The country of Fiji is naturally blessed with an abundance of marine natural resources. It has truly attractive beaches, reefs and atolls that attract thousands of tourists from around the world. The color-candy corals and assortment of reef fishes make snorkeling in Fiji an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Located in the South West Pacific, Fiji is in the middle of other Pacific island-nations, such as Vanuatu, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Samoan Islands. Fiji is an archipelago that is made up of more than 300 islands and only 110 of them are inhabited. That means more than 200 islands remain untouched by human development. Some of these uninhabited islands are perfect locations for snorkeling, an example of which is the Mamanuca group of islands.
Mamanuca (pronounced as Mamanutha) Islands consists of about 30 breath-taking islands, several of which are uninhabited and while some are inhabited with Fijians living in old traditional homes. Located north of Nadi city, this group of islands offers 20 resorts, 10 of which are first-class luxury resorts, spread among its amazing white-sand beaches. They are what Paradise dream vacations are made of. Almost every island is blessed with powdery white sands, spectacular dive sites, picnic areas with gently swaying palm trees and relaxing sea breeze, and crystal clear waters that make them perfect for snorkeling.
There are really no best snorkeling sites in the whole of Fiji, because all of the islands offer unique, unforgettable experiences in snorkeling and diving. In fact, one does not need to bother traveling far from the main cities of Savu and Nadi. Located in the island of Viti Levu, Suva and Nadi offer the amazing Coral Coast between them. Viti Levu is the biggest, most important, and most populated island among Fiji’s nine island regions.
Only two hours from the Nadi International Airport is Pacific Harbour, known to be an exciting place for snorkeling. Pacific Harbour is Fiji’s longest and safest beach, and to many tourists, has the best sands. It is home to the Beqa Lagoon, a world-renowned spot for snorkeling and which the famous Jacque Cousteau described as “The Soft Coral Capital of the World”. It also offers two other snorkeling-friendly beaches, Natadola Beach and Nanana-i-Ra.
Nanana-i-Ra is a tiny island with pristine white sand beaches off Viti Levu. There are five resorts (four are expensive, luxury hotels) in this tiny island that is only 3.5 square kilometers. There are plenty of corals and marine creatures to see and enjoy. The Blight Water site to the north is a popular diving destination, but snorkelers must be aware that there have been sightings of sea snakes in the area. This islet is also known for windsurfing during the dry season from June to August. Tourists flock to this island in these months so it is advised to make an early reservation. Nanana-i-Ra is also known for canoeing, tennis, and fishing.
Other destinations for snorkeling in Fiji are the Yasawa, Lomaiviti, Taveuni, Kadavu and Vanau Levu groups of islands. There are several dive shops everywhere that rent out and sell snorkeling gear such as snorkels, masks, fins and life jackets.