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To wet your apetite... An Overview of Scuba Diving in Fiji
Often referred to as the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji has way more to offer than its nickname implies. Although an amazing abundance of soft corals are found around Fiji, the islands also have some impressive hard coral structures and are excellent for both macro and pelagic marine life, including some thrilling shark dives.
When diving in Fiji, the starting point for most travelers is Vitu Levu, Fiji’s largest island. A lush green mountainous paradise, Vitu Levu also offers access to one of Fiji’s most exhilarating dives. The shark dive that can be arranged from Pacific Harbour is -by some divers- regarded as the best shark dive in the world, attracting up to eight different species of sharks. Somosomo Strait is another Fiji Diving Highlight. This channel between Taveuni and Vanua Levu is famous for its soft corals. Namena Marine Park is a protected barrier reef with a fantastic selection of both hard and soft corals. Just off Kadavu, the Great Astrolable reef attracts Fiji’s greatest concentration of manta rays. The beautiful selection of corals, and both small and large marine life makes Fiji diving excellent for underwater photography.
The seasons on Fiji can be divided into wet and dry season, with a few transitional months in between. The dry season, between June and October, usually offers better visibility, but the water temperature is colder, between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius, and winds can be stronger. The wet season runs from December to April, when the water temperature reaches anywhere up to 30 degrees Celsius, winds generally die down, and visibility is slightly less but still good.
Potential Dive Sites, Marine Life & Environment in Fiji
The Beqa Lagoon shark dive is by far the most famous and thrilling dive in Fiji. Some divers may even argue that it is the best shark dive in the world. Up to eight species of sharks can be encountered during the shark dives, including blacktip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, silvertip sharks and bullsharks.
The tidal currents of the Somosomo Strait have created an ideal environment for corals and other marine creatures to flourish. One of the results of this is the magnificent Rainbow Reef, a vertical drop that attracts a wealth of pelagic marine life. The Great White Wall is one of the most popular dive sites and owes its name to the white soft coral that covers the entire wall.
For swim through enthusiasts, Crazy Maze at Namalata Reef, jus off Kadavu, is a real treat. Up to 11 swim throughs follow one after the other through spectacular coral formations. Groupers, barracuda and turtles are frequent visitors in this area.
Ceasar’s Rocks, a popular dive site in Beqa Lagoon, consists of a collection of strikingly colorful coral bommies covered in soft coral. The topography offers an interesting variation of swim throughs, channels and tunnels. This site is heaven for underwater photographers, both wide angle and macro, since the site is home to a nice variety of nudibranchs and blennies.
Dive site E-6, in the Bligh Water’s Vatu-i-ra channel, is a pinnacle that is strategically located in a flow of nutrients that passes between the islands of Viti Levu and Vana Levu. Pelagic fish are attracted to the two sides of the pinnacle that are most subject to currents, whereas the protected sides of the sea mount are overgrown with beautiful soft coral and sea fans. A swim through called the Cathedral is a specific highlight of this dive.