Diving in Fiji

SEASON

It's dive season all-year round in Fiji’s warm tropical waters are but April – October is the main diving season. Visibility peaks during the cooler/drier season between July and September.  Waters during this time average 25C and visibility can exceed 130ft in some places.

Summer downpours and warmer water  (28-30C) are common during the months of November – March.  Plankton blooms and run-off from large in some areas off the two main islands attracts larger plankton-feeding whales and manta rays.

The months between the wet and dry seasons (November, April and May) provide perfect mix of dive conditions but 3-5mm wetsuits are recommended for comfort.

HOW TO DIVE FIJI

* Pick A Region To Dive

Dive options abound so simply pick a region and a resort that gives you access to the dive sites in that area.  Many dive companies are based at one resort but will service guests in the area as well.  Our recommended dive regions below will help you decide which region suits you best.

* Dive Live-aboard Expeditions
For serious divers, this multi-day, multi-site dive adventure takes you to some of Fiji’s best remote dive sites not usually accessible from a resort.  These include sites in the Bligh waters, Koro Sea, Namena Marine Reserve and Kadavu. In addition to dives, there are usually many non-diving activities to entertain guests during surface time.  Non-divers can also accompany their partners at a different rate. Some re-knowned liveaboards include Nai’a (Lautoka) and the Fiji Siren (Rakiraki).
 

GREAT DIVE REGIONS

Coral reefs are as typical of our islands as swaying palms trees and sensational sunsets and diving can be enjoyed off almost all of them.  The regions below are known for their accessibility to some outstanding dive sites.

VITI LEVU
The International Airport is located in Nadi on Viti Levu; Fiji’s largest island.  Some of Fiji’s best dive regions are just a car ride away so you need not leave the island.
 
Pacific Harbour Shark Dive:
In a league of its own and a bucket-list experience for seasoned divers, this dive is often dubbed the best ‘Shark Dive In the World’.  The underwater shark-feeding spectacle attracts up to eight species of shark (including Bulls and Tigers) and is making huge strides in shark research, conservation and community engagement.  Pacific Harbour  - Fiji’s Adventure capital - is a 2.5hr drive from Nadi.  The principal companies conducting the dives are Beqa Adventure Divers and Aquatrek.

Located off Pacific Harbour, Beqa Island can be accessed from the main island by a short boat ride.  The usually calm, shallow lagoon that surrounds the island teems with marine life and you can expect pinnacles, wrecks and a plethora of soft corals.
The Lagoon can be easily accessed from the main island – particularly from Pacific Harbour and the Coral Coast in southern Viti-Levu. Accommodation options and surface activities abound in both regions as well as Beqa island.

Suncoast - Rakiraki:
A 2/12 hour drive north of Nadi, diving off Rakiraki is one of Fiji’s best kept secrets.   This pocket of paradise promises pristine reefs and over 50 dive sites in the Bligh Waters and Vatu-i-Ra Passage.

A cluster of resorts can be found on and around the island’s northern-most peninsula.  The area is also known for great hiking, deep sea fishing and seasonal kite-boarding and windsurfing.

OFF VITI-LEVU:
Many world-famous dive regions are found off Viti-Levu and you will need to fly or take a ferry transport from Viti-Levu to access them.  Many accommodation options are also available in these regions.

Taveuni – Somosomo Strait

The Somosomo Strait separates Vanua Levu from Fiji’s ‘Garden’ island; Taveuni.  This calm, narrow body of water boasts some of Fiji’s best dive sites including the famed ‘Great White Wall’ and ‘Rainbow Reef’.  The area is named for the prolific ‘Dendronephthya’ soft coral species which paints the reef in a carpet of colours and largely contributes to Fiji’s Soft Coral Capital’ tag.

Bligh Waters & The Koro Sea
The nutrient-rich Bligh Waters and Koro Sea attract numerous schools of fish and their larger predators.  The stronger current in these waters is more suitable for intermediate and experienced divers.   Large marine mammals like humpback whales are also sighted passing through these waters from July – October for breeding and calving.

The best way to see these sites are on dive live-aboards although some resorts exist on Namena, Wakaya, Koro and other islands in the Lomaiviti group.

Kadavu
Kadavu is Fiji’s southern-most island and closest to the Great Astrolabe Reef – one of the world’s most extensive reefs. Breathtaking dive sites abound in the waters around Kadavu and is regularly visited by mantas (all-year), pilot whales (Apr-May) and oceanic hammerheads (Jul-Aug).

Kadavu can be accessed by small plane and there are a number of resorts to stay at.