Scuba diving is almost always the top reason for visiting a Pacific island paradise such as Fiji. Scuba diving in Fiji offers the best experience in this specialized sport. Although scuba diving is not for everyone, first-time divers and snorkelers will surely enjoy Fiji’s many dive sites as much as expert divers would.
There are tons of spectacular dive sites scattered around Fiji’s 322 islands. While there are so many to choose from, the following four dive sites are the most frequently visited ones. First is the island of Taveuni, which is popularly called the “Garden Island” for its abundant underwater corals that look like a colorful, submerged garden. Divers are treated to an array of colorful marine creatures along the Rainbow Reef, which is made of amazing soft corals. The water below is warm and clear, making the brilliantly colored reefs stand out all the more. Popular dive sites on this island are the Great White Wall, The Ledge, Jerry’s Jelly, and Annie’s Bommie.
Next is Kadavu Island and its Great Astrolabe Reef. Situated on the southern part of the island, this immense reef is the largest in Fiji and the third largest in the world. Yet, this amazing reef that is teeming with soft and hard corals is relatively less dived than other, less impressive spots. It is in fact called “Virgin Diving”. A huge area of the reef is yet to be explored. The most dived area is the Naiqoro Passage, which is popular for its wide range of corals and marine animals. Sharks and barracudas are a regular here.
Third is the Wananavu Beach Resort for its rich collection of coral sites and perhaps the largest varieties of fishes in Fiji. Its most popular site is Black Forest, which is called that name for its rare black coral trees. Other sites in Wananavu are the Golden Dreams, Tunnel City, Macarena, Seqa na Leqa, Dreammaker, Vatu-I-Ra Passages, Amazing Maze, Pavilion, and the Garden of Eden. Just by their names one gets a good idea of what’s under the water.
Finally, Beqa Lagoon is known for its color-candy corals. There are a few spots here for novice divers. Located just south of Suva, Beqa Lagoon showcases the Side Streets, Caesar’s Rocks, and Carpet Cove dive sites. But perhaps the most popular site in this lagoon is the wreck under Tasu No. 2. There is something intriguing and ghastly about wreck dive sites. Underneath Tasu No. 2 is a 200-ton fishing vessel that’s been resting there upright since 1994.
Another wreck site in Fiji is the Salamanda off the Sonaisali Island. Divers may swim through the sunken vessels interiors. There also a plane wreck and yacht wreck underneath the Sonaisali waters.
The most common marine life forms in Fiji are sharks, barracudas, turtles, octopus, turtles, batfish, amberjack, clown fish, bump nose wrasse, manta rays, moray eels, red emperors, eagle rays, rainbow runners, sea stars, coral trout, triggerfish, box fish, squirrel fish, surgeon fish, electric rays, and butterfly fish, just to mention a few. There are many more kinds but it is quite difficult to keep count since the Fiji waters are extremely rich in marine life, not to mention black coral trees, gorgonian fans, and sponges. These are enough to keep scuba diving in Fiji on top of everyone’s To-Do list.