Scuba Diving in Fiji

Fiji is an archipelago in the south of the Pacific Ocean including 332 coral and volcanic islands. The largest ones are Vanua Levu, Viti Levu and Kandavu.
The main sources of income of this country, apart from agriculture and gold mining, are tourism and diving. You will find wonderful beaches and well developed tourist infrastructure in Fiji: great diving boats and experienced specialists are at your service. In tourist areas there are both luxury hotels and clean and safe guest houses with Internet access at accessible prices. There is a well developed chain of dive shops with all the major international systems. Here you will find all you need for a safe and proper diving experience regardless ofyour level of ability.

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Fiji is a great place for diving: there are clear waters with visibility up to 40 meters, comfortable temperatures and underwater landscapes varying from sheer walls to peaceful coral gardens. Local waters are inhabited by giant hawkfish, leaf fish, butterflyfish, unicorn fish, as well as silvertip sharks, blacktip sharks, reef sharks, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks, different species of rays, manta rays, eels, octopuses and moray eels. You can sometimes spot whale sharks here.
Viti Levu Island and Beqa Lagoon are the most famous places in Fiji. Dozens of dive sites provide all kinds of diving: from a peaceful swim among splendid coral gardens with their bright inhabitants (for beginners) to extreme diving whilst feeding sharks (for experienced divers). Here you can see silvertip sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, and reef sharks, a great number of tropical fish, marine turtles, rays and about a hundred species of coral.
The Great Astrolabe Reef near Kadavu Island is the 4th largest reef in the world. It was named after the French schooner which crashed here in 1827. The reef contains a riot of colours. Soft corals have created gardens, alleys, arches and canals full of tropical fish, such as marine angelfish, butterflyfish, moonfish, clownfish, lionfish, cichlids, snappers and sea snakes. Marine turtles and manta rays are frequent visitors, and hammerhead sharks also come here.
The Namena Marina Reserve is the most famous and impressive in this region. The barrier reef shelters jungles of soft and hard corals (400 species) with colourful tropical fish (over a thousand species). There are several seamounts in Namena. The local beaches are home for rare marine turtles, who lay their eggs on them. Conger eels, lionfish also find a home in Namena's waters and they are sometimes visited by reef sharks.
Gau Island and Wakaya Island are among the most famous Fiji islands. Gau dive sites feature bizarre corals 5 meters deep forming sheer walls leading to the bottom. There are barracudas, marine turtles, rays, and silvertip sharks sometimes make an appearance. Wakaya is famous for wall diving and through caves covered with corals. At local sites you will come across silvertip sharks and hammerhead sharks, manta rays, blue moray eels and different species of rays. Night dives are a fascinating experience with plenty of luminescent fish.

Diving Destinations in Fiji

The most popular diving regions in Fiji are in the Beqa Lagoon of Viti Levu Island. There are a few dozen dive sites around the lagoon and a famous dive show which includes shark feeding also takes place here. The great dive sites in Namena Marina Reserve are suitable for beginners. Such islands as Wakaya, Gau, Taveuni, Kandavu, Koro and Makongi are destinations for multi-day safaris.

Memo Notes
Currency FJD - Fijian dollar
Languages Fijian, Fiji Hindi, English
Timezone UTC +12
Phone code 679
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type I - 240 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Fiji

Most of the dive shops are located on the three largest islands: Vanua Levu, Viti Levu and Kandavu. They are easy to find online or locally. Safaris lasting more than one day are generally booked in advance. Dive shops provide equipment for rent, sale, sometimes repair, as well as training and guiding services. Large companies have comfortable ships fully equipped for diving and resting.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring is the low tourist season in Fiji, with heavy rains and storms being frequent in March and April. The air temperature is about +30 °C and the water temperature is between +27 and +29 °C. Diving season is all year round but the peak is in May.

Summer

Summer is the high tourist season when rains are rare, there are no storms, the air temperature is between +31 and +33 °C and water temperature is about +30 °C. The visibility is almost always perfect, up to 40 meters but there are exceptions.

Autumn

In October the peak season ends and November brings rains and cyclones. The air and water temperatures stay +28 to +30 °C. However, the visibility can be worse because of the waves, and in some places the decrease is significant.

Winter

Winter is even hotter but there is also more rain. The air temperature may drop to +19 or +23 °C, water warms up to + 28 °C. The diving season doesn't stop, although the visibility in some places is significantly worse.

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The Best Dive Sites

The most popular dive sites in Viti Levu Island are in Beqa Lagoon. There are great sites near Wakaya Island, Gau Island, Taveuni Island and in Namena Marina Reserve which is home for marine turtles and more than 400 species of coral. Yellow wall dive site with six large tops covered with corals is at the Great Astrolabe Reef near Kadavu.

Health & Safety

Healthcare is rather good in Fiji, however, in case of serious injuries or diseases you will need to be evacuated. Prior to your trip, you should vaccinate yourself against measles, parotitis, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, A and B hepatitis. Be careful: there was an outbreak of meningococcal disease in the country.
Fiji is generally safe, standard safety measures are necessary, however, driving at night is not recommended because of bad lighting and poor road conditions.

Dangerous Marine Life

The waters of Fiji are home for silvertip sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, reef sharks, bull sharks, hammerhead sharks and nurse sharks. All of them are potentially dangerous so diving with the sharks and feeding them is only for experienced divers. There are also pterois, moray eels, sea snakes, triggerfish and several species of toxic corals.

Eat & Drinks

Fiji's national cuisine is based on seafood, different roots and coconuts.
The dish offered by locals to all tourists is called Kokoda. It is tender white fish, pickled in lime juice, mixed with fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, several kinds of pepper, spiced and dressed with coconut milk.
A lot of dishes are cooked in lovos (underground ovens). Lovo is also a name of the delicious dish: meat pickled in garlic sauce with onions and taro leaves and roots is dressed with coconut cream, wrapped in foil and baked in lovo for 2 or 3 hours.
One of the famous drinks is kava. It is made from the kava root which has the same effect as alcohol. It is healthy and can be bought everywhere. It is recommended to drink only bottled water in this country.

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