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Kadavu Island is a hidden green gem in the Republic of Fiji and a treat for manta ray lovers.
If you ever had the burning desire to be within touching distance from a tiger shark or a bull shark, a visit to Viti Levu in the Republic of Fiji will see your dreams fulfilled.
The Great Astrolabe Reef, Kadavu - This is the world’s 3rd largest barrier reef and the largest living organism in the South Pacific. Hosting many dive sites, Manta Ray encounters here are common and numerous channels and passages can be explored while viewing pristine coral formations teeming with tropical fish. Kadavu is also one of the least commercialized areas in Fiji.
Somosomo Strait, Taveuni – The Rainbow Reef is located in the narrow passage between Vanua Levu and Taveuni and includes the famous Great White Wall. You can swim through tunnels and along walls covered in brilliant displays of white, purple and yellow soft corals with colorful sea whips, gorgonian fans, sponges and crinoids. Look for pelagics off the wall and lion fish, octopus and morays in the shallows.
Suncoast Fiji – Between Fiji’s two main islands, including the Vatu-I-Ra Passage, lies some spectacular and exciting diving. The funneling of massive amounts of water brings in nutrients to support a huge array of marine life, from tiny fish to large predators. Beautiful soft and hard corals are plentiful.
Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Pacific Harbour – Regarded by some as the best shark dive location in the world. An educational dive where you can see more than eight shark species – bull sharks, tawny nurse sharks, white-tip, black-tip and grey reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, silvertips and the occasional tiger shark. Wrasse, grouper, rays and over 400 species of fish also call the shark reef marine reserve home.
Mamanuca Islands – This famous region is made up of a chain of 20 beautiful tropical islands west of Nadi. There is excellent boat and shore diving from the islands with colorful fish and marine life that surround the hard and soft corals.
Yasawa Islands – The Yasawa Island Group are located north west of Nadi and are rich in beauty both above and below the water. Unique underwater topography, healthy hard corals, an abundance of fish life and only a boat ride away from Nadi. The Yasawa islands offer a more remote tropical island feel. Manta ray and shark encounters are also possible in the region.
Coral Coast – The Coral Coast region is approximately 80 kilometers / 50 miles of pristine beaches and bays situated on mid-southern coast near the town of Sigatoka. This area offers a wide range of diving including great boat dives with stunning hard and soft corals. Turtle encounters are also common on many of the popular dive sites.
Beqa Lagoon – Situated off Pacific Harbour, this large lagoon has numerous dive sites catering to divers of all levels. Dive sites here are full of colorful reefs alive with tropical fish and multihued soft coral covered pinnacles. The water is generally calm, clear and warm.
Namena Marine Protected Reserve, Savusavu – This magnificent barrier reef is a protected marine reserve populated by brilliant soft corals, invertebrates and hard corals. It hosts several dive sites with bommies and pinnacles. Along with some sharks and other pelagics, you may spy pigmy sea horses if your eyes are good enough. Venture out from Savusavu to dive with the nearby resident school of scalloped hammerheads.
Fiji is known as the crossroads of the Pacific. Therefore it boasts an abundance of marine species. There are 390 species of coral, and 1,200 varieties of fish. That includes a number of endemic marine creatures, such as the 'twilight fangblenny.’ Furthermore, Fiji is home to an area where species such as the 'bumphead parrotfish' come to spawn. And there are 7 resident species of turtle and 12 species of whales, including the humpback and blue whales that migrate through these waters annually. The pristine reefs hold many unique treasures from blue-ribbon eels to leaf scorpionfish. The gorgeous soft corals play host to Maori wrasse, lionfish, sweetlips, fusiliers and nudibranchs. It is the vivid colour of the fish that makes Fiji so special, as well as its stunning visibility. Dive sites like the ‘Beqa Lagoon’ for some of the world's best shark diving. This area boasts 9 species of shark, including bull, tiger, lemon and whitetip sharks that circle around you as you look up from the bottom. Trevally, grouper and jack dart through the blue.
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