Fiji offers some of the best Scuba Diving in the World. Labelled as the Soft Coral Capital of the World by Jean-Michel Cousteau, it offers a comprehensive range of dive locations. Spectacular hard and soft corals, caves and grottoes, amazingly diverse marine life that includes large pelagic species such as sharks and tuna, turtles and fish of all hues and sizes, and internationally certified dive operators all ensure your dive experience will be a memorable one.
Shark feeding, sunken ships, even a World War II aircraft - scuba diving in Fiji offers the full range of an underwater experience. Famous as the soft coral capital of the world, the crystal waters of Fiji's virgin reefs and magnificent lagoons offer unmatched visibility for the underwater explorer and photographer.
Most resorts are fully equipped for diving, including certified PADI instructors, with diving and scuba courses open to non-guest as well. There are also numerous independent dive operations, including "bare-boat" and "live-aboard" options.
Fiji's 300 island, scattered over the face of the South Pacific, make Fiji one of the most attractive destinations for the variety of experiences they offer above and below water. Despite the distances between the various dive locations, it is still a small place and fortune in having a dive industry which is professional, friendly, safety conscious and price attractive in comparison to other places. The industry is self-regulating through the Fiji Dive Operators' Association (which now has more than 40 members) and in conjunction with the Fiji Recompression Chamber Facility.
Dive accidents occasionally happen despite divers taking all necessary precautions.
The Fiji Recompression Chamber Facility co-ordinates the unique Fiji wide Medevac system which takes dive accident victims from the point of accident by sea, road or air medevac to the recompression chamber treatments. The Facility and the Fiji Dive Operators Association monitor safety standards of the industry. In a community where everyone knows everyone else this is relatively easy to do. In future the Facility hopes to provide free treatments. Treatment charges at present vary due to the type of medevac and the number of treatments required. The safest policy is to obtain adequate insurance cover for all eventualities before leaving home.
The hull for the recompression chamber was donated by the Cousteau Society in March 1992.
The Fiji Dive Operators Association has agreed to be bound by the Association's Code of Practice, Code of Ethics and International Scuba Diving Standards. All these operators support the Fiji Recompression Chamber Facility.
These Are Great Dives According To PADI:
The Great Astrolabe Reef, Kadavu - This is the world’s 3rd largest barrier reef and the largest living organism in the South Pacific. Hosting many dive sites, Manta Ray encounters here are common and numerous channels and passages can be explored while viewing pristine coral formations teeming with tropical fish. Kadavu is also one of the least commercialised areas in Fiji.
Somosomo Strait, Taveuni – The Rainbow Reef is located in the narrow passage between Vanua Levu and Taveuni and includes the famous Great White Wall. You can swim through tunnels and along walls covered in brilliant displays of white, purple and yellow soft corals with colorful sea whips, gorgonian fans, sponges and crinoids. Look for pelagics off the wall and lionfish, octopus and morays in the shallows.
Suncoast Fiji – Between Fiji’s two main islands, including the Vatu-I-Ra Passage, lies some spectacular and exciting diving. The funnelling of massive amounts of water brings in nutrients to support a huge array of marine life, from tiny fish to large predators. Beautiful soft and hard corals are plentiful.
Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Pacific Harbour – Regarded by some as the best shark dive location in the world. An educational dive where you can see more than eight shark species – bull sharks, tawny nurse sharks, white-tip, black-tip and grey reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, silvertips and the occasional tiger shark. Wrasse, grouper, rays and over 400 species of fish also call the shark reef marine reserve home.
Mamanuca Islands – This famous region is made up of a chain of 20 beautiful tropical islands west of Nadi. There is excellent boat and shore diving from the islands with colorful fish and marine life that surround the hard and soft corals.
Yasawa Islands – The Yasawa Island Group are located north west of Nadi and are rich in beauty both above and below the water. Unique underwater topography, healthy hard corals, an abundance of fish life and only a boat ride away from Nadi. The Yasawa islands offer a more remote tropical island feel. Manta ray and shark encounters are also possible in the region.
Coral Coast – The Coral Coast region is approximately 80 kilometers / 50 miles of pristine beaches and bays situated on mid-southern coast near the town of Sigatoka. This area offers a wide range of diving including great boat dives with stunning hard and soft corals. Turtle encounters are also common on many of the popular dive sites.
Beqa Lagoon – Situated off Pacific Harbour, this large lagoon has numerous dive sites catering to divers of all levels. Dive sites here are full of colorful reefs alive with tropical fish and multihued soft coral covered pinnacles. The water is generally calm, clear and warm.
Namena Marine Protected Reserve, Savusavu – This magnificent barrier reef is a protected marine reserve populated by brilliant soft corals, invertebrates and hard corals. It hosts several dive sites with bommies and pinnacles. Along with some sharks and other pelagics, you may spy pigmy sea horses if your eyes are good enough. Venture out from Savusavu to dive with the nearby resident school of scalloped hammerheads.
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