Where Is Fiji and why should I go?
In the heart of the tropical Pacific, Fiji is a island chain of many flavors. Known as the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji is also known across the dive fraternity for its shark diving, especially Beqa Lagoon, the best Bull Shark dive in the world. Fiji has a little something for all divers, novice to expert, there are many tranquil lagoons, where shallow reefs offer an ideal practice area, while outside the reef currents can push with a ferocious speed, and while these creating the corals to bloom and the waters to become nutrient rich, there are many dives only applicable for experts.
When To Go?
The dive season in Fiji is year round, however most divers tend to visit the islands from July to December as the visibility is the best in the Fijian winter. The water is at its coolest then, yet realistically will average 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) in the winter. For that reason divers will be comfortable in at least a 5mm wetsuit. Visibility in the winter months can be as impressive as 50 metres (150 feet).
November to April are the summer months in the Fijian islands, and waters can reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). While the water is warm the visibility drops these months due to cyclones and increased sediment from river run off.
To miss the tourist traps, visit the islands in the months of November, April and May. Although this is the wet season, the visibility is not usually compromised and in turn the plankton blooms will bring larger filter feeders such as whales and manta rays.
Some Dive Sites In Fiji
Choosing to dive via liveaboard is a huge advantage in Fiji as many sites can only be accessed by boat. In addition the Fiji Aggressor has the ability to create luxury while divers can take advantage of the plethora of variety that the diving has to offer.
A spectacular area to dive, the Nigali Pass is home to a wide array of pristine coral species such as cabbage, dendronephthya and soft brain corals. Banded sea kraits can be seen swimming freely from coral to coral, a spectacular sight to behold.
One of the less visited islands of the Fijian archipelago, Kadavu is famed for its pristine hard coral and variety of marine life. The Great Astroabe Reef, the 4th largest reef in the world boasts a myriad of shallow as well as deep passages, pinnacles and shallow reefs where divers can explore the beautiful landscape while searching for mantas and other marine mega fauna.
A true paradise only properly experienced by liveaboard, Wakaya island is home to Blue Ridge, a world famous dive site where macro enthusiasts will enjoy a healthy population of critters and multiple invertebrates. Gem Stone and Wakaya Pass are sites more suited for the big fish lovers, where visibility can exceed 40 metres (130 feet) and nurse sharks, hammerheads and various species of ray can be seen gliding in the deep.
How To Get There?
Many international airlines will fly to Suva, Fiji. From the airport a transfer will transport passengers to the hotel and then the ferry for embarkation. Each guest will have to pay the port fee of 300 dollars; this includes the environmental levy and other park fees. You can also fly in to Nadi and then travel across the country to meet your vessel.