Palms sway as the crystal clear water laps the white sands of the Blue Lagoon. Pristine reefs lie metres from the shore, ready to be explored. Welcome to Fiji!
Fiji is an archipelago in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. It is located in the northeast of the North Island of New Zealand. From the 332 islands and 500 islets, this island country has two major islands, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu that is inhabited by almost 850,000 people. Suva is the largest capital city of Viti Levu.
Most of the islands of Fiji were formed through volcanic activity, thus, there are some geothermal activities that still occurs in some of its islands today. Indeed, it is rich with fish, mineral and forest resources.
Moreover, the tropical marine climate of the country makes it an ideal hot spot for divers who explore the ocean floor with a non-diving partner. Fiji is warm most of the year round thus, it is known for its amazing beaches, cascading waterfalls, thriving rainforest and breathtaking underwater world abundant with corals and different varieties of fishes.
Some of the famous hot spots for scuba diving in Fiji are as follows:
Beqa (pronounced as Mbengga)
This local destination that lies at the south of Navua, has a peripheral reef that surrounds the island and a barrier reef around Beqa’s lagoon.
Expect to see flourishing soft coral gardens, abundant marine life and gorgonian forest at Beqa’s lagoon. You will see colorful corals thriving under the light and shallow water for over a hundred years. The reefs are in excellent condition with an average water temperature of 26C.
A well-renowned dive experience here is the Bull Shark dive. Guaranteed to excite, you will watch in awe as local Fijian divers hand-feed these majestic creatures. And pretty soon, you will realise that they are the dangerous predators that they are made out to be, but in fact, they are very graceful and powerful creatures, worthy of respect and wonder.
Travellers can reach Beqa by taking a 2.5 hour drive from the airport of Nadi to Pacific Harbour. The island of Beqa is the native hometown of the legendary Firewalkers.
Kadavu Island group
This group of islands is situated in the south of Viti Levu, one of Fiji’s major islands. You can reach this local destination by taking a 45 minute flight from Nadi or a 30 minute plane ride from Suva.
When you get there, expect to see Kadavu’s infamous Great Astrolabe Reef which is the fourth largest barrier reef in the world located in the south and eastern side of the island. This reef is over 100 kilometers long with extreme biodiversity of marine life and coral structures. Divers will catch a glimpse of manta cleaning stations, schools of barracuda, ribbon eels, sea snakes, and pristine hard and soft corals. At varying depths, you will also have a breathtaking tour around the reef’s caverns, caves, pinnacles and walls.
This island is situated off the west coast of Viti Levu. It is comprised of 13 islands that are naturally grouped to form a magnificent arc of volcanic outcrops. The beautiful sandy beaches, coconut palms and turquoise waters made the resorts of the islands famous inside and outside the country.
Scuba diving is fun in Mamanuca islands. For novice divers, the large Mamanuca lagoon is a good option since it has shallow and calm waters better yet, contains thriving coral bommies. For professional scuba divers, they may explore the outer edges of the lagoon that is already part of the Pacific Ocean.
While underwater in the outer edges of the lagoon, expect to see numerous passages with more than 35 meters visibility that leads you to a booming marine life that includes pelagics, turtles, sharks and dolphins that frequently cruise around the dazzling reefs. Scuba diving is conducted all year round particularly from April to November, when Mamanucas Lagoon has an average water temperature of 26-29 C.
This is a town located at Ra Province, in Fiji. You can reach the district through a 2.5 hour drive from Nadi if you take the Kings Road which lies at the northern coast of Viti Levu. The place is indeed beautiful with its pretty beaches and vibrant underwater world best for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Rakiraki is a tropical paradise with a wealth of hot dive spots. Its reefs are less visited especially the northern part of Viti Levu, but are filled with abundant fish life. One of the healthiest reefs in the world is found surrounding the Bligh Waters. Expect to see multi-colored soft and hard corals under water, frequently visited by superb schools of Spanish mackerel, barracuda and some resident reef sharks.