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Fiji

The soft coral capital of the world and it's true . . . . .
Overview:

Fiji consists of 322 islands (of which 106 are inhabited) and 522 smaller islets.  Here's the map.  The two most important islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.  Viti Levu hosts the capital city of Suva and is home to nearly three quarters of the population.

The diving season is year round but the choice is often between good visibility and cool water or warm water and calmer seas with less visibility.  June to October is the dry season when the visibility is the best, but it's also at its coldest and the winds kick up.  Water temperatures also suffer at this time of year and can drop to the low 70s.

Things start to improve in November when the water warms up, the winds die down, and the plankton blooms, but that lowers the visibility.  but this offers the best chances of seeing large plankton eaters. The best time to go depends on your preferences: warm, calmer, cloudy seas, or clear but cold water.

What to see:
  • Astrolabe Reef on Kadavu in the Southern Islands (45 minutes flight from Nadi) has fabulous hard and soft corals and excellent marine life.
  • Rainbow Reef in Northern Islands lies between Taveuni and Vanua Levu and has lots of scuba diving experiences including the Great White Wall (all white soft corals) and advanced drift diving through channels.
  • Two separate barrier reefs between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu in the north east of Fiji are assessable from Nananu-i-Ra and the Lomaiviti Group. This is a rich area fed by tradewind currents with excellent marine life including mantas and hammerheads as well as bommies and pinnacles in the lagoons.
  • Turtles nesting (Dec to March) 
Need to know:
  • Some resorts chose to close down during February and March
  • Targeted by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the earth’s most important marine ‘ecoregions’
  • A migratory pathway and breeding group for whales; Fiji’s exclusive economic zone became a whale sanctuary in 2003.
Useful stuff:
Language: English
Currency: Fijian $
Natural hazards: Cyclones & hurricanes (Dec to March)
Time: GMT +12
Climate: Tropical
Diving season: Year round
Water temperature: 25°C (77°F) in winter
29°C (84°F) in summer
Air temperature: June to Oct (68°F - 73°F)
Nov to May (73°F - 86°F)

South Pacific - Fiji: Latest User Reviews

TuiTai Adventure to heaven  Tui Tai, Fiji 5 Star Rating Added: 9th July 2014 by lomaland
Pros: Awesome adventure trip in paradise to amazing dive and snorkel sites. We snorkeled (via inflatable with two crew members) twice a day. Great trip for woman travelling alone. Rooms/leisure areas are very clean, comfortable and attractive. Boat passenger loads are typically light (like 4 people) unless a larger group...
Rat Infested Dangerous Dive Boat  Tui Tai, Fiji 1 Star Rating Added: 17th December 2013 by ksiddel
There are a lot of facts you should be aware of before signing up as a passenger on this boat some of them good some of them not so good. My wife and I spent a week aboard the Tui Tai in early October 2013. We booked the midrange stateroom...
Best Time Ever!!!  Beqa Lagoon Resort , Fiji 5 Star Rating Added: 1st April 2013 by iluvdiving
I have only place I have ever dove was in the Caribbean. This was a great experience. The corals were amazing and so abundant. The number of fish was unlike anything I have ever seen. The dive shop was very attentive to the whole dive group. They made sure we...
PADI CERTIFIED AT AGE 62 AND THRILLED IN FIJI  L'Aventure Dive Shop - Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji , Fiji 5 Star Rating Added: 3rd March 2013 by melaniechapman
Bula! That means “hello’ in Fijian. L’Aventure Dive Shop at the Jean-Michel Cousteau resort in Savusavu, Fiji, made a dream come true for us. Don Santee, lead expedition diver and film photographer for Coustea Expeditions, provided a safe and awesome diving experience that made a trip for the memory book....
Avoid Avoid Avoid  Island Dancer II, Fiji 1 Star Rating Added: 26th June 2012 by Taezar
I had been wanting to dive Fiji for as long as I have been diving, so when I had the opportunity to do so, I was incredibly excited. I decided to fork out the extra cash for a luxury cruise experience. What I experienced was so far from a luxury...
Subsurface, Plantation Island.  Subsurface Fiji, Musket Cove Marina, Fiji 1 Star Rating Added: 18th June 2012 by christine
The dive operator (Subsurface - Access from Plantation Island) lacked enthusiasm. Subsurface was essentially a shuttle to dive sites. It lacked a happy-hour feel to it. The dive guides did their job and pointed out stuff, but that was about it. - In addition to diving, Subsurface did not really...
Island Dancer-Fiji  Island Dancer II, Fiji 3 Star Rating Added: 26th March 2012 by CindyM
Fiji was an amazing place and we just loved it! The crew on the Island Dancer was excellent and did everything possible to make our stay safe & wonderful. The diving was excellent. The big disappointment was the boat. It does not look like the boat in all the pictures...
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