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Overview

Running along the west and north coast of Viti Levu is a land of eternal sunshine, azure skies, and lush emerald peaks, known as The Suncoast. The gorgeous coast is dotted with charming market towns, provincial villages, sugar-cane fields, and, most importantly, it is home to the township of Rakiraki. 

Rakiraki is the gateway to exceptional diving, snorkelling, kitesurfing and windsurfing, as well as the beautiful beaches of Nananu-I-Ra island.

 

The climate in Rakiraki is tropical with a wet and dry season, and warm temperatures year-round.

 

Wet Season: December to April

There is a higher volume of rainfall over this period and combined with average temperatures of 30ºC the humidity is high too. This time of year brings the occasional tropical cyclone to the island. If you are planning on visiting Fiji during the wet season, keep in mind that January tends to be the hottest months and March has the highest rainfall.

 

Dry season: May to November

The rain starts to decrease from May, as temperatures drop and the humidity becomes less fierce. The average temperature is around 25ºC, although, hotter days may reach 30ºC. If you are planning a visit during the dry season, keep in mind that July has the lowest average daily temperature and rainfall.

 

Diving

Overview

Bligh Waters is a stretch of ocean that runs between the two main islands of Fiji. Rakiraki is perfectly placed to access this area with ease and is known to have some of the best coral reef diving on earth. 

Home to Vatu-I-Ra, a national park and bird sanctuary, Bligh Waters is well protected, and as such, presents a vast array of marine life to discover. The island is ringed by stunning coral reefs which contain narrow passages brimming with life, particularly as the tide changes and the current builds, pushing plankton into the out-stretching arms of the beautiful soft corals.

These strong currents, and the nutrients that they bring, promote a massive diversity of sea life. For the macro enthusiasts look out for nudibranch, anthias, pygmy and common seahorses, frogfish, ghost pipefish, moray eels, and thousands of anemone fish living amongst the brightly coloured corals. Pelagics include hawksbill, leatherback, green, olive ridley, and loggerhead turtles, as well as blacktip, whitetip, and grey reef sharks. Larger shark species are also known to frequent these waters.

Dive sites include walls, bommies, and drift dives, all of which allow you to explore this incredible underwater world teeming with life and colour. 

 

Water Temperature
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The sea temperature in the wet season sits at around 30°C, wear a rashie and boardies to keep the UV off.

In the height of the dry season, the water temperature can get as low as 24°C, and a 3mm – 5mm wetsuit is advisable. 

 

Dive Season

Diving is available year-round. Visibility is slightly reduced during the rainy season, although surface conditions tend to be calmer. July to October have the coldest ocean conditions and June to October is the windiest period.

Dive Highlights

Mellow Yellow

Hit this dive site with the right currents, and you will be blown away by the abundance of yellow coloured soft corals on this pinnacle dive. A sea of gold anthias, crimson sea fans and blue water add even more colour to this dive. Keep a lookout for the impressive macro life dwelling in the cracks and crevices, such as scorpionfish, popcorn shrimp, nudibranch, and eels.

 

Black Magic Mountain

Named for the massive bushes of black corals blanketing this soaring pinnacle, Black Magic Mountain regularly makes an appearance on diving itineraries. Schooling fish at the top of the spire and unicornfish, surgeonfish, fusiliers, and grey reef sharks can be seen circling near the base. Sharp-eyed divers will also be able to pick out crayfish, lionfish, anemone fish, coral trout, and a multitude of bright ascidians hiding in the corals.

 

Breathtaker 

This is a deep reef with three coral heads and a drop off to 100 meters. Explore the slots and swim-throughs to experience the wall from both sides and watch the myriad of reef fish flitting from coral to coral. As you get to the point, you might be lucky enough to spot sharks among the schools of barracuda. How close these deep-sea dwellers get to the wall is very dependent on the currents and the time of day.

 

Activities

Kayak and SUPs

Whether you're after a high-intensity workout or you want to relax out on the water, hiring a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard is your answer. The water here is so clear you'll be able to watch brightly coloured tropical fish and bright blue starfish as you paddle around.

Pack a picnic in your kayak and spend the whole day afloat. Or you might prefer a more adventurous kayak or SUP around the bay to explore the hidden coves and mangrove forests.

 

Kiteboarding

If you would like to learn how to kiteboard, Kite Point on Nananu-I-Ra is the perfect place to go. The flat, sheltered waters and safe launch site allow beginners to build their confidence, while the more experienced riders have the opportunity to try new tricks with the aid of a support boat if needed.

 

Culture

If you want to get a better idea of local life, then a village tour is a great way to experience Taukei culture. A village experience usually begins with being welcomed by the Turanga Ni Koro (chief), with opportunities to learn about their way of life. There will also be the opportunity to participate in a kava ceremony, sharing a bowl of this famous Fijian drink with village leaders. Learn about local history, stories and legends as you meander around this beautiful community. 

 

Operators

Volivoli Beach Resort & Ra Divers

Packages

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$2,319
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Fiji
Rakiraki

Volivoli Beach Resort

7 Nights
Meals
Activities
Transfers
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$3,556
AUD/pp
Fiji
Rakiraki

Volivoli Beach Resort

7 Nights
Meals
10 Dives
Activities
Transfers

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