Snorkeling in Fiji

Reefs in a Riotous Range of Colors

The colors are truly amazing. In the soft coral capital of the world, sea fans grow in vivid shades of blue, pastel pinks and attention-getting reds and yellows. And then there are the fish, which often sport equally brilliant color schemes. Fiji's reefs present a kaleidoscopic vision of the undersea world, and all that is needed to discover this submerged wonderland is a dive mask and a pair of swim fins. Pick an island. It doesn't really matter which one, because each shoreline of this nation of islands is just a few fin kicks away from underwater adventure.

Highlights

  • Best for: Solos, couples and families, beach lovers, spa afficianados and adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier from June-September
  • Weather: Tropical weather patterns rotate between winter from May - Oct and summer from Nov - Apr with common rain showers. Air temperatures can drop to low 70s in the winter and mid to high 80s in summer. Chance of rain and storms increase in Jan and Feb

Fiji Information

Snorkeling in Fiji Overview

Many of the same world-famous reefs that bring divers to Fiji can also be enjoyed by snorkelers. In areas such as Rainbow Reef and Beqa Lagoon, shallow coral heads often sit in close proximity to deeper reefs and walls. In addition, a number of dive resorts operate dedicated snorkel boats to give access to shallow sites farther from shore.

Snorkeling in Fiji Tips

To fully enjoy Fiji's extraordinarily clear waters, make sure your dive mask doesn't fog up once you are in the water. To ensure a clear view, clean the inner surface of the mask with a mild soap and soft cloth prior to the trip, then apply a reasonable amount of defogging solution just before getting in the water.

Best Places for Snorkeling in Fiji

The barrier reef surrounding Beqa Island, creates calm, clear water for snorkelers to explore. Near Kadavu Island, the world's fourth longest barrier reef offers miles of sheltered coral lagoons. The reefs of Nananu-I-Ra and Nananu-I-Cake Islands are easily reached from Viti Levu. On the southern coast of Vanua Levu, Split Rock pinnacle is known for its abundant fish life. At Waidroka, snorkel reefs begin close to the beach.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in Fiji

Full-foot or “slipper style” fins are a good choice in Fiji waters, as there are few places where you need to wade across rocky shores in dive boots. In addition, full foot fins are more streamlined and have no buckles or straps to fool with. Add a form-fitting water shirt for sun protection for your exposed back.

Specials

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Lalati Resort and Spa

BEQA ISLAND - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 nights Cottage accommodations, Bat Island kayak excursion, boat snorkeling safari, 2-3 sites, approx 2.5 hours, waterfall trek and village encounter, roundtrip boat transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 3/31/18.
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From $1,075 per person double occupancy

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Volivoli Beach Resort

RAKIRAKI, VITI LEVU - TWO FREE NIGHTS includes 7 nights Ocean View accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily,1-hour SUP rental, 1 week unlimited Wifi pass, 1-hour daily massage and choose three out of the five activities listed, Snorkel outer reef option, Waterfall and history of Ra province tour, Island excursion, Rakiraki township local market trip, Village cultural tourroundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 3/31/18. Book by 12/15/17.
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From $1,882 per person double occupancy

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Matava Eco Resort

KADAVU ISLAND - ADVENTURE + SPA PACKAGE includes 7 nights Honeymoon Traditional bure accommodations, welcome leis and salsalu, welcome bottle of champagne anfd fruit plate, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including tea and coffee, secluded beach picnic, romantic private dinner on bure deck, guided kayak day trip, boat snorkel trip, signature Matava Spa treatment, traditional Lovo Feast and Kava Ceremony, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 3/31/18.
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From FJD2,990 (approx. USD$1,498) per person double diver

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Packages

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Namale Resort & Spa

SAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, customizable menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, beverages including alcohol, mini-bar including daily replenishment, kava drinking ceremonies, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Options to add-on Spa Packages, Snorkeling Tours (included in rate) and Cultural Tours (included in rate).
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From $3,265 per person double occupancy

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Wananavu Beach Resort

RAKIRAKI, VITI LEVU - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean View Bure accommodations, breakfast buffet daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. Add $592 per person for 7 days of lunch and dinner. Options to add-on Snorkeling Tours, Rafting Adventure and Island Discovery Cruise.
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From $545 per person double occupancy

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Lalati Resort and Spa

BEQA ISLAND - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Cottage accommodations, Bat Island kayak excursion, boat snorkeling safari, 2-3 sites, approx 2.5 hours, waterfall trek and village encounter, roundtrip boat transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $1,400 per person double occupancy

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Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa

SAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Garden Bure accommodations, snorkeling, stand up paddle boards, rainforest golf, tennis, volleyball, cultural demonstrations, hand line fishing, guided rainforest trekking, lawn games, bicycles, herbal walk, church service, school visit, Meke cultural dance, pearl presentation, floral arranging, and barefoot golf, free WiFi in common areas, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Options to add-on Adventure Package including Waterfall Expedition, Kayak Tour and One Hour Massage, Rainforest Spa Package including One hour Massage Body Wrap and One Hour Facial, and Day Trip to Snorkel Namena Island.
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From $1,347 per person double occupancy

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Paradise Taveuni

TAVEUNI ISLAND - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Oceanview Bure accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling Safari (guided trip on house reef), Guided Fiji Cultural Walk, Coconut Tree Climbing Demonstration, Fiji Cooking Lesson, Sulu Tying Lesson, Traditional Frond Weaving, Fish Feeding, Fiji Lovo Demonstration, Learn To Speak Fijian, Paradise Garden Tour, Scuba Pool Splash, Tropical Fruit Plate on arrival, free Paradise Massage – 30 minute massage per adult on day 1 or 2 of stay, free Vuna Reef boat snorkelling experience with divers Fiji, Night – Lovo Feast, Meke entertainment & Kava Ceremony, complimentary WiFi in main bure, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $1,919 per person double occupancy

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Matava Eco Resort

KADAVU ISLAND - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Oceanview Traditional Bure accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony, complimentary use of snorkel gear, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Waterfall Trek, Guided Ocean Kayak Trip, Snorkel Tour and Signature Matava Bobo Treatment.
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From $1,246 per person double occupancy

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Lalati Resort and Spa

BEQA ISLAND - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Cottage accommodations, Bat Island kayak excursion, boat snorkeling safari, 2-3 sites, approx 2.5 hours, waterfall trek and village encounter, roundtrip boat transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Resorts

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Lalati Resort and Spa

BEQA ISLAND - Power down, unplug, kick off your shoes and let yourself go. No roads, no cars, no sounds but the water on the shore, the gentle tradewinds in your hair. Lalati Resort and Spa offers guests a choice from 16 individually designed villas, suites and cottages. Three are scattered about a lush hillside, and 13 are nestled amongst tropical gardens at ocean level. Distinctively Fijian in nature, with a relaxed tropical style, the private accommodations bring the outdoors in, capturing the beauty of Malumu Bay and Beqa Island. Each room offers total privacy in a rustic style of elegance.
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Matava Eco Resort

KADAVU ISLAND - Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure is located on the secluded and magnificent island of Kadavu and bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef. Matava is a small and intimate getaway designed to blend with its natural environment with accommodations traditional to Fiji. Thatched Fijian bures are nestled in the rainforest, accommodate up to 22 guests and offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views.
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Namale Resort & Spa

SAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU - Namale puts typical all-inclusive dining in Fiji to rest in favor of sophisticated, elegant, five-star Fiji cuisine inspired by the rich flavors and traditions of the islands. Serving up daily rotating full service breakfasts, three-course lunches, and five-course dinners, our world-class culinary staff sources the freshest ingredients from our very own organic farm and local seafood markets. Enjoy fantastic meals in our two gorgeous open-air restaurants with ocean views, in private quarters, or at romantic locations throughout the resort, such as next to a waterfall or in a candlelit sea cave on the beach. All meals and snacks are included in your stay, as well as all beverages and alcohol, from fresh fruit juices and Fiji water to premium liquor, beer, wine, and spirits. Treat your tastebuds to the unique flavors of Fiji cuisine and the same high standard of quality Namale dedicates to every aspect of your stay.
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Volivoli Beach Resort

RAKIRAKI, VITI LEVU - Located on the north end of Viti Levu directly on the Bligh Water, Volivoli Beach Resort is a family owned and managed resort with a variety of stylish and comfortable accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer ocean views. Ra Divers is located on site and offers daily dive excursions to sites in Bligh Water and Vatu-I-Ra passage, as well as kayaks and snorkeling gear.
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Wananavu Beach Resort

RAKIRAKI, VITI LEVU - "Wananavu” means “perfect” in Fijian and Wananavu Beach Resort certainly aspires to be just that. Legendary dive sites crammed with sensational soft corals, critters and swarms of tropical fish are the big attraction for divers to this very popular dive resort.
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Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa

SAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU - This resort’s unspoiled northern location offers the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people. Koro Sun offers a truly native experience, dedicated to adventure, rejuvenation, and romance.
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Paradise Taveuni

TAVEUNI ISLAND - Paradise Taveuni is an oceanfront property nestled amongst lush tropical gardens with Rainforest Mountain as a backdrop. With only 10 Fijian Bures you are assured personalized service.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry into Fiji that must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of entry into the country. A return or onward ticket is also required. No visa is required for stays under 4 months. Your passport must have at least 1 blank page for entry stamp. Read about Fiji's entry and exit requirements here. Fiji has a departure tax of 200 FJD that should be included in your international ticket.

Immunizations

There are no immunizations required to enter Fiji. It is always recommended that you consult the CDC Website or check with your doctor for recommended vaccines.

Culture and Customs

Fijians take pride in being known as the friendliest people in the world. The welcoming and easy-going attitude that permeates their island culture invite visitors to venture beyond resorts and discover a traditional way of life that values relationships, traditions and inclusion. It's not uncommon for Fijians to strike up a conversation with total strangers, and take a genuine interest in those they meet. This spirit of hospitality can be found at Lovo feasts, where foods cooked in open pits are shared in a communal fashion. Fiji's most iconic cultural tradition is the yaqona or kava ceremony. The sharing of this mildly narcotic drink, which is made from the ground root of the kava plant, creates a sense of relation and wellbeing rather than impairment. When visiting a village, it is customary to bring a gift of kava root, and the drinking of a cup is followed by a cry of Bula! Traditions remain, but Fiji is not stuck in the past, and the well-developed tourism industry offers the expected range of water sports, spa services and land-based activities. There are a number of golf courses on the major islands, and tour companies provide a range of adventures from horseback rides, cycle tours and zip lines to off-road safaris and even whitewater rafting in streams that plunge from mountainous interiors.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50 Hz. Fiji has three flat pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc. A converter is recommended with a transformer to convert 240V to 110V. Some hotels offer universal outlets for either voltage appliances or adapters but to be guaranteed no problems it may be best to bring your own adapter.

The country code for the Fiji islands is 679. Direct dialing is available to and from Fiji. Check with your cell phone provider for international plans or voice, data and text. Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Many hotels have purified water. If in doubt, bottled water is available for purchase.

Language & Currency

Fiji has three official languages: Fijian, English and Hindi (a Fijian form of Hindi spoken by the Indian population which is different than Hindi spoken in India). There are also many Fijian dialects which are spoken by the indigenous Fijians (Bauan is the most common).

The currency is the Fijian dollar (FJD). For the current exchange rate click here. Major credit cards are welcomed by hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car agencies, cruises and travel agents. Currency may be exchanged at the airport upon arrival or from ATMs located at banks.

Time

Fiji observes Fiji Time (FJD) which is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+12GMT). Local time in Fiji is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time from March 1 to October 31. Fiji does observe Daylight Savings Time which is recognized as Fiji Summer Time (FJST) between November and February at which time it is 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+13 GMT). Although the 180° meridian passes through Taveuni, all of Fiji is west of the international dateline, so it's one day ahead of the United States.

Location, Size and Population

Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. The country occupies an archipelago of about 330 islands, scattered across 200,000 square miles of ocean, of which 100 are permanently inhabited. The two major island, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for approximately 85% of the total population. Fiji offers lagoons, rainforests, pine forests, mountains and over 1,000 miles of white sand beaches.

Fiji's population is 897,000 (2016).