Fantastic drifts, corals the size of trees and plankton masses that attract sharks of all sizes – these are all features of the adrenaline ride that is a scuba dive in Fiji, a weird and wonderful experience indeed.
Fiji lies between the tropic of Capricorn and the Equator, and is made up of some 300 small islands. Most of these islands are volcanic although several are coral or limestone outcrops. The inland scenery of these islands ranges from lush rain forest to low lying coral islands surrounded by stunning golden beaches.
The two main islands of Fiji are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which is where the majority of the population reside. The rest of the islands are distinct in their atmosphere and cultures so as to make much of this region worth visiting.
Like much of the South Pacific diving in Fiji is varied. However when it is good it is exceptional, and when it is bad, it is still better than most. This is an area of large soft corals the size of trees plastered all over reef systems. Plankton blooms during April and May, or November and December, which brings in feeding whalesharks and manta rays. However the visibility is inevitably impaired at these times. The drifts here are fantastic and can often take divers at high speed. But the thrill of the ride along with the excitement of being surrounded by jacks and sharks is so breathtaking that you don’t mind about the speed you are traveling at. The are is also renowned for its colourful marine life, hawksbill turtles, green turtles and a host of pelagic fish.
There are dive sites everywhere in Fiji, most just waiting to be discovered. And the islands themselves are full of friendly welcoming people, not a cannibal in sight!
Your arrival point and also the site of some great diving. Beqa Lagoon on the south eastcoast is the crater of an extinct volcano and measures ten miles across. There is an abundance of soft coral and large seafans.
This is the best way to access Fiji’s finest dive destinations. Rainbows End is rich with multihued soft coral. The Somosomo Straights. Here the soft corals are extremely prolific. Noel’s Wall is a cliff face that attracts numerous fish, dogtooth tuna, manta rays and sharks. The Great White Wall is world famous for its covering of white coral.
The site of the Purple Wall, which begins in about 9m and drops vertically to 24m. The surface of the wall is covered in soft purple coral. The wall can be found in the channel between Taveuni and Quamea.
Best known for two reefs, Astrolabe and Solo. However more recently two new reefs have been discovered, Namalata and Tavuki.