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Fiji is an ideal holiday destination for divers with a non-diving partner. Fiji is known for its palm-fringed beaches, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and spectacular underwater world, teeming with fish and corals. The Fijian people welcome visitors with a smile and friendly greeting “BULA” (meaning "life" or "good health") heard throughout the islands.
The range of accommodation varies throughout the islands and caters for all tastes and budgets, including “eco-friendly" hideaways, small family hotels, large resorts & romantic, exclusive retreats.
The tropical climate is ideal for a wide range of water sports. These magical islands offer some of the best snorkelling and diving in the South Pacific, as well as the opportunity to experience the traditional culture of this tropical wonderland.
The volcanic islands of Fiji lie in the South Pacific Ocean approximately 4 hours by plane east of Australia in between New Caledonia and Western Samoa, east of Vanuatu and west of Tonga. The island group consists of some 333 islands, of which only 110 are inhabited, and 522 smaller islets. The two largest islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu make up 87% of Fiji’s total land mass and houses about 90% of the population.
Fiji is a very hospitable land of blue-green lagoons, lush tropical rainforests, pine forests, mountains formed by dormant or extinct volcanoes or from limestone and coral islets and 1,666 kilometres of white sand beaches scattered across 709,660 square kilometres of ocean.
The international airport is located in Nadi on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. The capital of Suva is also located here along with Fiji’s other main town of Lautoka. Major tourist areas on Viti Levu are Denarau, the Coral Coast and Pacific Harbour.
Mamanuca Group (located just off Nadi) and Yasawa Group (an island chain to the north of the Mamanucas) which are both major tourist destinations
Beqa Island and Kadavu Island off the south coast of Viti Levu
Lomaiviti Group to the east of Suva
Taveuni (also known as the Garden Island and Fiji’s third largest island) located southeast of Vanua Levu
Your holiday in Fiji can be as relaxing or as active as you would like it to be.
From pampering yourself at your resort’s spa and wellness centre, relaxing with a cocktail by the pool with a good book, or watching the peaceful sunsets to snorkeling off the resort, diving on coral gardens, pinnacles and walls with sharks and manta rays, kayaking, zip lining, wind surfing, standup paddle boarding, playing a round of golf, hiking, island hopping, fishing and cultural shows – Fiji has it all.
Fiji has a tropical climate with two seasons. The dry season, or Fiji winter, extends from May to October when there is low rainfall, low humidity and less chance of cyclones. Temperatures in the dry season hover around 25˚C during the day, dropping to a pleasant 19˚C - 20˚C at night. Southerly trade winds bring a cool breeze off the sea and stronger winds can occur on the south and east coasts. Water temperature is between 24˚C - 27˚C.
The wet season, of Fiji summer, is between November to April when rainfall and humidity is substantially higher. Most rain falls in sudden tropical downpours, normally during the mid-afternoon. The seas are generally calm, however tropical cyclones can develop between December and April. Temperatures range between 22˚C at night and a constant 31˚C during the day. Water temperature is between 27˚C - 29˚C.
High season is during Australian and New Zealand school holidays particularly December and January and June and July.
The coral reefs surrounding the Fiji Islands abound with a wide variety of marine life. The world's second largest coral reef is located in these waters. Brightly coloured soft corals, yellow and red gorgonian fans, a myriad of small tropical fish, tunnels, caves and spectacular drop-offs await the visiting diver.
Dive sites vary from shallow lagoons, suitable for newcomers to the sport, to sheer walls and pinnacles for the more experienced divers.
Fiji enjoys the tag “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, and is deservedly rated as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The coral formations attract a wide variety of marine life, including large schools of small tropical fish, making Fiji a great location for underwater photography.
The outer barrier reefs of the central region of Fiji are remote and vast and offer some of the best diving in Fiji. A liveaboard dive trip is a good option to explore the dive sites in the Bligh Water and around the islands and barrier reefs of Lomaiviti, Namena, Wakaya and Gau as they are situated a long distance from shore based dive operations. Much of these areas remain unchartered and untouched providing more prolific big fish action and rich soft coral encounters in the nutrient rich, current fed waters and passages. The underwater topography also varies from coral covered bommies, to channels and passages, sea mounts and swim throughs.
7 night trips ex Suva, Viti Levu
Approx dives per day: up to 5 dives
7 and 10 night trips ex Lautoka
Approx dives per day: 4-5 dives
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7 and 10 night trips ex Volivoli Beach Resort, Viti Levu
Approx dives per day: up to 4 dives
Fiji is located in the South Pacific approximately 3000km east of Australia. The Fijian Islands consist of more than 300 volcanic and coral islands, 105 of which are inhabited. The three largest islands in Fiji are the volcanic islands of Viti Levu ‘Great Fiji’ and Vanua Levu ‘Great Land of the People’, and the island of Taveuni.
The international country code for Fiji is 679.
Fiji is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
(subject to change)
Most visitors may obtain an entry visa on arrival for stays of up to 4 months. Please check the latest entry requirements with the appropriate authorities.
Local currency is the Fijian Dollar. Major international credit cards are accepted at most tourist facilities.
1 AUD = approximately 1.49 Fijian Dollars (May 2016)
Fiji offers a number of soft coral reefs, such as Beqa Lagoon, Rainbow Reef or the Somosomo Straits with the famous Great White Wall to the hard coral reefs and manta rays of Kadavu and the Great Astralobe Reef , the world’s third largest barrier reef system. The Shark Dives in Beqa Lagoon are also popular where up to nine different species of sharks can be encountered. Water temperature ranges between 23-30˚C. A 3-5mm suit is recommended. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.
A dive permit costing USD30 is required in Chuuk. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.