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The Fiji Islands are an unspoiled tropical paradise located roughly 2000 kilometres north east of North Island in New Zealand. This South Pacific country is actually made up of a chain of 332 islands, but only around 100 of these are inhabited. The islands were formed over 150 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity, some of which continues today on the islands of Taveuni and Vanua Levu. Aside from active volcanoes, Fiji offers a multitude of thrilling experiences such as giant zip-lines, parasailing, mountain climbing and rainforest trails.

Fiji’s landscape is rather rugged but undeniably beautiful, with sandy beaches complete with palm trees, blue lagoons and a peaceful island holiday vibe that is sure to relax even the most uptight of travellers.

Since the country is surrounded by the magnificent, crystal clear waters of the South Pacific, water sports play a major part in any visit to Fiji and options include jet ski safaris, surfing, white water rafting, shark diving and scuba diving at some of the best dive sites on earth. Fiji boasts over 4000 square miles of unspoiled coral reef, giving divers the chance to experience marine biodiversity like nowhere else.

Dive Map of Fiji

Fiji Dive Map

Best Diving Destinations in Fiji

Fiji dive sites are particularly well-known for supporting large quantities of colourful soft corals. In fact, several hundred different types of corals and sponges have been recorded. While these are certainly a highlight in their own right, Fiji also boasts many hard coral formations that make for an interesting underwater landscape. Divers looking for an adrenalin-packed experience need to look no further than drift diving experiences in Fiji. There are also steep vertical walls, wrecks, exciting swim-throughs and long, sloping reefs to be explored.

In terms of marine life, divers are unlikely to be disappointed as the waters of Fiji are home to over 1000 fish species both large and small. Highlights include eagle rays, turtles, sharks and massive numbers of colourful and exotic reef fish as well as various nudibranch species.

Vanua Levu and Lavenuni Islands, the northern areas, offer extremely high-quality drift dives. The Somosoma straights with Rainbow reef that runs straight across them provide very fast and exciting drift dives where you can see just about everything that swims in the fish food chain plus dramatic spreads of corals. Visibility is typically about 90 feet and large pelagics are very commonly seen.

The Western Areas

Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, the western areas, are on the leeward side of Viti Levu. This protection gives rise to coral gardens, caves, swim throughs, arches, and walls. Masses of marine life, including tropical reef, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and lots of sharks love this area. If you are really lucky you may even see a whale shark.


Dive Map of Mamanuca, Yasawa Islands and Malolo
Malolo Barrier Reef, Mamanuca and Yasawa Fiji Dive Map

Many divers choose to start their diving adventure on the largest island of Vitu Levu, and for good reason. Many of Fiji’s most popular dive sites are located just off the shores of Vitu Levu and a major highlight for many is the shark diving opportunities that abound in the area. Departing from Pacific Harbour, divers should be prepared to encounter as many as 8 intimidating shark species on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Underwater photographers are likely to take away fantastic images of white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, bull sharks, black tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and silvertip sharks.

The Northern Areas

Vanua Levu and Lavenuni Islands, the northern areas, offer extremely high-quality drift dives. The Somosoma straights with Rainbow reef that runs straight across them provide very fast and exciting drift dives where you can see just about everything that swims in the fish food chain plus dramatic spreads of corals. Visibility is typically about 90 feet and large pelagics are very commonly seen.

Somosomo Strait is a channel that stretches between the major islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni and thanks to tidal currents in the area is the perfect location to see many of the soft coral species that Fiji is famous for. Rainbow Reef is a wall dive that is not to be missed in this area as it guarantees sightings of large numbers of pelagic fish. Another wall dive to include on your diving itinerary is the Great White Wall, appropriately named due to the beautiful white soft corals that completely cover the wall.

For both hard and soft corals, diver should visit the secluded barrier reef within Namena Marine Park and if you’re looking for manta rays in their masses, Great Astrolable reef off Kadavu is the place to visit. Also nearby Kadavu is a site known as the Crazy Maze which offers around 11 fantastic swim-throughs and great coral formations. Sea turtles and barracuda can also be seen here at Namalata Reef.

Located right in the middle of nutrient-rich waters between Vanua Levu and Viti Levu is an oddly-named pinnacle known as E-6. Soft corals and large sea fans thrive on the protected side of the pinnacle whilst major pelagic fish enjoy the strong currents on the other sides. Divers should not miss the Cathedral swim-through on this dive which is exceptionally beautiful.

The Southern Areas

Vatulele, Kadavu, Beqa and Yanuca Islands, the southern areas, provide two unique pinnacles to dive on, located between the islands of Beqa and Yanuca. These pinnacles are nicknamed Ceasers and ET and are a great spot for both divers and snorkelers. Also of interest is the wreck of a 200 tons Taiwanese trawler and aquarium no1 and no2, which are small blue holes that plunge some 130 feet into the reef. Further south is Kadavu that has sheer wall diving which is very popular with divers and sharks. Typical marine life includes Tiera Bat Fish, Maori Wrasse, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo and if you venture a bit deeper you may see Humpback whales, Hammerhead sharks, and White Marlin.

Near to Beqa Lagoon is a site known as Ceasar’s Rocks which is popular with those divers who enjoy exploring a good tunnel and swim-through. Macro divers can also be entertained thanks to a wide variety of blennies and nudibranchs at this site and a large number of nooks and crannies to explore.

The Eastern areas

Lomaiviti Islands, or the eastern areas, are considered to be the best that Fiji has to offer. This area is more remote and is accessible on a liveaboard. You can experience the ultimate drift dive, a 3 or 4-knot ride at Nigali Pass where you can see giant groupers 100 – 200 pounds each, sea snakes, and platoons of patrolling sharks. Also typical to the area are schools of Jacks, Barracuda, Cornet fish, and the occasional Scalloped Hammerhead.

Dive Map of Qamea

Qamea Dive Map

When to Visit Fiji

Diving is popular all throughout the year in Fiji and is particularly popular from April to October. Although these are technically the winter months, visibility is at its highest in July and also December and can sometimes extend beyond 50 metres. Needless to say that kind of visibility is an absolute delight, especially for underwater photographers. Water temperatures are still fairly warm and remain in the range of 24-27°C, whilst winds can increase in strength during these months.

Fiji’s rainy season runs from December to March and these are also the summer months which bring with them increased chance of cyclone action. The water temperature will rise to around 30°C in some areas, making a shortie or 3mm wetsuit more than sufficient when diving. Although visibility is slightly reduced from the impeccable visibility of the winter months, this should not deter divers looking to experience a magnificent Fijian summer. Fiji also experiences a few cross-over months where the seasons are transitioning, and many visitors choose these months – April, May and November – to visit.

Travel tips

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Jesika August 05, 2017

Hello,
We are planning at trip in Fiji for 2 between April 15 to May 8 2018. I saw that you do maintenance that time of year. Will you be open and do you have availability? We are also divers. In addition to the two-tank boat dives, do you have unguided shore diving available? Please let me know.

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Olivia August 07, 2017

Hi there,

do you do shark dives as well? I am looking to stay at The Beach Resort

Thank you!
Olivia

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Amy August 14, 2017

Hello!
I have longed to visit Fiji for over 15 years and I’m hoping that soon I can make the trip a reality! Have you any availability for November/December 2017, excluding the Christmas/New Year range?
Thank you!

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Mike August 30, 2017

I want to dive the Coral Coast – I am staying at the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay. Do you have a 3 tank dive on the 1st or 2nd? (long drive so want to get in more dive time)

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Steven September 03, 2017

Hello,

My fiancee and I are looking to book a stay at your resort for our honeymoon. We would be arriving on Saturday, December 23rd, and departing on Wednesday December 27th. Your resort comes highly recommended from a friend, and we look forward to the possibility of staying.

Warm regards,
Steven

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Helena September 03, 2017

We were wondering if you have a date for re-opening? We are moving to Fiji soon for my husbands job, and wanted to have our honeymoon on the Island in December. Please let me know if you are opening any time soon. Thanks, Helena

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Nicole September 11, 2017

Bula vinaka,

I’m an Australuan volunteer living in Suva and am interested in doing my advanced open water.

Would you be able to provide me with a quote for it please? It would need to be done over a weekend/weekends and I would likely be based out of the Beachhouse as cost is a big consideration

Any info you could provide would be great

Vinaka
Nicole

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Alexandra September 12, 2017

Bula! Do you have any availability in the next 2 weeks?? If not, when is your soonest availability??

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Noa September 18, 2017

Hello,
I will be arriving in Taveuni in the beginning of October and wanted to know the prices for diving with you? Where are you located and where do you go out from?
Do you dive the great white wall?
As well as any other information you can provide regarding diving..
Thank you,
Noa

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