Scuba Diving Fiji! Bula!
Diving in Fiji is incredible, warm, great visibility, myriad colorful fish and coral. Fiji is known as both the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”.
Fiji is a South Pacific island nation with 333 islands and islets with beaches, coral gardens, and rain forests. 106 of the islands are inhabited.
Fiji’s slogan, the ‘Pearl of the Pacific,’ couldn’t be more fitting. This volcanic archipelago in the southwestern Pacific Ocean is characterized by rippling, clear waters and is a fine island paradise in the truest sense of the term. The British began colonizing the Fiji Islands comparatively late in the colonial period, largely due to the ferociousness of local tribes keen on cannibalism. Today, the aggressive settlers have been replaced by the world-renowned Fiji smile, which welcomes millions of sun-seeking tourists annually as a prime honeymoon or adventure spot.
Fiji is famous for its pristine and secluded beach getaways, underwater coral delights, untouched pockets of rainforest, and contagious ambiance of relaxation. While traveling to these beautiful islands, tourists can try their hand at snorkeling, scuba diving, or wilderness trekking, among other things. Cruising the islands take visitors to unchartered waters and uninhabited cays floating in the remote vastness of the Pacific.
In Suva, the Fiji Museum is a great place to embrace the country’s fascinating past. Alternatively, take a stroll through the Parliament of Fiji. In the major towns of Suva and Nadi, shopping keeps tourists entertained. Where else can males purchase a sulu (skirt) and wear it in public as a fashion trend?
Fiji is renowned for its plethora of high-end resorts and beachfront hotels. Most are located along the coast of Viti Levu, but many adorn smaller, private sand islands hiding in the Mamanuca chain. Tourists will find Fiji has an interesting array of cuisines. All adults should try kava, a fermented root drink at least once in their life. It makes the tongue and mouth go numb for a few minutes after just a sip.
There is so much richness in Fiji’s surrounding island chain to explore. Whether you decide to scuba or snorkel the precious island chains of the Mamanucas or Yasawa, trek through natural forest landscapes like Bouma National Heritage Park, enjoy a lazy day at golden beaches or private coves, relax by the pool of a five-star resort, shop for handcrafted goods such as baskets, mats, replica weapons, and reed sulus, try kava during a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony , raft or canoe to a hidden, historical village……. Fiji has an adventure that will create unforgettable memories.
In Fiji, Bula means much more than hello. Try saying it when you get here and be a part of the Bula spirit.
SCUBA DIVING FIJI
Every dive in Fiji will be different but equally rewarding and pleasurable, not just the dive itself but before and after as well. You are with friendly, professional people who make sure you get the best from your dive.
Fiji is known as both the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” and has long established itself as the Pacific’s shark diving capital, where as many as eight different species freely swim. With around 1000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges, Fiji offers a unique diving experience. With over 4000 square miles of coral reef, Fiji Islands offer divers unparalleled marine biodiversity.
While famous s for its soft coral diving, the chance to dive with sharks, plus white sand beaches and pristine natural environment, Fiji is a leader in eco-tourism.
If you feel like going beyond the beautiful reef dives venture into reef passages and come face to face with Grey Reef sharks, Silvertips, Hammerheads and White Tips. If you’d like to get to know them a bit better and at closer range, expect an adrenalin rush from what is known as the ‘Best shark dive in the world’ as you dive with the sharks observing experienced Fijian divers carry out the famous ‘shark feeding.
If you’re looking for an amazing experience at a slightly slower pace, you can swim with the giant Manta Rays. Between May and October these elegant creatures bless the waters off Manta Ray Island with a visit, MantaRays are one of the largest fish in the ocean, some span as big as 6.5metres. Fiji is also home to five species of turtles, the most famous being the Hawksbill Turtle, which are now aprotected species. Many of the resorts now have conservation programs to look after these precious locals. Fiji’s moderate water temperature makes for year-round diving and the visibility is a photographers dream.
A question often asked is where the best diving in Fiji is located. Tough question! You can fall into the water almost anywhere and have a good dive. Fiji islands diving is really varied so you need to choose what type of adventure you want. Here are a few of the top destinations to experience the world’s best dive sites.
FIJI DIVE AREA
Taveuni and the Koro Sea
Past Taveuni (The Garden Island) runs the Somosomo Strait whose soft coral splendor allows Fiji to lay claim to being ‘The soft coral capital of the world’. The waters around Taveuni and south into the Koro Sea are rich and nutrient-filled, supporting large marine ecosystems which means lots of great dive sites. The narrow passage between Vanua Levu and Taveuni is Fiji’s most famous site for soft corals, especially its Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef. The snorkeling is very good here, too, but watch out for strong currents. If you’re lucky, you’ll see sharks.
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The real Fiji, away from the big resorts where life can go at the pace you want and where the diving feels like the last frontier. Eco-friendly resorts, local culture and plenty of breathtaking dive sites in and around the well-known Great Astrolabe Reef. Skirting the eastern and southern sides of Kadavu, the Great Astrolabe Reef has lost much of its reef-top soft corals but still has plenty over the sides. It also attracts Fiji’s largest concentration of manta rays.
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One of Fiji’s best kept secrets is the top quality diving at Rakiraki with colorful pristine reefs and an abundance of fish. Special mention too must go the shark feeding dives conducted in the waters off PacificHarbor. You can have heart-stopping moments with the bosses of the ocean and just off Fiji’s main island.
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Just south of Viti Levu lies Beqa Island, one of the most popular Fiji diving destinations for those seeking to avoid a domestic flight. There are a range of good dive sites around the lagoon and the islands that fringe it. You can expect pinnacles, plenty of soft corals and even wreck dives. Just a short boat ride out of Pacific Harbor you find a diving paradise.
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The nutrient-fed channel of Bligh Water and surrounding picturesque islands of Koro, Wakaya and Namena in the Koro Sea is Fiji’s best claim as a world class dive destination and is a prime adventure cruising ground for liveaboards.
Namena Marine Reserve is a protected area, the mecca of a Fiji diving experience.
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So if you want big fish action, macro-delights, pristine coral or adventurous liveaboards, Fiji promises it all, and there is always a warm Fijian welcome waiting for you.
DIVING SEASON: Although you can dive in Fiji year round, the best diving in Fiji is from April to October. November to January tend to see the most rainfall, with the rainy season officially extending into March. Prime visibility is during the winter months of July to September when the surface can be a little choppy and potentially as cool as 22°C. During the November to April summer months the water temperature can reach a balmy 30°C.
VISIBILITY: Barring the odd plankton bloom in the rainy season, water visibility routinely exceeds 100 feet. Even those cloudy plankton blooms are blessings in disguise, since they attract big filter-feeding whales and fish from the open ocean.
WATER TEMPERATURE: Through most of the year, the surface water temperature around Fiji is in the mid-70s F, which typically requires a 2 mm or 3 mm full-body wetsuit. In January and February, water temperature reaches its peak high in the mid-80s and a diver can get by with only a shorty.
WEATHER: Maximum temperatures in Fiji rarely move out of the 78 – 88 degree F (31C to 26C) range all year round. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning.Fiji does have a wet season. The wet season is normally from November to April and results from the southerly movements of the South Pacific Convergence Zone. The wet season is characterised by heavy, brief local showers and contributes most of Fiji’s annual rainfall.
MARINE LIFE: Fiji is famous for its sharks, which also figure prominently in the local culture. Reef sharks and hammerheads are common sightings, as are bull sharks. Species such as trevally and triggerfish inhabit the area, as do sea turtles and a rainbow of small tropical fish. The seasonal plankton blooms bring in big sea creatures, such as manta rays and humpback whales.
HOW TO DIVE FIJI: With so many islands you’ll have to decide whether you want to travel and experience the best scuba diving Fiji has to offer or if you want to stay put in one place and get a taste of that area. If you decide to explore around the islands then there is no substitute for a Fiji liveaboard cruise which will cover many sites and will also give you the chance to dive more remote and less-visited spots. If you want to stay in one place only and dive exclusively that area, then your choice depends on what type of diving experience you are looking for.
CLIMATE: Fiji has two seasons: warm and even warmer. It’s a sunny, tropical climate that’ll wash the winter chills from your bones. That doesn’t mean it never rains here, but you can expect May to November, our cooler months, to range from 19° to 29°c. And from December and April, the temperatures register from 22° to 33°c. November to April (Wet season) will have more rain than other months. Cyclones do occur in Fiji and are normally confined to wet season.
TIME ZONE: Straddling the 180th meridian, Fiji has frequently been called “the crossroads of the Pacific”. In fact, the International Date Line has been adjusted so that the entire archipelago falls into the same time zone, 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. From November to February Fiji moves one hour ahead with its own daylight savings
LANGUAGE: English is the official language with Fijian and Hindustani also spoken.
LOCAL CUSTOMS: It is important to dress modestly when away from hotels and resorts and particularly when visiting a Fijian village. Avoid wearing a hat in a village, it is considered an insult to the village chief. It is also insulting to touch someone’s head. It’s best to not wear shoes if visiting someone’s house. When visiting a village it is customary to present an inexpensive gift of ‘yaqona’ or kava to the “Turaga Ni Koro”, the traditional head of the village. Be prepared to shake hands and answer personal questions as to where you are from, whether married; and, if so, how many children.
ELECTRICITY: The electric current is 240 volts AC 50Hz. Fiji has three-pin power outlets, which are identical to Australia and New Zealand.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS: The Fijian Dollar. ATMs are located around the country and at larger resorts and hotels. Major Credit Cards are accepted at leading hotels and resorts.
GRATUITIES: We don’t encourage tipping, but you may, if you wish, offer extra payment for an outstanding service.
PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE: Fiji’s country code is +679. Fiji is well serviced by local mobile networks including Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile. Access to the internet and email is available in most parts of Fiji.
VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: US passports are granted visa upon arrival for stay up to 4 months. US Passport must be valid at least six months after your scheduled departure date from Fiji. You must have return air ticket or onward travel to another country.
CUSTOMS: You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcohol and alcoholic beverages free of duty and taxes as part of your personal exemption: Alcoholic beverage up to 2.25 litres, or up to 4.5 litres of wine. 250 cigarettes
DEPARTURE TAX: Visitors to Fiji are required to pay departure tax. This would be already included in your air ticket.
Everywhere you go in Fiji, across all the islands, you’ll hear the sounds of pure happiness.
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