Fiji is an archipelago made up of more than 300 islands, located in south of the Pacific Ocean and seemingly cut off from other world by neverending water. Diving off Fiji means traveling a rather long way. Still, there’s a reason why Fiji is named the capital of soft corals; there’s such a huge variety of species, forms and colors that you just won’t find anywhere in the world and visibility can range up to 50 meters here! This is a place where you can take the best underwater pictures. If you’re an avid diving enthusiast and have never dreamed about Fiji, we’re not sure we believe you!
Diving off Fiji is possible all year round. During summertime, which lasts from November to May, water temperature reach 30 degrees Celsius. Winter lasts from July to October, with the warmest water temperatures being 22 degrees Celsius. Fiji is famous for its clear water and great visibility (from 30 to 50 meters), which can still reach its maximum even during the winter season.
Between the Vanua-Levy and Taveuni Islands is a reef boasting a spectacular array of full and vivid colors that’s likely to be the most beautiful reefs you’ve ever seen! The schools of reef fish lend to the spectacle, with surgeonfish, parrot-fish, barracudas and snappers among the teeming life of the reef. If you’ve ever seen truly striking and beautiful underwater pictures, it’s quite likely that they were taken at Rainbow Reef. There are many diving sites here, all adjacent to one other, with each offering opportunities to relish in the natural beauty so, no matter which dive site you choose, you’re bound to be excited by what you find!
23 meters down in the Somosomo bay, part of Rainbow Reef stretches downward and is known as the Great White Wall, with white-blue corals cover its entirety. It seems like some huge snowy mountain, with only the rustling of bubbles reminding you that you’re underwater. Striped angelfish, yellow zebra somas and pink anthiases appear rather striking against the white backdrop. The wall runs down 90 meters but, as the depth increases, the marine dwellers get smaller and the wall shifts from white to purple.
You ought to know that the beauty of Rainbow Reef and The Big White Wall can only be seen by experienced divers. Very strong currents run through these dive sites, so you should preferably leave your boat with negative buoyancy (with an already deflated BCD) and straight dive to a depth of 15 meters. Local dive guides will offer more specific instructions about diving in the local currents.
South of Viti-Levu (the main island of Fiji) is an island chain known as Kadavu. Divers Come here first and foremost to visit the Great Astrolabe dive site, the third biggest barrier reef in the world. Its exterior is ideal for wall diving, while drift diving is best done in the Nagoro region. Hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges, change their colors and patterns like pieces of glass within a kaleidoscope. Here everything reaches its maximum: maximum color, maximum variety and maximum enjoyment! It’s no surprise that the Great Astrolabe is so beloved by photographers, videographers and marine biologists
Check out the dive site at Manta Point, where these huge creatures will offer you companionship as you explore their reef. Depths start at 5 meters and divers of any level will get their fill. In this region you can find all manner of varieties of marine life: from tiny nudibranchs to gorgeous humpback whales. Diving here is some of the best in the world so getting a diver’s certificate back home or at one of diving centers on Fiji will prove the correct decision.
If you are a real thrill seeker, your path leads to the Beqa Lagoon. There you can see a show that doesn’t just leave one with bright memories, but also a fair few grey hairs! Just think about it; this is a place where 20 to 80 species of bull sharks can be found in one place! Not only are these shark species famous for attacking people, but you’ll be viewing them without a cage!
The show takes place at a depth of 18 meters. Divers take their positions on the bottom and their guides, armed with steel poles, open a box containing fish heads. Within seconds, the heroes of this show are attracted to the smell. You can imagine what happens after that but they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Such close contact with sharks is always a big risk but your experienced guides will have studied these species and know how to best behave with them. Unquestioningly following their instructions is sure to guarantee your safety.
We always hear the phrase “the paradise for divers” with regards to various places and countries, but nobody seems able to definitively say exactly where that place is in actuality. But we are sure that diving on Fiji will set a high bar and you will invariably come to compare your future dives with what you saw here. Fiji is a paradise and Fiji is a dream; a dream waiting to be realised by anyone who wishes to go!