The Best Diving in Fiji at the 'Cannibal Islands'
With its picturesque islands in the heart of the South Pacific, crystalline waters and exceptionally hospitable locals it is little wonder that Fiji is close to the top of many divers' 'To Do' list. Read on for details of the dive sites you can explore from our Fiji liveaboard cruises and dive resorts.
Fiji islands diving is really varied so you need to choose what type of adventure you want.
The famous Somosomo Strait in the north, accessed from Taveuni, is the place of big pelagics and where incredibly colourful soft corals dominate the view. It is home to the highly rated sites of Rainbow Reef and the Great White Wall.
The nutrient-fed channel of Bligh Water and surrounding picturesque islands of Koro, Wakaya and Namena in the Koro Sea is Fiji's best claim as a world class dive destination and is a prime adventure cruising ground for liveaboards.
Kadavu Island offers the real Fijian experience topside, and healthy, colourful reefs below the surface where those who want to get away from it all, without compromising the quality of diving, will be richly rewarded. Easily the best diving in southern Fiji, you can explore the rugged untamed reefs of Kadavu's Great Astrolabe Reef where mantas play over vast fields of pristine hard corals.
As well as having a truly awesome shark feeding dive for more experienced divers and thrill seekers, Viti Levu dives sites are the easiest to access when you arrive in Fiji, and resorts are normally only an hour or two's drive from Nadi.
The world renowned Beqa Lagoon offers some pretty handy resort diving, close to Fiji's main island. The Lagoon has bommies and pinnacles, and a good variety of marine life, which will be popular with less experienced divers and those with little time on their hands.
So if you want big fish action, macro-delights, pristine coral or adventurous liveaboards, Fiji promises it all, and there is always a warm Fijian welcome waiting for you.
• Map of Fiji's islands
The Diving Season
Although you can dive from resorts here all year round, the best diving in Fiji is from April to October. November to January tend to see the most rainfall, with the rainy season officially extending into March. Prime visibility is during the winter months of July to September when the surface can be a little choppy and potentially as cool as 22°C. During the November to April summer months the water temperature can reach a balmy 30°C.
Great for: Large animals, visibility, beginner divers
Not so great for: Wreck dives
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 15 - 40m
Currents: None to rip-roaring
Surface Conditions: Mostly calm but can be choppy during July to September
Water Temperature: normally 28 - 30°C
Experience Level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: >150
Access: Resorts and liveaboards
Recommended length of stay: 2 - 3 weeks
Fiji Dive Sites
More detailed information on the islands different destinations:
Dive The World Recommendations: Bligh Water, Taveuni and Kadavu.
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