27 °C / 80 °F
30 meters+ / 100ft+
Skin / 3mm / 5mm
Best time travel
Recommended dive sites
Beqa Lagoon: Big Fish Encounter
Kadavu: Great Astrolabe Reef,The Far Side, Split Rock
Taveuni: Garden Island, Rainbow Reef
Koro Sea: E6, Nigali Passage
Above water activities
Traditional Kava ceremony, Bouma Waterfalls, island-hopping, kayaking
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Dazzling white coral sands, clear blue seas, magnificent waterfalls and high peaks combined with an impressive collection of extraordinary dive sites makes Fiji travel perfect for a diving adventure.
The Fijian islands are covered with a lush canopy of thick green vegetation, where trees vastly outnumber people and only about 100 of the islands are inhabited. Once you get away from the more touristy areas you will encounter a way of life that is as relaxed and romantic as any that can be found; many traditions have remained intact and today’s visitor can observe time-honored traditions, explore ancient relics, experience well-preserved cultures and share in past legends as they are retold around the kava bowl, Fiji’s traditional ceremonial and social drink. Or watch a performance of the traditional meke or fire walking dances; it is like time-traveling to centuries past and is not to be missed. Elsewhere, bili-bili rafting down a jungle river on a bamboo craft will get your adrenaline going whereas colorful outdoor marketplaces as those found in Fiji’s larger towns are an example of times long passed. A rare and treasured find whose intangible magic separates it even from the most beautiful and exciting dive destinations in the world. So not exactly like say Caribbean Diving resorts, but just as beautiful, less touristy and more authentic. Fiji vacations, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life, offer some of the world’s best diving in a wildly romantic setting.
Lagoons are a feature of the islands, with incoming currents bringing clear sea water into the lagoons and outgoing currents removing any cloudy lagoon water. Often the water remains shallow until some distance from shore. This means that the shorelines are great for adults and children alike to go snorkeling and swimming. It may seem that the above-water delights of the islands would be hard to beat, but the underwater world of fish and coral is a diver’s dream come true. Much of Fiji diving remains unexplored, so the rewards for those who are prepared to venture further afield are fantastic. The seas surrounding the islands of Fiji are known world-over for their glorious and colorful soft corals and rich diversity of fish and invertebrates. Dozens of superb reefs rank amongst the finest dive sites in the world. Coral outcrops known as ‘bommies’ rise from the ocean floor or the walls of the reef, mushrooming into fantastic shapes. These in their turn provide yet another substratum on which the soft corals ‘bloom’ – draped over every ledge, filling each crevice with a profusion of vibrant living color. Bulging brain corals, the fantastic lacy filigrees of fan corals and the flower-like blossoms of soft corals adorn this underwater landscape. Fabulous as the soft corals are, there is much more to Fiji diving. Most notably, Pacific Harbor at the island of Beqa now offers some really world-class shark diving and also some great wreck diving.
Fed by the nutrient rich waters of the Tonga Trench, Fiji’s remarkable marine life embodies all the elements that make Fiji’s reefs such an incredible dive. Visions of vibrantly-colored soft corals covered by dense schools of fairy basslets are just one of the mesmerizing effects that this dream destination has on divers. When you dive Fiji, you immerse yourself in a colorful underwater playground. Fiji’s marine realm is as marvelous as nature can be. One of the reasons why Fiji enjoys the tag “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, and is deservedly rated as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world, is that strong currents sweep through the islands twice a day, the perfect medium for the growth of corals in very color of the rainbow. Conditions and underwater sights vary greatly and while some places are tranquil and great for learning, most sites will enjoy some current, ranging from barely perceptible to very strong. It is this presence of current that makes the scuba diving in Fiji so rich: sharks, rays and 1000 species of fish to the vivid rainbow of soft corals, sea stars and myriad shrimp.
Sharks are central to the spiritual traditions of the island’s native people – in ancient times, a shark god was highly esteemed – and today, many varieties can be seen. Guided shark feeding dives conducted in the waters off Pacific Harbor will take your breath away and these moments with the lords of the ocean are truly awe inspiring. In the waters off Kadavu, another island south of Viti Levu, schooling hammerheads and gray reef sharks are common sights in the Great Astrolabe Reef. That area constitutes the one of the world’s largest barrier reefs. But Fiji’s marine biodiversity also includes other animals of all shapes, hues and sizes, from huge humpback whales and majestic manta rays to turtles and ghost pipefish.
Then there are the Tonga Humpback Whale Expeditions; in July the Nai’a liveaboard sets sail for Tonga in a unique quest to discover and follow Humpback Whales. The main focus of the trips is to swim and snorkel with the Humpbacks at every available opportunity, and with any other cetaceans, such as dolphins, that are encountered. It is envisaged that there will also be an average of at least one conventional dive per day. The time spent traveling will be either at night or moving with the whales. Cruises last ten days and begin and end in Tonga’s capital city Nuku’alofa.
Imagine the most romantic holiday of your life, you may be planning a honeymoon or want to reaffirm your vows, all inclusive honeymoon packages to Fiji should be high on your list. Fiji luxury vacations offer the best of two worlds, above and below water. Scuba Dive Asia offer all inclusive honeymoon packages to Fiji, where you can wallow in the most romantic settings and where your daily stresses and obligations seem a million miles away. Whatever it is you are looking for, Fiji vacation packages are designed to cater to your every wish
VISA Holders of passports from visa exempt countries are granted visitors visas valid for 4 months on arrival. Extensions can be made up to 6 months on condition that they hold a valid passport (valid for 3 months) beyond the intended period of stay in Fiji, outward ticket and sufficient funds to facilitate duration of stay.
LANGUAGE The principal languages are Fijian and Hindustani. English is widely spoken and is also taught in schools.
TIME GMT +12
CURRENCY The official currency is the Fijian Dollar, or FJD.
Exchange facilities are available at the airport, at trading banks, at private exchange offices and at most hotels. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at a number of establishments. Major international cards are accepted at ATMs. Traveller's cheques attract a rate slightly higher than cash and are easily changed at banks (for a commission) and private exchange offices (often without commission).
CLIMATE Tropical. Southeast trade winds from March to November bring dry weather. The rainy season is from December to April.
VACCINES A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving within 10 days of leaving infected areas. Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please check with your embassy or consulate, as well as with a knowledgeable doctor, for detailed information on current health issues.
ELECTRICITY 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs used are Australian-style with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade.
AIRPORT TAX The international departure tax is included in ticket prices.