Tips for planning your luxury Fiji dive holiday.
Fiji boasts some of the world’s best dive spots. Warm water, great visibility and a myriad of beautiful coral and colourful fish – it doesn’t get much better for the dive enthusiast! Fiji’s reefs offer an amazing diving experience.
From swimming alongside schooling fishes and large pelagics to weaving among shallow soft coral laden with bommies, Fiji has it all. Spanning 1.3 million square kilometres, the Fijian archipelago encompasses one of the most expansive reef systems in the world. From wild advanced current dives in shark-infested passages, to calm and sheltered beginner dives along shallow, sandy-bottomed patches. Barrier reefs, atolls, patch reefs, channels, passages and fringing reefs offer everything divers at all levels of experience could wish for.
THE BEST TIME TO DIVE IN FIJI
Diving in Fiji is excellent all year round because it is not affected by land runoff or large-scale weather shifts. During summer (December – March) the water temperature sits between 27-30°C (75-80°F). Higher water temperatures do increase the oceanic plankton growth which can reduce visibility however only the fussiest of divers would notice. During winter (June – September) the water temperatures drop to a comfortable 24-27°C (70-75°F). Visibility of more than 100ft (30m) is better during the cooler months.
First time divers
Fiji offers plenty of perfect diving spots for the first time or inexperienced divers. If you don’t have a dive certificate – don’t worry as most resorts offer dive certification courses onsite. Ask us for more information about Fiji dive certification.
PLACES TO DIVE IN FIJI
Kadavu Region Diving
The North Astrolabe Lagoon offers close proximity to some excellent diving just off the main island of Viti Levu.
This barrier reef is the perfect example of Fiji’s amazing soft corals and your likely to see large pelagic species, schooling barracudas and turtles. Hosting many dive sites, the reef is one of the places where manta ray encounters are common. Divers can explore numerous channels and passages while viewing pristine coral formations teeming with tropical fish.
There is about 25 nm of open water from NE Beqa to Usbourne Passage before you enter into the lee of the Kadavu reefs and the entrance into the North Astrolable lagoon.
There are great waterfalls on the southern side of Kadavu Island in Kadavu village.
The Great Astrolabe Reef Diving
The fourth largest reef in the world, the Great Astrolabe Reef encircles the celestial Kadavu Island Group creating a natural protective lagoon.
Approximately 100km South of mainland Fiji, the Great Astrolabe Reef is remote and untouched. Famous for offering some of the best diving, snorkelling, and fishing on the planet.
Only metres from the shore, you’ll discover the reef’s spectacle of colours, diversity of marine life and wondrous coral gardens. The more adventurous traveller need only venture a little further to encounter turtles, swim with manta rays and admire the majesty of whales, during the season.
Shark Reef Marine Reserve Diving, Pacific Harbour
This hard coral reef of Shark Reef Marine Reserve, just off Vitu Levu’s south coast, is where guided shark encounters take place. More than 8 shark species frequent this reef including bull sharks, tawny grey nurse sharks, white-tip, black-tip and grey reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, silvertips and the occasional tiger shark.
Beqa Lagoon Diving
Situated off the coast of Vitu Levu’s Coral Coast, the large Beqa Lagoon has nearly 100 different dive sites full of colourful reefs and alive with tropical fish, multi-hued soft coral and other marine life. The water is generally calm, clear and warm.
Namena Marine Protected Reserve Diving, Savusavu
This magnificent barrier reef is a protected marine reserve populated by brilliant soft corals, invertebrates and a variety of hard corals. It hosts several dive sites with bommies and pinnacles. You’re likely to see a few sharks and other pelagics, and may even spy garden eels in the sand.
Somosomo Strait Diving, Taveuni
A couple of renowned dive sites occupy the narrow passage between Vanua Levu and Taveuni. You can swim through tunnels of soft corals and cruise walls with brilliant displays of white soft corals with colourful sea whips, gorgonian fans, sponges and crinoids. Look for pelagics off the wall and lionfish, octopus and morays in the shallows.
Bligh Waters Diving
Between Fiji’s two main islands, the dive sites here are best visited by liveaboard. The water moves through the channels bringing in nutrients to support a large array of marine life, from tiny fish to large predators.
North & West of Viti Levu Diving
The best for casual and relatively new divers this area offers easy diving with very few currents. Most sites are relatively shallow and you’ll see schools of small colourful fish.
LUXURY RESORTS CLOSE TO FIJI’S BEST DIVE SPOTS
Kokomo Fiji is a slice of tropical paradise where pristine reefs set the scene for an unrivaled holiday or honeymoon experience. This is a place where spectacular white sand beaches are yours for the taking, privacy is paramount, service is superior and you are the priority. From your spectacular sea plane arrival, an island of adventures and sea of activities awaits you. Everything you need and more is at your fingertips at Kokomo, a consummate luxury Fiji resort.
Kokomo is a private island on the edge of the celestial Kadavu Island Group and is encircled by the famous Great Astrolabe Reef , the fourth largest reef in the world and one of the best dive sites on the planet. Only metres from the shores of Kokomo, you’ll discover the reef’s spectacle of colours, diversity of marine life and wondrous coral gardens and structures. The more adventurous traveller need only venture a little further to encounter turtles, swim with manta rays and admire the majesty of whales, during the season.
Kokomo diving fast facts :
- There are 40 unique dive sites which range from depths of 8 metres to 30 metres.
- Kokomo is a 5 Star PADI Dive Resort catering for novice to experienced divers.
- The resort offers bountiful excursions within the surrounding reefs.
- For the novice diver, the resort offers the Internationally popular diver program “Discover SCUBA Diving” – the safest training to allow a 12-metre ocean dive.
- All levels of training are provided at the resort and their instructors and facility are certified to train individuals from zero experience to first level professionals “Dive Master” rating.
The resort’s resident Marine Biologist, Cliona O’Fiaherty, gives guest an insight into coral restoration and marine conservation for anyone who is eager to learn. Presentations and excursions are available for guests keen to learn about the reef systems surrounding Kokomo.
If you are fascinated by the reef but not a lover of the sea, you can book a ride on the resort’s glass bottom boat and experience the magnificent corals and marine life without getting wet.
Kokomo Private Island is a retreat for families, a haven for honeymooners, and paradise for lovers of authentic barefoot experiences.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located in the idyllic Mamanuca Group which comprises 20 palm fringed islands surrounded by crystal clear emerald green water. The Mamanuca Islands are home to some of the world’s most exclusive resorts.
The resort’s luxuriously appointed bures all feature beautiful views of Likuliku Lagoon and the ocean. Each bure has been built with authentic architecture, natural materials and traditional features. The beachfront bures have with direct beach and Lagoon access, many of which have their own private plunge pool. All with a personal daybed retreat and private courtyard with secluded outdoor shower. The 10 unique and spacious over-water bures sit majestically above the coral reef and give guests access from their own private balcony straight into the ocean.
Tokoriki Island is a luxury adults-only resort in the Mamanuca Islands, is the perfect setting for couples seeking affordable luxury in a contemporary, boutique location. With warm Fijian hospitality and caring attention to detail, Tokoriki is the perfect destination for a child-free holiday.
With picturesque white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, the resort offers affordable indulgence with a contemporary twist. There is so much to do at Tokoriki Island Resort, energize with tennis, explore island plants with ancient healing properties on a guided nature walk, visit the local village, experience a traditional kava ceremony, meet the Fijian ladies at the handicraft beach markets and receive a hearty welcome from the primary school students.
Dive the wonderful, warm waters with the Padi team or simply snorkel the stunning house reefs, island hop, escape on a 4hr secluded island picnic, relax poolside with a cocktail or unwind with a sensational spa retreat.
VOMO offers a new style of luxury that is understated, organic and genuine. With two spectacular private islands to explore, renowned snorkelling and diving, creative dining options and hip bars, award-winning day spa and more, VOMO has become one of Fiji’s favourite luxury resorts for couples and families needing a genuinely transformative escape.
VOMO is a private island escape. Home to long stretches of white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, this 5 star, all-inclusive resort merges contemporary design sophistication with the island’s stunning natural surrounds. A new style of luxury that is understated, organic and genuine.
VOMO is located in Fiji’s stunning Mamanuca Islands Group. Comprising of 20 palm fringed islands surrounded by crystal clear emerald green water, the Mamanuca Islands Fiji are home to some of the world’s most exclusive resorts. Located off the west coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, the region is one of pristine beauty. Visitors can partake in a range of water sports including diving in beautiful coral gardens, surfing world famous breaks, cruising and fishing. The region is where the Tom Hanks film Castaway was filmed. You can take a day trip to the uninhabited Modriki Island to see various locations where the movie was filmed.
Nanuku Auberge Resort is a boutique beachfront resort overlooking the pristine waters of Beqa Lagoon that melds contemporary luxury with traditional Fijian design.
Set amongst lush tropical gardens, the resort features personal butlers, private nannies and a tailored holiday experience. It is perfectly positioned adjacent to Pacific Harbour, the adventure capital of Fiji and a region that offers amazing diving spots, world famous surf breaks, game fishing, white water rafting, shark diving experiences, white water rafting and so much more.
Nanuku Auberge Resort is the perfect base to explore Fiji’s Pacific Harbour region, the “adventure capital of Fiji”.
Here you can experience everything from mild excitements to full-blown adrenaline rushes with activities to suit all ages.
PLANNING YOUR LUXURY FIJI DIVE HOLIDAY
We are experts in building unique and wonderful Fiji holiday experiences for families, honeymooners, adventure travellers, wedding couples, and groups, the team at Five Vacations have first-hand knowledge of the magnificent Fiji Islands and all that it offers.
Five Vacations has been designed to embrace the need for travel advice at the high-end, luxury level. Five Vacations is led by a team of passionate and dedicated Fiji travel advisors – all of whom have visited our 5 luxury feature properties, all have first-hand experience. The specialist travel agents at Five Vacations are all accredited Fiji Matai Specialists – meaning we have knowledge and expertise that you can trust.
We believe that your Fiji luxury holiday should never be packaged up as a deal. Luxury should be built from this first-hand experience. Luxury should be recommended, tailored. It should be bespoke.
Five Vacations guests will benefit from this knowledge, dedication and passion. Additionally, there are a number of unique benefits when booking your Luxury holiday with Five Vacations – upgrades when available, VIP fast-tracking through immigration at Nadi Airport, Luxury vehicle transfers and more.
Your experience with Five Vacations will be more than just a trip. It will be a luxury vacation tailored to your every need. You will want to experience more than five vacations with Five Vacations.