Fiji boasts some of the best diving in the world. The warm sunny climate, inviting waters and excellent visibility combine with the abundant marine life, colourful coral and tropical fish to create some of the most incredible diving conditions on the planet.
Whilst every dive is different, each is equally enjoyable and rewarding and the friendly, professional staff make you feel totally safe. Proving that the 'seen one, seen them all' attitude does not apply to the diving areas of Fiji, the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides ensure you don't miss a minute of the fun.
If you are already dive certified then you cannot miss out on diving in Fiji, however if you aren't already certified this doesn't mean you have to either! If you're not sure whether diving is for you, why not try a free trial in your resort pool? If you're keen to get out into the crystal waters of the Pacific take an introductory dive to get your sea legs (or lungs) with many resorts offering dive activities and experiences.
1. Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
3. Kadavu Island
4. Vatulele Island
5. Mamanuca Islands
6. Makongai Island
The best time for diving is between the months of April and October but from early June to late August the ocean water cools drastically, so thick 3mm wetsuits are ideal. Dive costs vary from F$65 to F$130.
Just outside Savu Savu lays the ideal dive spot off Jean Michel Cousteau Resort that will delight experienced divers and first timers alike. The beach angles on to the sandy ocean floor which gives way to a smattering of brommies (coral heads). Mystery Reef won't remain a mystery for long as you explore the massive hard corals that slope to a garden of many soft corals and loads of brommies. Further outside these reefs you'll be mesmerised by huge sea fans and stunning soft coral gardens.
You won't believe your eyes at Fan Fair, which takes its name from the coral brommies that are covered over with sea fans. The swim-throughs are an entertaining playground to share with the abundant marine life hiding among the plant life. Dream House is the spot for big, friendly fish and playing eye spy with schools of batfish. Big Blue features a drop-off and the huge gorgonians, dotted with feather stars, aren't shy about checking you out just as much as you're checking them out.
Only 35 minutes from the Great Sea Reef, on the north side of Vanua Levu, lays the 3rd largest barrier reef on earth. Fish Wall plays host to pelagics and reef sharks, while June to December is the best time to spot an impressive amount of manta rays.
The island of Taveuni is the top soft coral destination in the world and is located on the Somosomo Strait. Here you'll find currents to which soft coral growth is attributed to. Rainbow Reef is also a popular spot because of its pretty coral garden.
The legendary Great White Wall is known as one of the most desired dives on the planet and out-going tides bring reef sharks, barracuda and eagle and manta rays to The Zoo.
If you're looking for gorgeous coral heads, Annie's Brommie is sure to please while The Corner is chock full of interesting fish. Taveuni Island Resort is excellent accommodation for mad keen divers as it has its own 40 ft catamaran that departs daily for two laid-back dives spread out between lunch on the beach and a snorkelling expedition.
Vatulele has it all, from drift dives on The Blue Wall and rainbow coral at The Aquarium. Outer Limits is another with a ledge that is frequented by stingrays and nearby Beqa Lagoon is a 17 mile labyrinth of tunnels and mazes.
The Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups are an exotic diving hotspot suitable for all interests and skill levels. Also home to some of the world's most noted dive locations, experienced divers will love the Malolo Barrier Reef's famous Supermarket, renowned for its shark encounters, majestic Gotham City (so named due to the resident batfish) as well as a plethora of other marine life including staghorn and elkhorn coral and the inquisitive moray eels. Close encounters of the big fish kind are to be had at Big W where you can get up close and personal with mantas and sharks.
The PADI center on Castaway Island is the only resort-owned dive centre in Fiji . Night dives are available however 'family' dives are extremely popular, with children given the opportunity to go out on a dive boat and learn snorkelling or explore the waters in the 'spyboats' while parents dive.
The sea surrounding Makongai Island is protected by the government due to the location of a clam farm and turtle hatchery nearby. The fish and coral thrive in this protected area. The colour of the coral is amazing and varieties of fish, truly unbelievable. Some massive clams can also be found when diving in the warm waters off Makongai Island.
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