Spectacular dive sites are found across this 300 island nation. Hard and soft corals, caves and swim throughs, walls, pinnacles, amazingly diverse marine life that includes large pelagic species such as sharks and tuna, turtles and fish of all hues and sizes.
In some areas one can find wreck diving and unusual and rare creatures – a favorite with underwater photographers.
Dive operators and Fiji dive resorts, all with certified dive staff, will ensure your dive experience will be a memorable and safe one.
All of the these Fiji diving types: reef, wreck, muck and shark diving, can easily be done as a day trip while spending your evenings in luxury accommodations, dining on gourmet meals and enjoying peaceful surroundings.
To experience the very best diving that Fiji has to offer, book aboard one of the excellent Fiji liveaboard cruises.
Land-based diving will allow you to visit any of the regions described below where you can also experience the local Fijian customs and traditional life.
For the underwater explorer and photographer, the crystal waters of Fiji’s virgin reefs and magnificent lagoons very often offer unmatched visibility.
Fiji Dive Tare the best way to book your diving, often with a discount over the purchase of individual dives.
Most resorts offer PADI dive courses including an introductory PADI Discover Scuba course for non-divers who want to learn to dive. Fiji is an amazing area, so if you have an interest in learning to dive, why not start in warm water filled with color and beautiful marine life?
Beqa Lagoon consists of over a hundred square miles of sea surrounded by approximately 190 miles of spectacular coral, Beqa Lagoon is one of the world’s largest barrier reefs.
Beqa (pronounced “Benga”) is thirteen kilometres south of Fiji’s Viti Levu Island (the one with the International airports) and north of Kadavu Island, Fiji.
Diving these calm protected waters is like exploring another world. The water is clear and warm, visibility is typically between 50 and 100 feet, currents are generally mild. When diving in Beqa Lagoon you can expect a water temperature of around 79°F/26°C most of the year.
Beqa diving also includes wreck dives & shark dives.
Due to the special knowledge and equipment necessary to run shark dives in safety, the resorts’ dive staff do not undertake shark diving themselves – all resorts use the same specialty dive operator for shark diving.
On Fiji shark dives you can see up to 8 species of sharks, Silvertip Sharks, Tawny Nurse Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Bull Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and Tiger Sharks. The Fiji Shark Dive is located within the boundaries of Shark Reef Marine Reserve. This reserve was established specifically for the conservation of the sharks. Shark dives are not offered evey day, so be sure to reserve in advance.
Beqa Lagoon diving is accessible from resorts on Beqa Island and from the south coast of Viti Levu near Pacific Harbor.Somosomo Strait Diving
The Somosomo Strait (not “straight”) is a narrow stretch of water between Taveuni Island and Vanua Levu Fiji connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Koro Sea.
Currents can be moderate to very strong so dive operations must plan dives in the Somosomo Strait around the direction and strength of the current. The currents in the Strait bring nutrients from the ocean to feed an abundance of marine life.
This area is particularly famous for the abundance of soft corals, but there are also many reef fishes, barracuda, manta rays, blue ribbon eels, sharks and sea turtles.
To fully appreciate the beauty of these soft corals, one must dive when the current is up and in the right direction. Otherwise the soft corals retract to become fist sized lumps that are hardly noticeable.
Somosomo Strait diving is accessible from many resorts on Taveuni Island, Matangi, Qamea and Vanua Levu. Most resorts offer full day trips to the area as these reefs are farther from the resort where there are also local dive sites available nearby. A few resorts offer diving in Somosomo with only a 15-20 min. boat ride. Check the “Diving Details” at the bottom the specific page for each dive resort to find the length of dive boat rides to the area.
Kadavu Island is Fiji’s 4th largest island located about 100km south of the main island of Viti Levu. Although a large island it is sparsely populated and off the beaten track for most tourists and divers.
The Kadavu area is one of the world’s premier diving locations offering a large diversity of coral structures and marine life. Currents are normally moderate to light.
The north and south of Kadavu are quite different and are widely separated.
Reefs in the north are bursting with soft corals, reef fishes and small creatures. In the north one can see sharks, nudibranchs, sea snakes, grouper.. a great diversity of marine life.
While in Kadavu, dive Manta Reef – A very special dive and one of the few places in the world where manta rays can be seen regularly.
You’ll hardly ever see another dive boat whilst you explore all of the diverse passages and outer reef sites the Great Astrolabe Reef has to offer.
The hard and soft corals are stunning, the fish diversity is enormous and encounters with pelagics and sharks are the norm rather than the exception.
The Great Astrolabe Reef and the diving on the north of Kadavu is only accessible from resorts located on Kadavu Island.