Regardless of whether you’re a diving fanatic or you’re a keen beginner, we’re sure that you’ll agree with us when we say that Fiji is one of the most breathtaking and scenic places to dive in the world.
If you’re planning on taking the diving trip of a lifetime, then it only makes sense that you should want to make sure you’re doing your research prior to setting off on your underwater adventure.
If you’ve been a diver for quite some time, then we’re sure that you’ll already be aware of the appeal of Fiji!
A true divers haven, Fiji is home to over three hundred species of tropical fish, not to mention a variety of different underwater caverns, canyons, and wall dives to explore and swim through. Not only that, but thanks to the variety, Fiji is a diving spot that welcomes all.
So, if you’re planning on heading over to Fiji for your dream diving vacation, you’re going to need to make sure that you’ve done all your research prior to touching down fresh off the plane!
This guide is going to talk you through all of the best diving spots that should be on your radar, from more scenic spots ideal for beginners, all the way to daring drop-offs suited to the most experienced of divers. Read on!
Best Diving Spots In Fiji
Just hearing the word “Fiji” is enough to bring to mind images of tropical beaches, crystal clear water, and the hot blazing sun.
Alongside being a traveler’s paradise, it also just so happens to be one of the best spots for diving in the world and has a relaxed, slow-paced atmosphere perfect for the diver in search of a quiet place to uncover an underwater world.
If you’re planning on going diving in Fiji, then you’re in for a treat. Fiji is host to a vast array of lagoons, barrier reeds, fringing reefs, and even patch reefs, with Viti Levu (one of Fiji’s most populated islands) being home to a fringing reef that’s over 100 kilometers long!
As for the Coral Coast, known for its immaculate diving conditions, has crystal clear waters, tropical fish and underwater caverns just waiting to be explored, while the Great Sea Reef positioned near Vanua Levu (another island in Fiji) is over 200 kilometers long (yes, you read that correctly) and is the largest Barrier Reef in Fiji and the third-largest in the world.
Below, let’s breakdown some of the other diving spots in Fiji that you simply must put on your itinerary:
First up, we have Bligh Waters! If you’ve already visited Fiji before on a diving expedition, then we’re sure that you’ll have already heard of the wonders of this place.
Situated between the two main islands of Fiji, Bligh Waters has a current that flows directly from the depths of the seabed, which means that the water, full of nutrients, is able to cultivate vibrant reefs and colorful corals perfect for the intermediate to the expert diver.
Shark Reef, Pacific Harbour
If you’re looking to get some shark encounters ticked off your bucket list, then Shark Reef, located in Pacific Harbour is the perfect place for you to go diving!
If you’re planning on heading there, unless you’re a very experienced diver, we strongly recommend that you go with a diving group led by an experienced diving guide for your safety.
As we’re sure you might already know, Fiji is home to a variety of different shark species - and some of them have been known to attack humans unprovoked.
Beqa Barrier Reef
Here’s another great diving spot that might be of interest to you. Beqa Island is a very popular diving location that is usually referred to as being the “Mecca” of pacific diving!
Beqa Island is also home to Beqa Lagoon, which is situated just on the south side of Viti Levu and can be reached by diving directly from Beqa Island, and swimming over until the lagoon has been reached.
The lagoon is located directly behind the barrier reef, and once there, you will be able to enjoy untouched wildlife, caverns, clear waters, and more.
Usually, most people that choose to go diving here opt to go on a guided dive tour, although it can be divided solo - we don’t recommend doing that unless you’re experienced.
Known for its beautifully soft corals and crystal clear waters, nothing says “divers paradise” quite like Somosomo Strait can.
Located in Taveuni, beneath the surface of these waters you will find huge wall dives that will take your breath away, as well as a vast array of stunning pelagics, corals, and reeds.
Plus, amongst the tropical fish, you might even spot a dolphin while diving here, too!
Great Astrolabe Reef
Last but certainly not least, another fantastic diving spot located in Fiji is the Great Astrolabe Reef. Hailed as being one of the best places to swim for divers of all levels, this barrier reef located in Kadavu is home to over three hundred species of tropical fish, as well as a seemingly never-ending display of soft coral gardens just waiting to be explored.
Paired with the crystal clear waters and warm temperatures, the Great Astrolabe Reef is a treasure chest that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and you might even encounter a wild manta ray or two while you’re there!
The Great Astrolabe Reef is one of the most popular places to dive in Fiji, but it’s still important to make sure that you’re staying safe while you dive.
As a popular tourist spot, you’ll find plenty of reputable diving guided tours as you make your way down to the water, which is one of the most common ways that people opt to dive here.
You can certainly dive alone, but we don’t recommend that you choose to do this unless you’re a very experienced diver with all the gear you need and knowledge to stay safe.
What You Will See
While diving in Fiji, you can expect to see over three hundred and ninety species of coral (both soft and hard) in a variety of vibrant colors and formations.
In addition to that, you will also be able to see many different species of shark, with the most common being Silvertip, Tiger and White-Tipped Reef, as well as dolphins, turtles, fish and even seahorses!
Fiji is also home to clear blue water (when the weather permits) as well as plenty of intricate and interesting underwater caverns, drop-offs and caves to explore - so you’ll truly be in for a diving trip of a lifetime.
Don’t forget to bring along a waterproof camera so that you can capture all of your favorite memories on film!
Types Of Diving Risks
Even though diving is supposed to be a fun and thrilling experience, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come without some risks.
By making yourself aware of them prior to swimming in Fiji, you will be able to better understand what type of hazards you can expect to experience while you’re out there.
- Currents: One of the biggest hazards you can expect to experience while diving in Fiji is currents. Besides being home to a vast array of eye-catching fish and coral reefs, Fiji is also home to plenty of strong currents, so it’s important to make yourself aware of this prior to diving.
These currents have the potential to move a lot faster than you can swim in, which means that, if you’re not an experienced diver or overly aware of the current pattern in Fiji - you might find yourself struggling to get back to shore.
For this reason, we strongly recommend that you dive with a group expedition, or at the very least with a knowledgeable, local diver that knows Fiji water better than you might.
- Underwater wildlife: This one should certainly go without saying! You’re going to be around plenty of wildlife while you’re swimming in Fiji’s waters, so it’s important to make sure that you remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
While not common, there have been fatal shark attacks recorded in Fiji, with the most recent one being in 2003.
There are a few types of shark species that often circulate Fiji waters, including Oceanic White Tips, Bulls Sharks, and Tiger Sharks - all of which are considered to be more dangerous than other species of shark, and therefore placing them at a higher risk of attacking a human.
- Cyclones: Another potential hazard that you should be aware of is cyclones. November through to April is classified as cyclone season in Fiji and is a time of year where strong winds can form on the surface of the water to create a cyclone.
While we’re sure you wouldn’t go diving in stormy weather - this is still something to keep in mind and be aware of, as cyclone weather can often come on quite quickly and unexpectedly.
- Exposure to the sun’s rays: As we have already mentioned above, Fiji is known to see plenty of sunshine throughout the year, so it’s important to make sure that you’re wearing your sunscreen, even when diving.
Every time that you come out of the water after a diving session, make sure that you are reapplying your sunscreen after drying off because the water can remove it.
In addition to this, you should also make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated - the last thing you want to do is become dehydrated while out on the water!
Anything Else You Should Know
So, there you have it! Now you know all of the best places to dive in scenic Fiji.
Before you book that flight, though, below we’re going to be talking you through some additional information that will help ensure that your diving trip goes as smoothly as can be.
Let’s take a look:
Best Time To Dive In Fiji
Alongside knowing where the best spots in Fiji are to dive, another huge factor to ensure that your diving trip is as unforgettable as possible is to make sure that you’re going at the optimum times of the year, too.
Generally speaking, it is widely considered that November to late March is one of the best times of year to go diving in Fiji. The main reason for this is mainly due to the fact that the water temperature is relatively high, while rain showers tend to be light and short-lived, which means that they don’t make much impact on the visibility under the water.
In addition to this, during this time period of the year, typhoons are also extremely short-lived, while off-peak rates will also ensure that you’ll be able to travel for a much more affordable price than if you were to go during peak times of the year, such as the summer.
On the flip side, the “peak” season is also a great time of the year to go diving in Fiji. The peak season, which is the time of year that Fiji sees the most tourism, is between May to October. This is considered to be the summer season in Fiji, which means that there’s plenty of sunshine and dry weather.
While many divers find this time of year to offer optimum diving and visibility conditions, it’s very important to keep in mind that due to the fact that it’s peak season, prices will likely be a lot higher.
Typical Water Conditions In Fiji
Regardless of what time of year that you decide to go diving in Fiji, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the types of conditions that you’ll be in for while diving, so that you can properly prepare yourself.
More often than not, in Fiji, the waters will usually remain at a temperature of around 76 to 82 degrees all throughout the year - which is about the same temperature as bathwater! However, despite the fact that you’ll be able to enjoy pleasantly warm water regardless of the time of year, you should keep in mind that visibility conditions may change depending on the season.
During the wetter months when there might be a lot of rain and typhoons, it’s important to remember that the water will appear far murkier, which will make viewing conditions considerably more difficult.
As for the warmer months, you will likely find that you’re able to enjoy clear viewing conditions of over 100 feet or more, which will not only be far more enjoyable and memorable but a lot safer, too.
Staying Safe During Your Trip
Alongside making yourself aware of the best diving spots, you should also make sure that you’ve invested in some travel insurance. Even if you’re only going to be diving for a portion of your trip, accidents do happen while diving, so it’s much better to be safe than sorry, as opposed to being stuck with a hefty hospital bill!
You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve gotten yourself some travel insurance regardless, as anything can happen while traveling, and insurance can cover the cost of hospital fees, lost items, as well as damaged goods.
As a side note, for the most part, most general travel insurance applications will already list scuba-diving as an activity by default, which means that you usually won’t need to pay extra to spend on your insurance.
Besides making sure that you’ve got yourself some travel insurance, we also recommend that you make sure to familiarize yourself with the area of Fiji in which you’re going to be staying. For the most part, Fiji is generally considered to be a safe place to travel.
However, it is highly important to keep in mind that, as a tourist, you may be at a higher risk of falling victim to petty crimes such as ATM skimming (which is a type of payment card fraud that can steal your pin number and other types of credit/debit card information) as well as other types of theft crimes.
For this reason, we recommend making sure to stick to your resort area (especially if you’re going out in the evenings) and if possible, we also recommend that you make sure to travel in a group if possible, as this will reduce the chances of any petty crimes such as the ones we have mentioned above.
Set A Budget
It’s also worth making sure that you’ve set yourself a budget prior to even setting out on your diving trip. Are you going to be renting any diving equipment or are you bringing your own with you? Do you plan on eating out every day or buying from a grocery store?
Are you going to be renting a car or using public transportation? These are some of the things that you should consider while setting up your budget and spending money. You should make sure that you’re setting aside enough in your budget to be able to cover these types of things.