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Beqa Island lies just 10 kilometres off the south coast of the main island of Viti Levu. The fringing reef around the island and the barrier reef (68 km) around Beqa Lagoon is one of Fiji’s premier diving and snorkelling locations. Both are made up of colourful coral developed over hundreds of years.

The conditions for the coral reefs here are excellent: light and shallow water, water temperatures averaging 26°C and supply of zooplancton food for an array of sea life. Beqa Lagoon is known for its healthy soft coral gardens and gorgonian forests and access to some of the best Shark Encounter dives in the world.

A stay on Beqa Island will give you a glimpse into the traditional Melanesian way of life in a natural, unspoiled environment untouched by mass tourism or modern developments. Here you’ll experience a greater sense of true Fijian hospitality, genuine Fijian warmth and local, rural village life.

The legendary Fijian Firewalkers originate from Beqa Island. Only the residents of this island are blessed with the skill of walking across white hot rocks. Legend says that firewalking is an ancient ritual, given by a god only to the Sawau tribe of Beqa.
Beqa Island is an ideal option for those wanting to make the most of their diving time in Fiji without taking a domestic flight to the outer islands whilst experiencing Fijian island life.

 

  • Beqa Island Geographical Information

    Beqa Island is small and rugged covering an area of 36 square kilometres, with jagged hills covered by lush tropical forest and waterfalls. The island is enclosed by a shallow, white sand bottom lagoon with fringing reef and one of the world’s largest barrier reefs. The lagoon is home to a staggering array of marine life.

    There are no roads on the island and travel between the 9 traditional villages scattered around the perimeter of the island is by boat.

    Getting there and away

    To reach Beqa Island you have the choice of flying into Nadi Airport (2.5 hour drive / approx. 180km) or Suva Airport (1.25 hour dive / approx. 55km) to Pacific Harbour on the south coast of Viti Levu, followed by a 30-45 minute boat ride to your Beqa Island resort.

  • Things to do in Beqa Island

    Despite being in such a secluded environment, a large range of activities are accessible from Beqa Island for both divers and non divers.

    Water activities include:

    - Scuba diving on Beqa’s uncrowded reefs and experiencing one the of the world’s best shark encounters
    - Snorkelling and swimming in the shallow waters of the lagoon
    - Kayaking around the tranquil bays to secluded coves
    - Fishing for Spanish Mackeral, Wahoo, Skipjack, Yellowfin Tuna
    - Surfing at Frigates Pass (also known as the Fiji Pipeline) located slightly offshore on the south west of Beqa Lagoon’s barrier reef

    Land based activities include:

    - Hiking around the island between local villages, to waterfalls or up the peak of Ulnkoro mountain, 460 metres above sea level, for the most spectacular panoramic views across the island, lagoon and barrier reef
    - Cultural experiences such as village visits to learn about the history of Beqa Island, village life and traditional stories; see a traditional Firewalking ceremony, kava ceremony and meke
    - Day trips to the main island of Viti Levu to visit Suva or Pacific Harbour; go river rafting, golfing or zip lining

  • When to Travel to Beqa Island

    Diving is conducted year round in Beqa Lagoon. 

    Water temperature ranges from 24˚C to 29˚C with the coolest months being July and August and the warmest being February and March. July to September has better visibility. Surface conditions can be rougher during the windy season from November to January.

    For the Shark Encounters, Bull Shark interaction may be lower during the mating season of November and December.

  • Hotels and Resorts in Beqa Island

    Beqa Lagoon Resort Beqa Lagoon Resort
    45mins by boat from Pacific Harbour
    Budget: $$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: Yes
    Restaurant: Yes
    Wifi: Yes (charges apply)
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
    Lalati Resort & Spa Lalati Resort & Spa
    30mins by boat from Pacific Harbour
    Budget: $$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: Yes
    Bar: Yes
    Restaurant: Yes
    Wifi: Yes (charges apply)
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
  • Scuba Diving in Beqa Island

    Scuba Diving in Beqa LagoonBeqa Island is surrounded by one of the world largest barrier
    reefs, providing you with over 100 dive sites most within a twenty minute boat ride from your resort. These include two shipwrecks and an optional shark / big fish encounter. You can also see Blue Ribbon Eels, Lion Fish, Leaf Scorpions and Clown Triggers. The water is clear and warm, visibility is typically between 20-30 metres. The currents are mostly gentle and the diving is suitable for beginner to intermediate divers.

    Diving in Beqa Lagoon is conducted year round but the conditions will vary. July to September usually has the best visibility.

     

    Some popular dive sites:

    Carpet Cove:

    This site has got a picturesque wreck - it's a Japanese fishing boat that's been there for 12 years. The name comes from abundance of anemones and clown fish there. Other things you will see is soft corals, blue ribbon/black eels and scorpion fish.

    Fantasy:

    Scuba Diving in Beqa LagoonMagnificent dive site, which is especially beautiful when the sun is shining bright and all colors come alive - it has a lot of giant sea fans. The top of the coral head is covered with a carpet of pink anemones with clown fish.

     

    Soft Coral Plateau:

    It's an easy dive featuring coral heads and a wall with schools of jacks (trevally) and barracudas, reef sharks, leaf fish, garden and blue ribbon eels and lots of soft corals make it a wonderful spot.

    Shark Dive:

    Scuba Diving in Beqa LagoonThis is the ultimate dive spot for big animals lovers, the best Shark Dive experience in the world! It's a protected marine park, where you can see 8 species of sharks simultaneously - tiger, bull sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, grey reef, silver tips, black tips and white tips. Moreover, you'll see lots of big black jacks, napoleon wrasse and red snappers. And they all are hand fed in front of your eyes.

     

  • Beqa Island Liveaboards

    There are currently no liveabaords operating on regular basis
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