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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

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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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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND FREE FIJI SHARK DIVE UPGRADE OR LALI SPA SERVICE!

Package includes 7 nights Fijian Style Villa accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, 3 gourmet meals daily, kayaking, hiking, Fijan culture/entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes.

Valid travel dates through 12/31/24. Book by 7/2/24!

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Sau Bay Resort & Spa

TAVEUNI ISLAND FIJI SCUBA DIVE PACKAGE FREE NITROX! 7 nights Deluxe Oceanfront Bure, 5 days of boat diving (13 total) including 12 boat dives + 1 shore guided night dive, unlimited shore dives on the house reef, free Nitrox, gourmet meal plan (b/l/d), transfers to and from Matei Airport or Vatuyalewa Jetty, free WiFi, 15-minute foot massage, use of kayaks, stand up paddleboards, daily housekeeping, turndown service, fees, taxes, and service charges.

Bonus: Village Tour | Kava Ceremony-Lovo Dinner |Beach BBQ | Floral Lei on Departure.

Valid: 6/15/24-12/15/24. Book by 8/30/24!

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Sau Bay Resort & Spa

TAVEUNI ISLAND Caradonna Exclusive Manta Dive & Snorkel Package!

7 nights Deluxe Oceanfront Bure, 15 Dives + Specialty Manta Snorkel including 2 days of 3-tank dives, 3 days of 2-tank dives on the Rainbow Reef, 1 day specialty 2-tank dive PLUS Manta Snorkel with beach BBQ, 1 guided night shore dive, unlimited shore diving house reef.

Gourmet Meals 7 days (full breakfast, 2-course lunch, afternoon snack, 3-course dinner), transfer to and from Matei Airport, free WiFi, 15-minute foot massage, use of kayaks, stand up paddleboards, daily housekeeping, turndown service, fees, taxes, and service charges.

Bonus: Village Visit | Friday Lovo Night | Floral Lei on Departure.

Valid for travel through 4/15/25. Add’l room categories and other dates also available! Book on-line or Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 or email us sales@caradonna.com.
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Namale Resort & Spa

SAVUSAVU - 2 FREE NIGHTS + 10 BOAT DIVES Garden Tropical Bure accommodations, 5 days 2-tank boat dives, full breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, picnics, beverages including alcohol, mini-bar including daily replenishment, use of motorized and non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing, banana boat rides, tennis, volleyball, bowling, indoor basketball, horseback riding, guided reef walks, guided rainforest hike and waterfall tour.

Valid for travel 6/1/24-6/30/25. Book by 7/8/25!
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From USD $3,991 per person double occupancy

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Volivoli Beach Resort

VITI LEVU - 10 NIGHT 19 BOAT DIVE PACKAGE FREE NIGHTS FREE DIVES includes accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, 3 days of 3-tank boat diving, unlimited shore diving on 3 house reefs, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, beach BBQ, coffee, tea and rainwater, traditional Meke performance, free use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and a variety of scheduled resort activities, free WFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 12/31/26. Book by 6/30/24.

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Volivoli Beach Resort

VITI LEVU - FREE NIGHTS + FREE DIVES DIVERS ONLY SPECIAL includes 5 night’s accommodations, 2 days of 2-tank boat dives, 1 days of 3-tank boat diving, unlimited shore diving on 3 house reefs, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, beach BBQ, coffee, tea and rainwater, traditional Meke performance, free use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and a variety of scheduled resort activities, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 12/31/26. Book by 6/30/24.

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From $1,815 per person double diver

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Volivoli Beach Resort

VITI LEVU - FREE NIGHTS + FREE DIVES DIVERS ONLY SPECIAL includes 7 night’s accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, 2 days of 3-tank boat diving, unlimited shore diving on 3 house reefs, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, beach BBQ, coffee, tea and rainwater, traditional Meke performance, free use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and a variety of scheduled resort activities, free WFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND SHARKFEST 2024 includes 7 nights Fijian style bure accommodations, 5 days of Shark Diving (2 dives each day/Cathedral Shark Dive Site), unlimited shore diving, plus 6 seminars with esteemed shark school specialist Chad Sinden.

3 gourmet meals daily, kayaking, hiking, Fijian culture/entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, and hotel tax.

Learn about Shark behavior & shark human interaction while diving the beautiful calm, clear waters of Fiji. Gain a wealth of knowledge from seminars and put these into practice diving with several species of sharks including the Majestic Tigers! Enter shark photo contests for prizes!

Valid 7/29/24-8/5/24.
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Packages

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Sau Bay Resort & Spa

TAVEUNI ISLAND 7 nights Deluxe Oceanfront Bure, 5 days of boat diving (13 total) including 12 boat dives + 1 shore night dive, and unlimited shore dives on the house reef, all meals, transfers to and from Matei Airport, free WiFi, 10 minute foot massage, use of kayaks, stand up paddleboards, daily housekeeping, turndown service, fees, taxes, and service charges. Deluxe Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Bure, or the Luxury Tented Treehouse Bure available for upgrade in the shopping cart on the next screen.
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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND FIJI ISLANDS DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 nights Fijian style villa accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, 3 gourmet meals daily, kayaking, hiking, Fijan culture/entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes.

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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND FIJI ISLANDS DIVE PACKAGE includes 6 nights Fijian style villa accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, 3 gourmet meals daily, kayaking, hiking, Fijan culture/entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes.

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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND VACATION PACKAGE includes 7 nights Deluxe Fijian Villa accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, unlimited use of kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, medicinal nature hike, afternoon story and history sessions, mat weaving and preperations, cultural entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes.
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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND FIJI ISLANDS DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Fijian style villa accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, 3 gourmet meals daily, kayaking, hiking, Fijan culture/entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes.

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Resorts

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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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Sau Bay Resort & Spa

Taveuni Island - Located 10 from the Rainbow Reef and surrounded by 100 acres of pristine rainforest. Sheltered from waves and storms while being home to a unique mangrove/reef ecosystem. The bay offers a truly serene feeling and a chance to truly unplug and get away from it all. This unique, remote location allows the resort to offer excursions to both Savusavu and Taveuni, while offering "on the rainbow reef" luxury accommodations. Deluxe waterfront bures let you get lulled to sleep by the gentle lapping waves on the shores. The full-service waterfront PADI dive shop offers guests the opportunity to learn to dive or get certified to other advanced levels. As a PADI Green Star dive resort, commitment to sustainability is second to none. They actively participate in the Dive Against Debris program and take significant steps to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure that green practices are employed throughout the resort whenever possible.
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Namale Resort & Spa

SAVUSAVU, VANUA LEVU - all-inclusive five-star resort on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu, home to lush jungle landscapes, sun-soaked beaches, enchanting waterfalls spanning 525 acres offering 22 private, luxury bures and villas.

Gourmet cuisine, serving up daily rotating full-service breakfasts, three-course lunches, and five-course dinners, world-class culinary staff sources the freshest ingredients from their own organic farm and local seafood markets. Enjoy fantastic meals in 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.

Returning guests may be eligible to receive a 10% discount!
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Volivoli Beach Resort

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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Beqa Lagoon Resort

BEQA ISLAND 7 nights Koi/Garden Bure including 3 gourmet meals daily with complimentary ice tea, hot tea and coffee (beverages are additional except juice with breakfast), Kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, Fijian culture & entertainment daily and taxes.
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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).

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