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Written by Scuba Instructors ~ DIVEIN.com’s Complete Guide to:

The Best Diving in Fiji in 2021

Location

Fiji

Weather in Dominica

AVERAGE TEMP. — 25-30°C/77-86°F.

RAINFALL DAYS — 50-150mm/1.9-6inches

*Wet season is November until March, where rainfall is approximately 300mm/11.8inches, which usually comes in short and heavy downpours.

The peak tourist season is December-April, when the climate is drier, but still cooler than the hot summer months.

 

Water in Dominica

WATER IN TCI. — 24-28°C/75-82°F

Currency

Fijian Dollar

Language

English/ Native language is iTaukei 

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The author:

sylvia jenkins

Sylvia Jenkins

Scuba Instructor
Sylvia is a scuba instructor and underwater photographer

Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands with numerous barrier reef systems and dense marine life. It certainly has the criteria to be at the top of the world’s top diving destinations.

Particularly unique to Fiji, is its network of barrier reefs, connecting huge lagoons and islands together.

It’s in these connecting channels, that a significant amount of underwater life can be found. Among the encounters to be experienced, sharks are considered the main attraction, such as white-tip, hammerheads, greys, black-tip, tiger shark and nurse sharks.

Top Dive Sites of Fiji

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Kadavu Island

South of the main hub that is Viti Levu, lies Kadavu Island and its neighbouring Great Astrolabe Reef. Kadavu is significantly smaller than most of the more popular islands of Fiji, and in turn is a little less hectic with tourists. Surrounding all the islands in its natural lagoon is the Great Astrolabe Reef, the 4th largest reef system in the world! Thanks to this lagoon, with its deep ocean waters and shallow passageways, it is a popular breeding ground for the bigger fish such as marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi and sharks, and cleaning stations for mantas.

Pacific Voyager pacific voyager One of the few wrecks of Fiji, the Pacific Voyager was deliberately sunk in 1994 to make a reef system. It is located about half way on the northern side of Kadavu Island, sitting at approximately 25-30m. Although this wreck is not as vibrant and colourful as some of the other sites dotted around the region, it offers some different encounters!

What you will see

Sheltered out of the big blue and away from the bigger fish, the Pacific Voyager is thriving with critters and mini creatures and perfect for those itching to use their macro lens! If you’re getting bored as your buddy spends an entire dive fussing over one nudibranch, you can enter the wreck through the wheelhouse and perhaps the meet metre-long grouper who hangs around. The dive itself is relatively easy, but advance certifications are needed for the depths and for wreck penetrations.


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Yellow Wall

The seascape is characterised by a group of pinnacles, with depths ranging from a few feet/metres up to 100 feet. This makes Yellow Wall a good all-rounder, and possible to dive for any level. The tides do affect the currents here considerably, but your guide will know when to go and when to avoid Yellow Wall.

What you will see

The pretty pinnacles are decorated with multiple shades of yellow soft corals, slowly swaying in the currents. Yellow Wall has an abundance of local reef fish, such as boxfish, pufferfish, butterfly and magnificent angelfish. This comfortable dive site is a good one to start with if it’s been a while since your last dive, as the conditions are generally cruisy and introduce you to the reef regulars you can expect to see in Fijian waters.


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Broken Stone

Off the north western coastline of Ono Island, lies a collection of dive sites referred to as Alacrity Rocks, the most visited being Broken Stone. Characterized by a network of swim-throughs and mini caverns, Broken Stone is a diver’s playground paradise.

What you will see

As you weave through arches and under tunnels, you will see beautiful sun rays piercing down into the chamber, illuminating all the colourful marine life in nature’s spotlight. The four coral columns come out of the water so you can be comfortable knowing that there's always no overheads and the site can be enjoyed by all levels. Since Alacrity Rocks and Broken Stone have a more closed-off environment, it is mostly the reef fish and juveniles living in the area


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Manta Reef

If seeing mantas has been on your bucket list for god knows for how long, then you HAVE to go to Manta Reef. Or maybe you were just so mesmerized by these magnificent beasts--because who wouldn’t be--that you have to see them again! The top of the reef is around 45 feet and is basically a continuous system of hard corals, which act as cleaning stations for the mantas when they fly by.

What you will see

The mantas of Fiji might not be as humongous as their oceanic brothers, but their wingspan is still an impressive 11ft/3.5m. And you’d be forgiven if you can’t tell the difference, as their markers are miniscule. Manta Reef is generally low in current and has visibility over 50 feet, so there is the possibility for snorkelling and observing from the surface. But unlike their pelagic cousins, the whale shark, they aren't known to come close to the surface and your best bet is donning your scuba gear! Those that do may get treated to a rare encounter with a passing hammerhead or marlin!

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Beqa Lagoon

If you know nothing about diving in Fiji, chances are you recognise this name from the covers of diving magazines and making repeated appearances in top diving destinations! The reason for its success is down to a few reasons. Mainly Beqa Lagoon is easily accessible via dive boats from the main tourist hotspot, Viti Levu. Secondly, it is an interesting lagoon and coral formations that have created the ideal conditions for sharks, and such sensational shark diving it is!

Cathedral

cathedral shark feeding
Cathedral is one of top tourist attractions in Fiji, and most probably one of the most visited by diving tourists since, which is due to its sharks! Shark diving in Fiji is done via controlled chumming and feeding with professional and experienced guides. The dives are done earlier in the day, and most likely you’ll be coming from Beqa Island, so boat ride times are 30-40 minutes.

What you will see

If diving is your religion, then sharks must be the gods and so it seems fitting to name this site Cathedral. With the divers diligently on their knees, the mighty beasts float by in a pantheon of magnificence. The top dog here is the Tiger Shark, and guides say that it's not a matter of “if”, but “how many”. Along with masses of tigers, other sharks like black tips, nurses, bulls and lemons also join in. The dive itself is around 65-72ft/20-22m, so intermediate training is required and nitrox is definitely recommended!


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E.T

Divers come to Beqa Lagoon for the shark dive, but leave talking about the soft corals. Scattered around the lagoon are multiple sites, all with spectacular views and soft corals. Some non-shark sites include Caesar’s Rock, E.T, Fantasea.. Many of these sites have a similar layout of bommies and pinnacles, with depths of 15-30m, and have a kaleidoscope of corals weaving in and out of tunnels.

What you will see

E.T is a great site for divers who love to meander through tunnels and arches, getting lost in a labyrinth of swim-throughs. The seamound that creates this site is very large and usually divers return to E.T to see what other wonders are hiding in its nooks and crannies. Diving at E.T you will for sure need two things; 1 )an intermediate certification; The swim throughs can exit at depths different to those you entered in. And 2) a torch for guiding you through the tunnels. Having a reliable dive light means you can fully appreciate the amazing corals and inspect all curious critters living in the darkened crevices.

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Viti Levu & Northwest Islands

Being the biggest island of Fiji, you might think it best to stay here the longest, making Viti Levu your base as you visit other islands. But honestly, especially as a scuba diver, you probably do not want to hang out in the grand resorts, and to see the best diving spots means leaving the crowds.

Rakiraki

rakiraki fish and coral

A scenic 3 hour from the capital Suva, Rakiraki is in the northern corner of Viti Levu, and generally not on the main tourist trail. It's away-from-the-crowds and its proximity to Bligh Waters makes it a diver’s tropical and tranquil paradise. There are a range of dive sites, with easier, shallower dive just off the shore, to more demanding sites out in the passage (east of Rakiraki).

What you will see

Unlike the south (see Shark reef), Rakiraki has less sharks and much more of the smaller reef life and critters to encounter. With the sites around Rakiraki, you can never get bored as it is just absolutely bursting with colour and may feel like a kid in a candy shop. Fiji is often called the “soft coral capital” of the world, and it is here you can truly appreciate that. There are endless photographic opportunities, with dizzying views full of damselfish and kaleidoscopes of corals.


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Mellow Yellow

Situated nearly straight east from Rakiraki, on the edge of Bligh Waters, Mellow Yellow is a coral-crusted pinnacle/sea-mound. Thanks to its sloping depths of 15-100ft/5-30m and easy-breezy currents, it is a popular stop by Fijian liveaboards.

What you will see

Errr what will you not see??! Diving here is just beyond spectacular, and is a true wonder of natural beauty. Cruising along the reef, your view is just a constant stream of vibrant angelfish, anthias, wrasse, butterflies, clowns and damsels. And the backdrop to all of this is an abundance of yellow soft coral, amongst other magnificent corals. Remember when you're trying to capture every perfect photo moment, to just take a moment and really soak in the awesomeness of it all.

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Wheatfield

Another top-spot for liveaboards is Wheatfield, named after the huge patch of anemones which resemble wheat swaying in the wind. Being close to Mellow Yellow, it is very similar in both topography and marine life.

What you will see

The carpet of anemones is atop one of the sea stacks and can be loved by all levels. Traversing down the pinnacle, there are some small swim throughs and some interesting overhangs, so don’t forget your torch. Wheatfield is a little more exposed than Mellow Yellow, so you will feel a current, so be wary of the ledges and when going through arches. The Wheatfields are rich in elephant ears, bamboos, gorgonian fans, sea whips and, of course, anemone. Predominantly, the fish life is small to medium, with the biggest being jacks, angelfishes and trevallies. That’s not to say that a reef shark or a turtle aren’t common encounters too!

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Shark Reef

Perhaps after Bligh Waters (but not likely to be honest) you’re beginning to feel a little dizzy from being visually overstimulated and wouldn't mind a more mono-chromatic dive. Across the way from Pacific Harbour in the south of Viti Levu, is Shark Reef, which is one of the first stops when coming to Beqa Lagoon. Similar to Cathedral, Shark reef is a feeding-orentientated dive, where divers quietly watch and guides tactfully attract sharks to the area.

What you will see

At Shark Reef there is the chance to encounter up to 8 different shark species on dive, and whether you are for or against feeding, you can’t deny that seeing so many sharks is so awesome! Just twenty years ago, this area was barren and totally overfished. Now, thanks to national protective management and proper investments, life is slowly coming back to this part of the lagoon, to both small reef sharks and extra large tigers!


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Taveuni / Somosomo Strait

Somosomo Strait refers to the channel that comes between Taveuni Island to the southeast and the larger Vanua Levu to the northwest. It is in these waters that offers the best diving of Fiji, and the best example of why is it referred to as the “soft coral capital” of the world.

Great White Wall

This dive site is quintessential Fiji, the creme de la creme of the country. The Great White Wall is predictably a wall dive; the top of the reef is around 30ft/10m and goes to depths beyond 30m. There are some interesting swim-throughs and chimneys, which are all do-able, depending on your skill and the currents/tides.

What you will see
Not an inch of rock face is visible, as the entire wall is completely covered with Dendronephthya, the soft white fluffy coral. Diving along the wall feels like soaring above snow covered trees, and as you go deeper the white begins to glow a soft lavender purple. The swim-throughs and chimneys are a great chance to really inspect the corals away from the currents and see what critters call this iconic site home.

Fiji; the soft coral capital of the world!


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Rainbow Reef

Another spectacular Somosomo dive is Rainbow Reef, which is usually split into two sections, and it just depends on the currents which end you will begin at. Again a wall dive, the top of the reef is a very shallow 10ft/3m, but divers usually drop to around 50ft/15m. With visibility going way beyond 100ft/30m, a clear drop and a slight current, it can be easy to get pushed deep so remember to keep checking your computer!

What you will see

The corals are probably some of the most photographed in the world, with their scenes often plastered to the front of diving magazines; and for good reason! Rainbow reef is just as famous for its vibrant colours as it is for its variety of corals; Acropora, Table colours, Dendronephthya and brain boulder coral to name a few. Here fish life tends to be more subtle, so you’ll see pairs of butterflies and pufferfishes rather than schools.

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Fish Factory

Done as a drift dive, north to south or vice versa, Fish Factory is on the edge of a pinnacle of the Somosomo strait. The shallowest part is 10ft/3m, so you can also snorkel here as well. The site ranges from 40-100ft/12-30m, so you can just stay shallower if you're still a beginner, but be sure to be comfortable with drift diving.

What you will see

Here the still breathtaking coral takes a step back as the marine life takes center stage. Living on the wall there are angelfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, nudibranchs, morays eels and parrotfish. Be sure to look off from the wall too and there can be schools Spanish mackerel, trevally, and even the occasional manta rays and sharks.


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Bligh Waters

Bligh Waters covers a vast oceanic area that spans from west of Yadua Island, down south just beyond Gau Island. These vast waters are channeled past the largest islands, bringing in with it nutrient-rich waters, strong currents and amazing visibility. And this, of course, means top scuba diving!

Namena Island & Marine Reservnamena island & marine reserve

As you slowly build up your dives, and read more about places you want to visit (seems more reading than diving at the moment) then you’ll realise Marine Reserves or Parks are the go-to for great diving opportunities. And Namena Marine Reserve is no different. Namena Marine Reserve is either dived via liveaboard which has a few sites on their itinerary, or coming from a resort on Namena or a neighbouring island.

What you will see

Many of the sites here are exposed, and require proper planning and the checking of tides and currents beforehand. The nutrient-rich and high-energy waters are popular migratory paths for marine mammals such as dolphins and humpback whales. The beaches of Namena are nesting grounds for hawksbill and green turtles, so they are a common sighting in this reserve.

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North Save a Tack

Pre-diving days, sailors would use the pass here to avoid tacking (zigzagging) around the island and reefs of Namena, hence the strange name of this site. Now famous by a new group of sea-lovers, North Save a Tack offers some of the best diving in the region! Depending on currents and tides, you may continue/start at Central Grand Station.

What you will see

Generally quite a deep dive, you start by descending to the top of the wall at 82 feet. If the currents are strong, then dipping just below the reef’s lip to almost 100 feet is the norm. After that, you cruise around the corner, the wall getting shallower. Here there are masses of schools of medium fish such as barracudas, jacks, fusiliers and their bigger predators like black tip reef sharks and tuna. For those with a keen eye and enough patience, there is a variety of macro, with pygmy seahorses and popcorn shrimps beautifully placed on soft corals.


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Chimneys

Sometimes called Two Thumbs, Chimneys are composed of two main pinnacles, which are shallow enough that you could just snorkel if you wanted. The base of the site is 80 feet and again currents can be strong so an intermediate/advanced certification is required.

What you will see

The pinnacles themselves are small enough that you can circumnavigate them in one dive and make for an interesting route as you meander around them. On these main pinnacles, and the smaller ones scattered about, rich waters flow by, keeping the local wildlife happy and healthy. Amongst the stunning soft corals are nudibranchs, pipefish, frogfish and bigger barracudas.


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Nigali Passage

Located in the south of Bligh Waters,there is Nigali Passage, which runs parallel to Gau Island. Nigali Passage is relatively narrow so nutrient-rich waters rish through here, and currents can be quite intense. It’s due to its odd geographical features, high tide does not create the incoming current-as is the norm-and so diving can only be during calmer windows.

What you will see

Channels and passageways usually equals passing pelagics and Nigali thankfully fits thats stereotype. The most common encounters are grey reef sharks, especially female since this region is a popular breeding ground. , schools of jacks and trevally, giant groupers and if you’re lucky, mantas are possible! The channel ranges from 60-90ft/18-28m and has medium to strong currents, so definitely intermediate certification with experience with drift diving is a must!

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E-6

A truly spectacular spot, E-6 is a dive site that has so much to offer and guarantees to keep a range of levels of divers satisfied. Sitting in the narrowest part of Bligh Waters with nutrients rushing by, this spectacular pinnacle peaks just under the surface and continues down to over 2900ft/900m down! The name E-6 is a rather charming reference to the old-school camera films, hinting to its popularity amongst underwater photographers.

What you will see

Even though it is a popular stop by liveaboards, E-6 is not for the fair of heart. With great certifications, come great diving rewards, and E-6 is worth the required training. This dive site has strong currents, and so a good place to encounter pelagics such as hammerheads, mantas rays and great schools of barracudas or jacks. Chances are liveaboards will do more than one dive here, as there are swim-throughs dripping in soft corals with memorising sun beams.


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