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Scuba Diving in Fiji

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Scuba Diving in Fiji

Simply hearing the name “ Fiji ” summons up images of an exquisite tropical paradise. With 800 islands sprawling over 80,000 sq miles (207,000 sq km) of ocean, the reality is just as exciting. Fiji offers a wealth of different experiences for the diver.

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Idyllic Islands

Perhaps one of the most notable features of Fiji for the visiting diver is that only 12 percent of the islands in the archipelago are inhabited— and 75 percent of the entire population lives on just one island, Viti Levu. Fiji truly offers a wealth of different diving opportunities around a huge variety of reefs, channels, and islands. Coral reefs cover a staggering 6,000 sq miles (15,540 sq km); they include at least 398 species of coral and are home to over 1,200 species of fish.

Undersea Gardens

diving in fijiFiji is particularly famous for its beautiful soft-coral gardens, the most renowned of which is the White Wall in the Somosomo Strait. The region’s rich waters mean that filter-feeding invertebrates thrive in the coral lagoons. Sea fans, whip corals, and a myriad of other species vie for space on the brilliantly colored reef walls.

There are also many spectacular fish species in Fijian waters. For the thrill seeker, there is plenty of large-animal action. The best-known shark dive here is known as “Aqua Trek 3-D,” after the operator that runs it, and offers the opportunity to see up to seven species of sharks on a single dive, including bull, black-tip reef, white-tip, and lemon sharks. The dive is one of 100 recognized dive sites in Beqa Lagoon—an indication of the sheer variety of diving in this beautiful tropical archipelago. Happily, the area has been designated a Marine Park and enjoys protection from overfishing; the small fees asked of divers who experience its underwater environment are used to help fund conservation measures. Such careful stewardship ensures that Fiji’s diving will remain outstanding for years to come.

Some dive sites Fiji with short descriptions you must know before deciding where to go…

Jim’s Alley – Gau Island – consists of 3 major platforms, which begin at a depth of 15 feet and go to 60-70 feet down. Platform is covered with soft and hard corals, gorgons and actinium. Here, too, can often be found turtles, white tips, barracuda and rays of rare.

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Ningali Pass  Gau Island – Channel Ningali – a small part of a reef, which can be immersed for 1.5 hours before the tide, and 1.5 hours after high tide, otherwise very poor visibility and currents of 4 knots. Here you can see the huge groupers, jew fishes, barracudas, big pike, large gray reef sharks and the rare sea snakes.

Black Rock Cavern – Island of Koro – On the coast, there are great number of caves. It is also one of the most interesting dive sites for night dives. This is the house of representatives of various underwater operations: crab-decorators, white tips, eels and squid, huge flocks of barracuda. On the island of Koro, you can dive all year round, but visibility is rarely more than 60 feet.

Koro Gardens – Island of Koro – is a platform, towering above the surface to 15 feet. The bottom is at a depth of 45 feet, but in some places up to 95 feet. In hard corals are living a great number of reef fishes.

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Shark Fin Point – Island of Koro – This dive site is located to the north-east of the island of Koro. Here you can see huge flocks of barracuda (about 500 fish together), many white tips, gray coral, lobster, eels. Sometimes here can be seen even whale sharks. During tidal, you can Drift Dive.

Makongi Island – At the turn of the century the island was the home of the last colony in Fiji, but today it is a home of turtles and shellfish. The north of the island  is the protected zone Barrier Reef with a great number of interesting dive sites. The most popular – Whire Rock, Rustic arch, Coral Garden and Makongi channel.

Coral Gardens – Makongi Island – A number of platforms that are covered with beautiful hard and soft corals. Here you can see turtles, white-fin sharks, morays, lion fish, sharks, sometimes nurses. Often the visibility is never more than 40 feet because of the huge number of plankton.

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Makongi Channel – Makongi Island – Drift diving is very popular here because it is the entrance to the Reef. Visibility is good, often reaches 100 feet.

Rustic Arch – Makongi Island – This dive site has been opened by the photographer Rust Madsen during a research tour in February 1998. Superb hard and soft corals, gorgons, anemones, fish, lions, white tips and the enormous Napoleon fish.

White Rock – Makongi Island – Namena Barrier Reef stretches for more than 10 miles. Here there are huge number of dive sites, but most of them unprotected, because are on the high seas, so immersion is not carried out in bad weather. Basically, with strong currents, marine life is very active and diverse. You can see a gray coral, white and silver tips, barracudas and tuna to dive in 30 minutes. A very popular dive site.

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Namena Chimneys – Namenalala Island – It is a platform size of 80 -100 feet in length and 30-40 feet in width. It starts with immersion at a depth of 80 feet on one side, and ends on the other side at a depth of 15 feet. The platform is covered with hard, soft corals, anemones, gorgons; you can also see a great number of fish-lions.

North Save-a-tack – Namena Island – At a depth of 70 feet, visibility is more than 150 feet. At the bottom you can see gray-water corals, barracuda and tuna. Currents are strong, excellent visibility. Typically, diving starts on the eastern side of a dive site and ends at the west to the hard and soft corals.

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Golden Rock – Wakaya Island – Scuba diving begins at 35 feet from the inner edge of reef, and then you go up to 10 feet from the other side. Soft, hard corals, shrimp, cleaners, acne.

Essential information before leaving for Fiji
Water Temperature – 79–88°F (26–31°C)
Ecosystem – Tropical
When to visit – Year-round, but the
Best time to visit Fiji is between April and November.
Must-sees – Somosomo Straight and the White Wall; Beqa Lagoon; Naingora Pass.

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