A vacation at Waidroka Bay gives you access to world-class diving. But that's just the beginning. What set's this Fiji favorite apart from the majority of dedicated dive resorts is the roster of additional activities that can be enjoyed in combination with diving.
Waidroka is located on the southern shore of Viti Levu Island, which is one of Fiji's favorite vacation destinations. This region of coastal coves, pristine beaches and rainforest-clad hills is known as the Coral Coast, also named for the expansive network of barrier reefs that lie just offshore. The resort's location is ideal, as it puts guests close to the region's best diving while also remaining convenient to a variety of land-based attractions and activities.
Guests enjoy a private, tranquil setting away from the crowds, as the property includes just 12 rooms set on 11 acres of rainforest and landscaped oceanfront gardens. The resort's modest size allows the Waidroka staff to focus on providing higher levels of personal service to deliver what they describe as a home-away-from-home experience with a focus on relaxation and wellness.
A Diversity of Underwater Experiences
Great diving begins just minutes from Waidroka's dock. The shoreline is flanked by an extensive labyrinth of hard coral formations that includes high-profile bommies, coral mazes, arches, grottoes, and walls. Marine life is equally abundant in all sizes from colorful anemones and cryptic invertebrates to turtles, eagle rays and up to ten species of sharks.
Waidroka's local sites could keep divers entertained for a full week, but they are just the beginning. The resort's fleet also makes regular runs to Beqa Lagoon, which lies some 8 miles to the south. This famous site, which has been called the world's best shark dive, is home to thrilling encounters that put divers face-to-face with big bull and tiger sharks, along with a swarming menagerie of gray reef sharks, silver tips, lemon sharks white tip and black tip sharks, giant groupers, napoleon wrasse and more.
Guests at Waidroka get more than sharks from Beqa Island trips, as boats typically offer a full-day itinerary that allows for a third dive on the massive ring of coral that surrounds the lagoon or at nearby Yanuca Island. In all, Beqa offers some 180 miles of reef lines with sites to discover both inside the lagoon and outside slopes and walls facing blue water.
More unique diving experiences await with trips to sites at Frigate's Passage for exhilarating drift dives and descents on big walls adorned with giant gorgonian fans and stands of black coral. Boats also visit a less-dove deep-water pinnacle known as Cakau Lekaleka.
Not Your Average Surface Interval
Yes, Waidroka has a nice pool where you can relax after diving. But there's so much more to do. The range of water and land activities offered is truly impressive. The resort is a favorite with experienced surfers, but it's also a good place for newbies to learn to catch a wave. Complimentary kayaks and paddleboards are provided to explore the shore, families with non-divers can enjoy snorkeling, take a jet ski safari or go deep sea fishing.
Come ashore and the options multiply. Mellow out at the resort with yoga sessions, spa days and a Fijian massage, or expand your cultural horizons with local language lessons, weaving classes and coconut harvests. If that all sounds a bit tame, you can take on some white water rafting through the Navua Gorge, ride a jet boat up the Sigatoka River or delve into the shadows of Naihehe Cave. Adrenaline junkies can go sky diving, offroading, sand dune surfing and ziplining, while milder yet equally memorable excursions include waterfall visits, highland treks, visits to traditional villages, kava ceremonies, golf outings, island tours and shopping trips to local markets.
There are few other destinations in the world that offer the exceptional level of diving found at Waidroka combined with an impressive roster of life-list adventures. Add in the relaxation and warm family-like atmosphere the resort is known for, and it adds up to one great vacation experience.