Discover the soft coral capital of the world
Asking someone where the best place to dive in Fiji is like asking a parent to choose their favourite child, there is no right answer. Home to the “Great Astrolabe Reef” and known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, Fiji boasts a magnificent selection of dive sites amongst the myriad islands. Fiji is made up of 333 islands and atolls, each one surrounded by fascinating coral reefs. There are over 10,000 square kilometres of coral reef offering unique diving experiences with thousands of exotic fish species and hundreds of different coral and sponges. Beyond the coral reefs divers can venture into reef passages and swim alongside a range of shark species. Fiji has a shark dive site that is considered to be the best in the world. You won’t question that statement for a second when you dive deeper and get to know the Grey Reef, Silvertip, Hammerhead and White Tips predators of the sea!
The weather and water conditions in Fiji make diving an experience to be enjoyed all year round! At best, visibility can reach up to 50 metres with an average of 20-30 metres throughout the year! Visibility is at its prime between July and December with most diving visitors holidaying between April and October. These are the winter months in Fiji, meaning the water temperatures are cooler averaging around 25°C.
Where to dive & what you’ll see
To get the most out of your Fijian diving experience, location is key. Though Fijis islands are all surrounded by gorgeous reefs and exotic marine line, some areas are better than others. If you’re staying in Denarau, one of the tourist sectors of Viti Levu, you’ll find the busy port area doesn’t offer much when it comes to off-shore diving. However, the Port Denarau Marina is packed full of daily cruise options to venture away from the mainland to pristine locations such as the Mamanuca & Yasawa Islands. The large Mamanuca Lagoon is a great location for novice divers. The waters are shallow and calm with plenty of coral to explore. However, the outer edges of the lagoon, on the ocean side, offer a completely different diving experience. The Barrier Reef here is home to a number of reef passages that are frequented by dolphins, shark species, turtles and fish species. Some of the best diving sites around the Mamunca Islands include the Namotu Wall, an abundance of sharks, schools of fish and turtles on the edge of a 1,000 metre drop into the ocean, and Castaway Passage, a large gap in the outer Barrier Reefs that is home to manta rays, sharks, marlin and other pelagic fish. Off the south coast of the mainland, premier Fiji diving location Beqa Island & Lagoon is fringed with one the world’s largest barrier reefs. With calm, and clear waters, you can experience all kinds of diving here including reef diving, shark diving and wreck diving! Some of the best sites include the wreck dive at Carpet Cove, named to reflect the abundance of anemones and clown fish around the Japanese fishing boat that sunk 12 years ago, and Fantasy, a vibrant site with giant sea fans, anemones and coral heads that come to life under the sunlight. Beqa Lagoon is also home to the best shark dive in the world which is a diving experience like no other. The dive takes place within the Shark Reef Marine Reserve on the fringes of the lagoon where you can swim alongside and feed 8 different shark species including bulls, tigers, sicklefin lemons, silvertips, grey reefs, whitetip reefs, blacktip reefs and tawny nurses. Head to Kadavu Island group, south of the mainland, for passages, walls, pinnacles and caves amongst the Great Astrolabe Reef. Plunge beneath the surface at Yasawa Islands for a diverse marine environment home to both hard and soft corals, turtles, reef sharks and eagle rays. Dive in Taveuni where the ‘Garden Isle’ nickname is evident even underwater with the flourishing colourful and healthy corals.
Diving enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Fiji. To find out more about Fijis incredible diving opportunities, get in touch with our Fiji Holiday Experts today!