Viti Levu is Fiji's main island and chances are that you will pass through this way. The island boasts some excellent resorts and good diving, particularly At Rakiraki, where you can access Bligh Water, and in the south where the Coral Coast and Beqa Lagoon can be found.
Generally the diving in Viti Levu is characterised by hard coral walls and channels visited by pelagics. There are also ocean lagoons, that are populated by a multitude of reef life. But perhaps its biggest drawcard is the amazing shark feed dive at Shark Reef, where you have a very real chance of once-in-a-lifetime encounters with bull sharks and tiger sharks.
The soft coral bommies and pinnacles of Beqa Lagoon lie just off the south coast and are one of the best known scuba diving destinations within Fiji.
Rakiraki is a region located at the most northerly point of the island of Viti Levu. From here you can dive some of the closer-to-shore sites in Bligh Water. The unspoilt reefs and marine encounters likely in this area make it among the best that Viti Levu has to offer.
Divers can expect dramatic drop-offs, gardens of sea-fans and expansive and healthy soft coral coverage, while you are likely to come across barracuda, turtles and a variety of sharks. Less common, but still possible, are manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks.
Shark Reef is one of the first places people think of when scuba diving in Fiji is mentioned. The area has been a no fishing zone for many years now, meaning it is also teeming with fish, both large and small. However, the fish are not the stars of the show.
Many have seen incredible footage from the shark feed that take place here. You can see up to 8 different types of sharks in action, grabbing bait from the chainmail-clad hands of well-trained guides. Few fail to be impressed by the size and variety of sharks here. Watch our Shark Reef diving video.
Vitawatawa Channel runs along the south coast of Viti Levu on the outside edge of the open-sea lagoon. This wall dive is a spectacle of colour and action. As you descend, you will pass blue-gold damselfish in the shallows and down to areas populated by speckled anglefish and lionfish to where the drift begins.
Cruising with the current along this twisting wall, the views are dominated by hordes of 3-striped fusiliers and big-eye bream before you come to the lagoon entrance where the amazing, rare sight of guitar sharks meets the eye. Entering the lagoon past grey reef sharks, you can end the dive enjoying swim-throughs and investigating boulder formations and the creatures that lurk in the quiet spots.
Dive The World Fiji Recommendations: Shark Reef and Rakiraki
More detailed information available on the Viti Levu dive sites (on our www.dive-the-world.com website):
Stay in the Pacific Harbour area to be close to where the word-famous shark dives take place. It is a fun little tourism-based village and the hopping off point for Beqa Lagoon.
Alternatively, the northern region of the island is home to Rakiraki a couple of hours' drive from Nadi International Airport. Within half an hour's speedboat ride from this north coast dive resort, you can access many of the area's best sites.
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The season to dive Viti Levu runs all the year round. Water clarity is best during the Fiji winter months of July to September when the water cools to 25°C. During the summer from November to April, water temperature can reach 29°C.
Most people fly into Nadi, some into Suva, both of which are on Viti Levu, Fiji's main island. Most resorts operate airport transfers so you don't have to worry. There are taxis and buses operating from the airport to all parts of the island. Since Nadi and Suva are the only international airports, the details of getting to Viti Levu are the same as in our Fiji 'How to Get There' section.
Great for: Large animals and non-diving activities
Not so great for: Wrecks
Depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 5 - 30m
Currents: Usually gentle but can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 25 - 29°C
Experience Level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: >22, plus access to more in other destinations
Access: Resort diving
Recommended length of stay: 3 - 5 days, or 2 weeks to dive all areas accessible from here
Other sites that can be visited from here: