Fiji Dive Sites
The vivid colours in clear blue water and teeming fish life makes Fiji a special place to visit even without the amazing shark dives that the sites are known for.
Although known for the stunning soft corals found in the area, Fiji dive sites offer so much more. Often the dives are drifting with the strong currents, over steep walls and pinnacles. The water movement makes the sites ideal for spotting the varied marine life on the pelagic dives. A variety of sharks and rays are common here along with huge schools of fish.
Macro enthusiasts will not be disappointed either. The pristine reefs hold many unusual finds from blue-ribbon eels to leafy scorpionfish.
The topography is seamounts, pinnacles, walls, drop offs, wrecks and amazing reefs. Shark dives with large numbers and up to ten different species can be seen on your liveaboard cruises.
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Fiji's dive sites are located around the islands of Viti Levu, Gau, Makongi and Wakaya and in the Namena Marine Reserve.
Viti Levu Highlights
Viti Levu is the largest island in the archipelago, there are dive areas all around the island, Beqa, Blight Water, and Kadavu.
Beqa is famous for shark diving and a marine reserve was founded to protect the many species found here.
Beqa Lagoon is known as ‘the coral capital of the world’ but also offers nine different shark species: bull, lemon, tiger, grey reef, white tip reef, black tip reef, nurse and silver tip. It is the numbers of sharks along with the variety that make this one of the best shark dives worldwide. The bull sharks are found in the deeper area next to the drop-off of the Abyss and the smaller species are in the Den area at around 16m. Other larger marine life here include Napoleon wrasse, giant grouper and java morays.
Carpet Cove is a Japanese fishing vessel at 30m of depth that sank in 1994, as with the rest of the site soft corals now cover the structure. Chevron Barracuda and trevallies circle the area whilst lionfish stay close to it.
Surrounding the wreck is the hard and soft coral reef where the blue ribbon eel is resident. Batfish, wrasse and scorpion leaf fish in many colours are also found here.
Caesar’s Rock, consists of five pinnacles rising from 30m to 5m named after the village chief. Currents often run here causing soft corals and sea fans to filter feed creating a very colourful dive.
As one of the top sites in Beqa the swim-throughs and coral-lined tunnels housing nudibranchs, blennies and long nose hawkfish are ideal for photographers, for larger marine life there are schooling tuna, turtles and an occasional Manta ray passing.
Tasu II is ideal for photographers as the calm conditions allow for longer bottom times. This scuttled 30m fishing vessel lies on a sandy bottom next to the seven sisters pinnacles that sank in 1990. Chevron barracuda are generally above the wreck, groupers inside and pipefish on the structure.
The Seven Sisters
The Seven sisters dive site is a short distance over a sand area, look for leopard sharks, flatworms and gobies with their shrimps. There are seven pinnacles as the name suggests covered in corals, sea fans and crinoids with anthias hovering over. Moray eels, butterfly fish and octopus are on the reef with both black and white tip reef sharks circling nearby.
Rusi’s pinnacle is the largest wreck in the Beqa area and a two-deck fishing vessel sank in 2000 sat at 35m already covered in soft corals. The site is named after the pinnacle close by which rises to 5m covered in sponge and anemones so ideal for a colourful safety stop.
At 40m in length, the wreck is home to a varied marine life including a well camouflaged giant frogfish on the top level.
This seamount was discovered by a private flight charter searching for new dive sites in Bligh water, it rises from 1000m that has nutrient-rich water funnelled between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
The pinnacle surface is covered in hard and soft corals home to crustaceans and molluscs with a large overhang area filled with gorgonian sea fans.
Eagle rays, trevally, barracuda, white tip reef sharks and the occasional whale and hammerhead are seen passing by in the current filled waters.
Other pinnacles in the area are Hi-8 and Mount Mutiny with similar topography and marine life.
Gau Island has many dive sites to explore that have abundant marine life and from the surface passing whales and dolphins.
Close to Gau Island is a cut in the barrier reef known for the multiple grey reef sharks found there in the season. There is a four-hour time window where conditions allow dives to take place here due to the unusual topography. Strong currents mean this is a drift dive, as well as a shark feeding one, besides the grey reef sharks look for schools of trevally, barracuda, cod, snappers and occasional manta rays and hammerhead sharks.
Koro Gardens is one large bommie 29 to 14m covered in hard corals and swarming with reef fish.
There are giant moray eels, nudibranchs, napoleon wrasse, schools of fusiliers and jackfish along with hawksbill turtles.
Shark Fin Point
Shark Fin Point is a drift dive off the north east of Koro Island with large schools of barracuda, eagle rays, white tip and grey reef sharks and the occasional whale shark. On the hard and soft coral reef look for lobsters and moray eels.
Jim's Alley is a soft coral dive with a coral garden and bommies in the shallows with whip coral and anemones. Macro life is prolific here but a real highlight is the manta rays that often visit the area.
Makongi Island has unspoilt dive sites with many species of sharks and manta rays. Macro life is also prolific with ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and crustaceans.
Coral Gardens is a stepped platform reef of hard and soft corals where visibility can be lower due to the high plankton content of the water. Large numbers of turtles can be found here along with moray eels, lionfish, white tips and nurse sharks.
White Rock named after the white top of the site that breaks the surface, located at the entrance to the Makongi Channel. Common sites here are eagle rays, white tips, schooling fusiliers and manta rays.
Wakaya island has varied topography and marine life with something for macro and big fish divers alike.
Blue Ridge is a wall dive from 10 to 30m that then slopes down to the abyss of the Koro Sea, covered in hard and soft corals varied macro life can be found here. Look for leaf fish, ribbon eels, fire gobies and dartfish. In the blue, schooling barracuda, white tip reef sharks and hammerheads can be seen.
Gem Stone outside the Wakaya passage is a wall dive that has plenty of corals and swim-throughs but is renowned for Manta Rays and Hammerhead sharks.
For night dives this area has flashlight fish making it a dive to remember.
Golden Rock is a cleaning station for manta rays providing long encounters with these amazing creatures. The coral block is covered in hard and soft corals with cleaner shrimps, ribbon eels, lion fish and much more.
Wakaya Pass is a wall dive with swim-throughs, overhangs and a sandy bottom at 42m. Ribbon eels, turtles, barracuda, white tip reef and nurse sharks are found here along with marble rays, manta rays and hammerhead sharks.
Namena Marine Reserve Highlights
Namena Marine Reserve is one of the most diverse areas in Fiji with pinnacles and drop-offs in the 70km2 reef system. Commercial fishing was prohibited here is 1997 allowing the area to recover from the activity in the 80’s and 90’s that threatened the marine ecosystem.
North Save A Tack
North Save A Tack is a drift dive along a wall descending to 25m with excellent visibility, schools of jacks, barracuda, and white tip, great and nurse sharks even the occasional manta ray.
The site has a sandy channel between two ridges with seagrass where garden eels and seahorses can be found, this leads to an archway covered in black coral, sea fans and soft corals, housing nudibranchs, shrimp and lobsters.
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station is a wall and plateau which enticed Cousteau to Fiji. This sheer wall that has schooling barracuda, trevally, parrotfish, tuna and mackerel with reef sharks both white and grey at the reef’s edge offers great diving for those who want pelagic life.
Chimneys consists of three coral covered blocks in a sandy area starting at 22m to 3m below the surface. Grey reef sharks patrol the area between them with garden eels and shrimp on the seabed, pipefish, nudibranchs, anemone and clownfish on the bommies.
Blue Ribbon is two soft coral covered pinnacles about 50m apart with strong currents usually running. Named after the blue ribbon eels found here the site offers a varied marine life with pristine corals.
Magic Mound is one coral block at 24m to 3m with plenty of white tips and grey reef shark sightings. Soft and hard corals along with anemones, sea fans and plenty of marine life.
There are plenty of trips and excursions to see inland on the islands, guided hikes to the summit of the island peaks or exploring the limestone caves of the interior.
Marine Park and Conservation in Fiji
There are several marine park fees for the established protected areas that will vary in cost depending o the exact schedule of the trips and a government environmental levy of 6% on some purchases.
All visitors to the Namena Marine Protected Area pay the park fee of US$ 12 that covers diving until 31st December of the same year.
The fee covers management costs of the park, patrolling and fuelling as well as mooring maintenance.
A part also goes towards community development projects such as the Kubulau Education Fund which enables the children of Kubulau to attend school.
The following achievements are as a direct result of the marine park formation:
- Elimination of destructive commercial fishing for nearly a decade.
- Installation of mooring buoys to reduce anchor damage.
- Provision of annual scholarships for Kubulau school children.
- Extension of the MPA to incorporate an additional 11 protected areas in a district-wide network of MPAs.