Fiji boasts some of the world’s best dive spots. Warm water, great visibility and a myriad of beautiful coral and colourful fish – it doesn’t get much better for the dive enthusiast!
Fiji’s reefs offer an amazing diving experience. From swimming alongside schooling fishes and large pelagics to weaving among shallow soft coral laden with bommies, Fiji has it all. Spanning 1.3 million square kilometres, the Fijian archipeligo encompasses one of the most expansive reef systems in the world. From wild advanced current dives in shark infested passages, to calm and sheltered beginner dives along shallow, sandy bottomed patches. Barrier reefs, atolls, patch reefs, channels, passages and fringing reefs offer everything divers at all levels of experience could wish for.
First time divers
Fiji offers plenty of perfect diving spots for first time or inexperienced divers.
If you don’t have a dive certificate – don’t worry as most resorts offer dive certification courses onsite. Ask us for more information about Fiji dive certification.
When is the best time to dive in Fiji?
Diving in Fiji is excellent all year round because it is not affected by land run off or large scale weather shifts. During summer (December – March) the water temperature sits between 27-30°C (75-80°F). Higher water temperatures do increase the oceanic plankton growth which can reduce visibility however only the fussiest of divers would notice. During winter (June – September) the water water temperatures drops to a comfortable 24-27°C (70-75°F). Visibility of more than 100ft (30m) is better during the cooler months.
Places to dive in Fiji
Kadavu Region Diving
The North Astrolabe lagoon offers close proximity to some excellent diving just off the main island of Viti Levu.
This barrier reef is the perfect example of Fiji’s amazing soft corals and your likely to see large pelagic species, schooling barracudas and turtles. Hosting many dive sites, the reef is one of the places where manta ray encounters are common. Divers can explore numerous channels and passages while viewing pristine coral formations teeming with tropical fish.
There is about 25 nm of open water from NE Beqa to Usbourne Passage beforeyou enter into the lee of the Kadavu reefs and the entrance into the North Astrolable lagoon.
There are great waterfalls on the southern side of Kadavu Island in Kadavu village.
Kadavu Region Resorts :
The Great Astrolabe Reef Diving
The fourth largest reef in the world, the Great Astrolabe encircles the celestial Kadavu island group creating a natural protective lagoon.
Approximately 100km South of mainland Fiji, the Great Astrolabe Reef is remote and untouched. Famous for offering some of the best diving, snorkelling, and fishing on the planet.
Only metres from the shore, you’ll discover the reef’s spectacle of colours, diversity of marine life and wondrous coral gardens. The more adventurous traveller need only venture a little further to encounter turtles, swim with manta rays and admire the majesty of whales, during the season.
Kadavu Region Resorts :
Shark Reef Marine Reserve Diving, Pacific Harbour
This hard coral reef just off Vitu Levu’s south coast is where guided shark encounters take place. More than 8 shark species frequent this reef including bull sharks, tawny grey nurse sharks, white-tip, black-tip and grey reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, silvertips and the occasional tiger shark.
Pacific Harbour Resorts :
Beqa Lagoon Diving
Situated off the coast of Vitu Levu’s Coral Coast, this large lagoon has nearly 100 different dive sites full of colourful reefs and alive with tropical fish, multi-hued soft coral and other marine life. The water is generally calm, clear and warm.
Resorts near Beqa Lagoon diving :
Namena Marine Protected Reserve Diving, Savusavu
This magnificent barrier reef is a protected marine reserve populated by brilliant soft corals, invertebrates and a variety of hard corals. It hosts several dive sites with bommies and pinnacles. You’re likely to see a few sharks and other pelagics, and may even spy garden eels in the sand.
Resorts near Namena Marine Reserve diving :
- Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
- Qamea Resort and Spa
- Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa
- Nukubati Resort
- Namale Resort
Somosomo Strait Diving, Taveuni
A couple of renowned dive sites occupy the narrow passage between Vanua Levu and Taveuni. You can swim through tunnels of soft corals and cruise walls with brilliant displays of white soft corals with colourful sea whips, gorgonian fans, sponges and crinoids. Look for pelagics off the wall and lionfish, octopus and morays in the shallows.
Resorts near Somosomo Strait diving :
Bligh Waters Diving
Between Fiji’s two main islands, the dive sites here are best visited by liveaboard. The water movement through the channels bring in nutrients to support a large array of marine life, from tiny fish to large predators.
Resorts near Bligh Waters diving :
- VOMO Island Resort
- Tokoriki Island Resort
- Mana Island Resort
- Plantation Island Resort
- Tropica Island Resort
- Paradise Cove Resort
- Blue Lagoon Resort
- Turtle Island Resort
- Yasawa Island Resort
- Navutu Stars Resort
- Nanuya Resort
North & West of Viti Levu Diving
The best for casual and relatively new divers this area offers easy diving with very few currents. Most sites are relatively shallow and you’ll see schools of small colourful fish.
Resorts near the Viti Levu diving
- Shangri-La Fijian Resort
- Nanuku Resort and Spa
- The Warwick
- Hideaway Resort
- InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
Fiji Diving Photos
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