Scuba Diving in Fiji
Fiji scuba diving highlights include a fantastic variety of
colorful soft corals, a wealth of marine life, lots of specialist
scuba diving resorts and live-aboard dive charters as well as
excellent snorkeling off the beach.
The Fiji archipelago is encircled by a huge reef. Within its
protected waters are shallow lagoons, steep drop off's, and thousands
of scuba dive sites. Most areas are easy to get to with plenty
of resorts offering scuba diving scattered around the islands.
Sea temperatures are incredibly warm - typically 25C in winter
(May to Nov) and up to 30C in summer at depths of 5 meters. Visibility
is also excellent with depths of 40 meters not unusual. The best
diving conditions are early morning before the winds pick up.
Heavy rainfall in the summer can obscure visibility off the main
islands with river run-off.
Where to go scuba diving in Fiji
Mamanuca dive sites can easily be accessed by boat (20 minutes
or so) from the Nadi Airport area on the main island of Viti
Levu. Several resorts in the Nadi Area offer full diving facilities
and there are numerous day packages for snorkeling and diving.
The Mamanucas have shallow lagoons with hollows and bommies with
excellent marine life. There are some interesting caves to explore
notably Sawa-i-Lau in the Yasawa
World famous Astrolabe Reef and Beqa Lagoon in the Southern
Islands include numerous soft corals, reef bommies and passages.
Small secluded dive resorts accessible only by boat. Lush rainforest
and tropical beaches. Humid and wet at times. Very traditional
Fijian lifestyle and culture. Beqa Lagoon can be accessed by
boat (1 hour plus) from the Coral Coast on the main island of
Viti Levu. Several resorts along the Coral Coast offer full diving
facilities and daily access to the Lagoon and beyond.
World famous Rainbow Reef in the Northern Islands (between Taveuni
and Vanua Levu) with advanced drift diving through channels.
Numerous smaller reefs around Vanua Levu, Taveuni,
and Matagi with abundance of soft and hard corals and excellent
marine life. The Northern Islands have been developed for eco-touism
as well as diving and the regions outstanding mountains, rainforests
and waterfalls are all relatively accessible with tours and trails
to the major attractions. Humid and wet at times.
Two separate barrier reefs between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu
in the north-east of Fiji are accessible from Nananu-i-Ra and
the Lomaiviti Group. Rich area fed by tradewind currents with
excellent marine life including mantas and hammerheads as well
as bommies and pinnacles in the lagoons. A handful of small island
resorts, some very luxurious. Also accessible by charter dive
boats that explore some of the unexplored areas of these huge
reefs. Shipwrecks can be explored around the old Colonial capital
of Levuka on Ovalau. Mostly sunny.
Fiji Scuba Diving Emergencies
In cases of diving emergencies, divers will be taken by sea,
road or low flying air to the Fiji Recompression Chamber Facility
in Suva. Charges vary according to circumstances so it is best
to have adequate insurance cover. At some of the smaller budget
resorts cowboys do exist, so choose carefully and if you're a
beginner, don't jump to the chance of diving without proper PADI
Surfing in Fiji
Surfing Fiji has a renowned reputation amongst the international
surf community. The rave here is exciting reef breaks (not for
beginners), secluded locations and the traditional Fijian hospitality.
Most reef breaks around the islands are accessed only by boat
so whilst this keeps the crowds down, it also puts the cost up.
Specialist Fiji surfing resorts are found on Viti Levu, Mamanucas
and Southern Islands. For the complete surfing Fiji experience,
several live-aboard surf charters operate around the islands.
Fiji Surfing Guide - where to go
The only decent beach breaks for beginners are on the south
coast of Viti Levu, the main island. Sigatoka has the most reliable
breaks although undercurrents can be dangerous. There is surfing
off the coast at Hideaway although only 1 hour each side of high
tide and undercurrents are dangerous. Natadola Beach is good
for body surfing and there are a few breaks off Suva, the capital,
where locals will point the way.
Best time April to December. If bringing surf boards into the
country, check first with your airline carrier for baggage restrictions
and excess costs. Local airlines will only carry surf boards
with advance warning and will charge extra.
Several good surf shops can be found in Nadi Town and Suva.
Boards are reasonbaly priced and there's a good selection of
accessories. Specialist surf resorts have spare boards for rent.
Sport Fishing in Fiji
Fiji has practically virgin fishing waters of great promise.
With or without a boat, whether you try fly fishing, bait casting,
spearfishing, or head for the deep seas, Fiji offers a variety
of catch. In the deep, outer reef passages are black marlin,
blue marlin and sailfish, occasional striped marlin and broadbill.
The waters around Vatulele and Beqa islands off the Coral Coast
have yielded large marlin and other species, some just under
record size. July and August are ideal for big wahoo (up to 150
Ib). In a single day, anglers have caught 12 wahoo weighing 90
to 96 Ib, four dolfini (20-50 Ib), a 50 lb barracuda and a I00
lb shark. Smaller game angling for jack crevalle (saga), barracuda
(ogo), king mackerel (walu), yellow fin tuna (yatu) and dolfini
can be enjoyed all year round on the Coral Coast.
A lot of good
bait casting and spinning is available without a boat. A stroll
along the shallow flats, estuaries and mangrove
streams can harvest a good crop of barracuda, sea breem, salmon
cod, mangrove snapper and jack from 2 to 12 Ib. Freshwater
streams and rivers on the main islands are light tackle grounds.
droka, the wily jungle perch, are taken up to five lb. Hand
line fishing, nite line fishing, light tackle fishing, trolling
big game fishing are all popular at most of the Fiji resorts.
You can also try your luck at spearfishing with the natives
along the coral reefs at low tide.
Fiji has some great spots for game fishing and a number of excellent
fishing charters. The deep channels around the rich reefs of
Beqa in the Southern Islands are one of the best spots for wahoo,
marlin, yellow fin tuna and dolphin fish. The area is assessable
by staying on the tiny island of Nagigia right in the Southern
Islands at Nagigia Resort which offers deep sea fishing or from
the south coast of Viti Levu, the main island, where several
day charters are available at Pacific Harbor (home of the country's
game fishing tournament in August) or at Waidroka Bay.
Another excellent area for game fishing is around the southern
Mamanuca Group. This popular holiday destination is geared up
for tourism and some of the resorts offer their own sports fishing
boats including Tokoriki Island Resort. There are several larger
game fishing charters operating from Denarau Marina, just outside
of Nadi on Viti Levu (just 15 minutes by boat to the Mamanucas)
and from Musket Cove Resort in the heart of the Mamanuca Group
Call our Fiji Vacation Specialists at - 888-554-6284
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