The waters of Fiji will beckon you with sparkling sapphire brilliance and the promise of underwater delights. It’s a diver’s paradise with an array of options on hand. If it’s an easy dive or a quick snorkel you want, you won’t have to travel far from the main tourist areas. The abundance of sea life and calm, clear waters will welcome you in.
But if you yearn for more daring or remote dives, there are plenty of providers ready and willing to take you further afield for a unique experience. Either way, get set for a sub-aqua adventure in the South Pacific.
Diving For All
The diving options are so accommodating that even kids can get in on the action. With easily accessible sites and calm waters aplenty, parents can enjoy a relaxing dive knowing their brood are nearby, being catered for by tour operators. Young and old will delight in discovering Fiji’s marine biodiversity.
There are also a plethora of spots for beginners who want to master the basics, including Tui’s Reef off Beachcomber Island Resort. Meanwhile, experienced divers can navigate more challenging sites or take a diving course and get their certification while on holiday.
It’s the Pacific currents that make Fiji’s diving so magnificent. These currents sweep nutrients along the ocean floor attracting the best marine dwellers of the deep blue. Add to this clear and transparent waters and you’ve got possibly the best underwater visibility anywhere in the world.
Fiji is known as the ‘soft coral capital of the world’ and you’ll realise why when you bob your head under water and see the colour explosion of coral in bloom. Some of the best spots include Gotham City, named for its resident bat fish, and Namotu Wall, which promises reef sharks, turtles and schools of Barracuda among the coral.
Diving is big in Fiji year-round. However there are a few seasonal nuances worth noting. Visibility is usually best from July to December when cooler waters roll round and plankton numbers are lower, so it’s better for diving. But if you want to make the most of the famed Fijian weather make sure you visit around April and May or October and November. The warmer weather is usually better for snorkelling as the waters are balmier and the surf is not as big.
Take your pick from a smorgasbord of diving sites in Fiji. The Salamander Shipwreck offers an interesting exploration of a 30-metre cruise ship while Bird Rock’s dramatic sheer plunging wall offers unique swim-throughs and caves littered with soft corals and fish. There’s also a B26 American bomber plane for those who like to mix diving with history.
But the most talked about site is the Supermarket. What’s on the Supermarket shelves you wonder? Hopefully, not you. This site delivers one of the world’s most famous shark encounters where you can dive with them while watching the sharks being fed by experienced Fijian divers.
Above Water Rewards
Let’s face it, you can’t explore the depths of the sea 24 hours a day, so when planning your snorkelling or diving holiday it’s important to consider what else the location has to offer. With friendly locals on hand for tips on hikes and nature tours, palm-fringed beaches and fresh tropical feasts; Fiji is as spectacular above land as it is below.