […]

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Ara’s Protector of Paradise video entry