The Fiji archipelago is encircled by reefs. Within its protected waters are shallow lagoons, soft corals and an abundance of stunning tropical fish as well as reef sharks, dolphins, manta rays and turtles. Throughout the islands, coral reefs are accessible either directly from the beach (ideal for snorkeling) or just a short boat ride away. Caves, steep walls and drop-offs up to 100 meters deep, 30-km long drift dives and night dives are also popular. The Fiji can be divided into several groups geographically close that are similar in diving conditions and attractions. In the areas of Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands there is a huge reef encircling both island groups, creating a protected shallow lagoon with numerous dive sites; in the Southern Islands are the Astrolabe Reef and Beqa Lagoon, which include numerous soft corals, reef bommies and passages; the Northern Islands include the Rainbow Reef and the Great White Wall, with advanced drift diving through channels, as well as shark feeding dives; Lomaiviti has two separate barrier reefs between the two main islands of Fiji. There is excellent marine life there, like mantas and hammerheads. The Lau group is also known for its stunning visibility and pelagic encounters such as a variety of sharks and on occasion, even sailfish. A Fiji liveaboard cruise will cover more sites than any land-based experience and will also give you the chance to dive the more remote and less-visited spots. Sea temperatures are perpetually warm, ranging from 25°C in winter and up to 30°C in summer at depths of 5 meters. Visibility is excellent in the Fiji Islands, often more than 50 meters, which can be substantially reduced between November and February due to plankton blooms and stronger seasonal winds that churn up the water in the mid-afternoon. During summer, between November and April, there is a strong probability of cyclones. Other than these issues, it is possible to dive in the Fiji all year round.
Fiji is an island nation in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand. Its closest neighbors are Vanuatu to the west, France's New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas, France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast and Tuvalu to the north. The country comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total area of some 194,000 km² of which around 10% is land. Fiji is the hub of the South West Pacific. The islands are mountainous, with peaks up to 1,324 meters, and covered with thick tropical forests. The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm most of the year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November till April and the cooler season May to October. Temperature in the cool season averages 22°C. Rainfall is variable, the warmer season experiences heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though tropical cyclonic storms can occur from November to April.
To enter the Fiji, you'll need an onward ticket, a passport and a visa. Citizens of some countries are granted visitor permits on arrival that last 4 months.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travellers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination. Avoid mosquito-borne illnesses, such as dengue fever and even elephantiasis by covering up thoroughly or using repellents. Fiji, like most of the South Pacific, can have intense solar radiation that can cause severe skin-burns in a short amount of time. Use extreme caution in urbanized areas after nightfall. Travelers have been victims of violent crime, particularly in Suva. Travelers have reported the regularity of petty robberies, muggings, and violence.
Public phones are numerous and usually easy to find (look around shops). All phones are prepaid - you must first purchase a calling card. Roaming is also possible, although it may be expensive. You must activate it at your home country before travelling. You can usually get internet access in the major cities, in Internet cafés and hotels.
240V/50Hz (Australian plug), might need a transformer, adapter and power strip.
There is only one hyperbaric chamber in the Fiji Recompression Chamber Facility in Suva.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Fiji? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Fiji, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Fiji have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Fiji and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Fiji? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Fiji? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Fiji.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Fiji? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Fiji. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Fiji? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Fiji. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Fiji? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Fiji. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.