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Fiji Liveaboard Diving

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Fiji is one of those dream destinations that conjures up images of white sandy beaches, azure lagoons fringed with coconut trees, and of course the warmth of the friendly local people. It is also the top diving spot in the South Pacific, where you can combine your love for great diving with the ideal holiday destination.

Liveaboard diving in Fiji - photo courtesy of Garden Island Resort
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While the Fiji Islands can deliver a great variety of exciting pelagics, sharks, barrier reefs and wall diving, it is the astoundingly colourful reefs for which Fiji diving is best known.

In underwater channels where current brings forth enormous colourful blooms of yellow, orange and purple splendour, you'll see why Fiji is crowned the Soft Coral Capital of the World by the scuba diving community.

Bligh Water and the Koro Sea

The Bligh Waters is a name that brings up childhood memories of adventure on the high seas, and these liveaboard trips provide plenty of action, taking in some of the most famous dive sites in Fiji such as E6, a huge pinnacle surrounded by a spectacular marine ecosystem. Here you can spot schooling barracuda, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays and enter 'The Cathedral' an awesome swim-through where light filters down from above.

Nigali Passage is a world famous drift where you can see innumerable grey reef sharks, big schools of trevally, barracuda, snappers and red sea bass, and maybe even mantas and hammerheads. Chimneys at Namena Island in the Koro Sea, is a dive site consisting of 3 pillars around which dog-tooth tuna, sharks and barracudas patrol. But there are plenty of smaller things to catch the eye too such as nudibranchs, pipefish, hawkfish and swarms of anthias.

Some of the other islands that you will visit in Bligh Water and the Koro Sea are Wakaya, Gau and Koro islands. For more detailed information, visit our Bligh Water and Koro Sea diving website section.

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Taveuni, Kioa and the Ringgold Atolls

On this more northerly Fiji liveaboard diving route you can take in dive sites around the Ringgold Atolls which are characterised by crystal clear visibility and dramatic wall drop-offs that make prime spots to meet pelagics such as barracuda, tuna, eagle rays and sharks. In the Somosomo Strait, the channel that runs between the islands of Taveuni and Vanua Levu, you'll visit some of Fiji's bigger named sites, such as The Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef, where the stronger currents can bring along just about any type of hunting pelagic fish in search of the resident topical reef fish.

Annie's Bommies is a dive site typical of Taveuni Island. When the current is up, soft corals dominate the rainbow vista and shelter all manner of nudibranchs, gobies and pipefish. Purple Haze is another descriptively named dive site where the proliferation of purple soft corals can be as breathtaking, as the vast schools of snappers and groupers cruise by in the blue.

Other dive sites you may visit in Taveuni and around Kioa and Rabi islands include Kokoda Point, Eel Diamond, The Edge and Yellowstone. For more detailed information, visit our Taveuni diving website section.

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Anemonefish in bulb-tentacle anemone, Fijian Islands - photo courtesy of Mike Greenfelder

Diving Season

You can dive Fiji by liveaboard all year round. Often the best diving is to be found between April and October. November to January tends to see more rainfall, with the rainy season officially extending into March. These are the months when mantas and whales can most frequently been seen.

Peak visibility is from July to September, when the surface can be a little choppy and with water perhaps as cool as 22°C (though it is seldom low in the Koro Sea). The water temperature is around 30°C during November to April, which are Fiji's summer months.

Reef Summary

Great for: Large animals, visibility, beginner divers, non-diving activities
Not so great for: Wreck diving
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 15 - 40m
Currents: None to very strong
Surface Conditions: Calm but can be choppy during July to September
Water temperature: 22 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: >150
Recommended length of stay: 1 - 2 weeks

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