Fiji’s Dive Liveaboards
Imagine waking up every day on location, at a different dive site every day? There are over 300 islands in the Fiji Islands archipelago, and countless coral reefs to explore. Exploring Fiji’s underwater world on a dive liveaboard, you get to visit Fiji’s more remote dive sites, including the Namena Marine Reserve in the Lomaiviti group of islands and the Great Sea Reef, the third longest barrier reef in the world, out of reach from most dive resorts.
Diving Fiji by dive liveaboard has two advantages; you get to dive a greater range of locations within a relatively short time frame (from the comfort of a cruise ship), and you get to dive Fiji’s more remote dive sites, including the Great Sea Reef and the Namena Marine Reserve, Fiji’s largest marine protected area.
There are two liveaboards to choose from in Fiji, including the Nai’a liveaboard, which explores Bligh Water and the Koro Sea, and Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, which offers diving aboard their small cruising ship the MV Reef Endeavour.
The Nai’a Liveaboard departs Lautoka year-round, with 7 and 10-day itineraries visiting some of Fiji’s best dives sites around the islands and barrier reefs near Vatu-I-Ra in Bligh Water, Namena, Wakaya and Gau in the Koro Sea.
The dive sites around Wakaya Island border a 1000-metre deep channel, through which pass humpback, sperm and pilot whales. Divers often see manta rays at cleaning stations and hammerhead sharks cruising by. On Nai’a’s 10-day charters, divers are able to visit the more remote dive sites of the Koro Sea and renown dive sites around Gau Island, such as the beautiful Nigali Passage.
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has a PADI dive team on-board its small ship cruising vessel the MV Reef Endeavour. Departing from Port Denarau each week, cruising the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, it also offers two northern itineraries with options to dive all the best sites Vanua Levu has to offer including the Great Sea Reef, the Rainbow Reef and Namena Marine Reserve, as well as the twice-annual Lau and Kadavu itinerary, which includes diving in the Somosomo Strait, and throughout the remote Lau Group as well as Kadavu.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The Nai’a departs Lautoka, on the north coast of Viti Levu, year-round for 7 and 10-day itineraries. As the Nai’a is Fiji’s only dedicated dive liveaboard, it is recommended to book early to secure a place.
The Reef Endeavour departs Port Denarau every week, however the northern itineraries are only offered 10 times a year, and the Lau Kadavu cruise operates only twice per year.
Visit the Nai’a and Captain Cook Cruises websites for detailed itineraries of the dive sites visited.