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Scuba Diving Fiji

Including Beqa Lagoon/Pacific Harbor, Kadavu,
Laucala, Nananu-I Ra, Taveuni and Matangi

Diving Fiji articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Fiji Overview

For left coasters, it takes about the same amount of time to get to Fiji as it does to the Caribbean: 10 hours nonstop from L. A, and the diving in Fiji is arguably considerably superior to most in the Caribbean. Prices are comparable and air packages can include New Zealand/Australia extensions at little extra cost. Fijians are polite, friendly, modest, and religious, so watch your language, and wear nonrevealing clothes to town. Wetsuits are staples yearround; currents add coolness and in some places they're vigorous, so carry surface signaling devices when diving Fiji or Tuvalu.. In September 2004, American Dan Grenier, the former operator of Crystal Divers, disappeared with another diver while leading divers from Bamboo Reef Resort on Nananu-I-Ra. The weather can be stormy June through September; short, heavy showers are possible any afternoon year-round, especially around Beqa Lagoon. The year-round average temperature is 80 or above; nights average 69 degrees in winter.

Fiji Seasonal Dive Planner

Fiji's weather presents a real mixed bag. The choice is often between good visibility and cool water or warm water and calmer seas with less visibility. June through October is the dry season when the water is the clearest, but it's also at its coldest and the winds kick up. Water temperatures can sink into the low 70s during this time of the year, making it necessary to drag out the full wetsuits. November brings a transition period. The water warms up, the winds die down, and the plankton blooms, lowering the visibility. By January and February, the water has warmed back up into the low 80s. The rains pick up and the hurricane season is on (December through March). Counting Tonga and Samoa, the area gets about five cyclones a year. It's a risky time to try to catch good diving weather. Because the winds kick up so much in February and March, some resorts pick these months to close down for repairs. During April and May, the wind, and therefore the seas, become calmer and the water remains warm, but the plankton bloom cuts down on the underwater visibility. Of course, this offers the best odds of seeing large plankton eaters. The best time to go depends on your preferences: warm, calmer, cloudy seas, or clear but cold water.

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Fiji Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Suva Scuba Review [same]Cruise Port Dock [N/A] Sally Byrd 2016/11
Taveuni Ocean Sports Review [same] [N/A] Albert Stevens 2016/11
Taveuni Ocean Sports Review The Remote Resort Somosomo Strait Brigitte Lacouture 2016/10
Nai'a Fiji Review [same] Bligh Water Mark Rosenstein 2016/11
Nai'a Fiji Review [same] [N/A] Peggy Goldberg 2016/05
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Diving Fiji Articles - Land Based

Dengue Fever in Fiji: Should Divers Worry?, 4/14
Sau Bay Fiji Retreat, Fiji, 3/14
Eritrea, Kiribati, Sipadan . . ., why to consider Wananavu, when not to consider the Odyssey, 9/13
Fiji Airways: A Major Link in the Shark Fin Trade Fiji Airways: A Major Link in the Shark Fin Trade -- Publicly Available, 6/13

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Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Fiji, Truk. . ., plus unexpected cold water, and a liveaboard to avoid, 8/12
Lalati Resort and Matangi Resort, Fiji, dive luxury living: a tale of two islands, 7/12
Fiji Airlines Abysmal Service, 7/12
Cocos, Fiji, Roatan, Yucatan, and why you shouldnt rely solely on travel agents, 5/11
Legal Complications of Being Injured Abroad, why a Californian had to go to Hawaii to sue a Fiji resort, 3/11
Night Time Raid on Fijis Lagoon Resort, Beqa Divers, 6/10
Oman, Fiji, Hawaii, Bahamas, need a change of pace? check out these dive sites and operators, 4/10
Papoo Divers, Nananu-i-ra, Fiji, boutique diving away from the crowds, 1/10
Off the Beaten Path, dive destinations worthy of your consideration, 10/09
Wananavu Beach Resort, Fiji, great diving, although Kai Viti Divers closes its doors, 6/09
Fiji Divers Caught in Pricing Battle at Garden Island Resort, 10/08
Moodys Namena, Fiji, South Pacific, a romantic hideaway with fine diving, 4/02
Thumbs Down Divers Get Taboo Treatment from Fiji's Taveuni Island Resort, 4/00
Diving with the Cousteau Team, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort, 6/97
Another Fiji Destination, 6/97
Matana Resort, Fiji, 7/96
Fiji: Loma Loma Resort, 4/96
Marlin Bay Resort, Fiji, 2/96
Diving in Fiji, 5/94

Diving Fiji Articles - Liveaboards

Fiji, Iceland, Maldives, Raja Ampat, trouble in Cozumel, a bad critter-handling policy in Kauai, 5/15
Naia, Tonga and Fiji, two trips for seeking whales and diving Fijis reefs, 2/15
Snafu in the Solomons, 9/14
Baja California, Fiji, Montserrat, pesky politics and squirrely harbormasters, 4/14

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Cape Eleuthera, Fiji, Maui, Mexico, two more Baja boats, a new dive shop, and a great night dive, 3/12
Bonaire, Fiji, Galapagos, Roatan, great examples of customer service - - and one resort to avoid, 9/11
Naia, Fiji, bright diving, weather permitting, good service all the time, 7/08
Nai'a Crew Rescues All Hands After Grounding, 10/06
Return to Fiji Aboard the Naia, Sipping Kava and Flying Fiji Style, 6/99

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Fiji
Including Beqa Lagoon/Pacific Harbor, Kadavu,
Laucala, Nananu-I Ra, Taveuni and Matangi

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Diving In Indonesia Diving In Indonesia
by Sarah Ann Wormald

Indonesia covers a large area - an archipelago that consists of at least 17,500 islands. It's 3000 miles from Pulau Weh in the West to West Papua in the East, and nearly all of it has exceptionally good diving. A book that attempts to encompass such an area is very ambitious. Sarah Ann Wormald has concentrated on the areas that she knows, including Bali, North and South Sulawesi, Nusa Tengarra, Maluku and Raja Amat. The author writes with authority and the voice of someone who has actually experienced first-hand the places she writes about The maps are detailed, the photographs excellent. Whether you are interested in the macro-life of Lembeh, the mantas of Nusa Penida or the wobbegongs of Cape Kri, this is a useful volume in a format that can be carried with you.

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Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you. The book, priced at $35, is only available at New World Publications.


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Dive Palau (The Shipwrecks) Dive Palau (The Shipwrecks)
by Rod MacDonald

The author has followed a format similar to that of Dan E. Bailey's seminal work, World War II Wrecks of Truk Lagoon, although this 295-page hardcover book is significantly smaller. There's the history, the contemporary black & white photographs, both of the ships themselves and from aerial reconnaissance, the more recent surface photographs of wartime remnants of installations and detailed maps. In a second section, each vessel is covered in individual chapters, detailing how and where they were built, how they went down and what it's like to dive them now. There are sketches of the wrecks as they lie at the bottom of the lagoon today.

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Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific
by Cobb and Mullins

The second edition of the Nudibranchs Encyclopedia has been revised and updated by scientists Gary Cobb and David Mullins, but Neville Coleman is still very much in evidence. With more than 300 pages mostly bearing eight colored identification photographs per page, one could almost be forgiven for assuming that if a particular nudibranch isn't included in the more than 2000 photos, then it doesn't exist, but then, we all know that there will always still be more waiting to be discovered. In fact, it modestly claims only to include around 70 percent of the most commonly observed species of opisthobranchs as divers throughout the Asia/Indo-Pacific region discover more.

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Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific
by Terry Gosliner, Ángel Valdés and Dave Behrens

Indonesia has so much to offer the nudibranch enthusiast. For example, on Nudi Wall at Lembeh Strait, nudibranchs litter the seabed as if a great big sack of Gummy Bears has been carelessly tipped out. Nudibranchs are colorful slugs that wear their feathery gills on their backs. There are so many varieties, but how do you know which you've seen? New World Publications has come to the rescue with this weighty tome of 400 pages packed with color pictures, along with basic information to help the reader get the best chance of the right identification.

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Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

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Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

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Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get Amazon.com's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.



You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.



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