15 January 2018
When to go diving in Fiji? Fiji's dry season is from June to October. The visibility is best during these months, but the water is colder and it can be windy. April and May are calm and warm with plankton blooms: poor vis offset by the chance of seeing large, pelagic, plankton-eaters like manta rays. Avoid December to March as it is the hurricane season. Some resorts close in February and March.
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|Great White Wall||Somosomo Straits|
"Renowned as one of Fijiís top dive sites. Prepare to be awestruck by a steep wall that descends endlessly to the bottom, completely smothered in lush white soft coral. Off the deep edge of the wall you will find some pelagics. Often schools of batfish stop by to greet us while we drift along the wall. At the end of the dive is a deep swim-through cavern providing an exciting exit to an amazing dive."
Stuart Gow, 2006
"Everything about it is top class"
Paul Molloy, UK, 2007
" Great white coral on wall. Only one of four places in the world to see it. High speed current but beautiful scenary."
Scubajack, USA, 2008
" This is located in the Somo, Somo straights, Taveuni, Fiji. It has a huge number of soft Coral some which looks like snow flakes, and one dives through a large hole in the wall. There are large numbers of clown fish, parrot fish and other tropical fish, sharks, and barracuda. It is not a hard dive as long as the current is slack, but is
probably an intermediate-advanced dive due to the depth."
Marilyn Drath, USA, 2012
"This is a drift dive near Matangi and Quamea islands. All sorts of soft coral and large ocean going fish which include at times hammer head sharks, white tipped reef sharks, sea turtles as well as tropicals(lion fish, clown fish, tiny blue, large groupers, angel fish) are present. There are huge numbers of giant clams and other sea
shells. The soft coral is purple, and there are also sea fans, staghorn coral, brain coral, and there are tiny sea horses hanging on some of the coral and sea worms, giant green moray eels, and spanish dancers. It is effortless and one floats past deep walls covered with sea life. Any level of diver can dive here."
Marilyn Drath, USA, 2012
"This wonderful site is on the outside of a small barrier reef in the Namena ocean reserve. The deep blue Pacific brings plenty of nutrients which keep giant Manta here year-round. Lots of reef sharks and not to mention a massive abundance of fish life and pristine soft coral make this a fabulous site."
Dawie Olivier, January 2018
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|Dolphinbay Divers Retreat|
Based in the resort Seashell@Momi, Momi Bay, Nadi.
P.O. Box 2748
Tel: +679 6280190
|Tokoriki Diving||Nadi > Tokoriki Island|
Tokoriki Island Resort
PO Box 10547
PO Box Box 9168
Tel/Fax: ++ 679 6726111
PO Box 149 Levuka
Tel: (+679) 344 0166
|Taveuni Dive||Taveuni Island|
P.O. Box 89
Tel: (679) 8880063
|Fiji Diving||Matangi Island|
Itineraries of Fiji Agressor include diving on Gau, Makongi, Namena, and Wakaya Islands.
"I had full charter of the Fiji Aggressor last month (Sept 2016). When we boaded the ship we were told that the Soft Coral Captial of the World had been destroyed by Cyclone Winston and we were taken on a different route to Kadavu Island. Here we spent six boring dive days searching for any signs of marine life. An underwarer desert where the occasional nudibranch became exciting and the handful of clusters of soft corals only made us more sad reminding us what we must be missing in the real Soft Coral Capital of the World.
After our liveaboard we travelled to the the north east Rakiraki Province and stayed at Wananavu Beach Resort with a 5 Star PADI dive center. Imagine our surprise and dismay to see the lovely pictures guests were brining back from their day scuba dive trips in the Bligh Waters. Healthy reefs and colourful corals. And this in the area we were told by Aggressor staff had been "completely destroyed and nothing left to see."
Comfortable but 'tired' - tatty carpets, mould in bathrooms, many sighting of cockroaches. Very poor value for money. Kadavu Island is just not worth more than a one day two dive trip not worth seven days
Adam Preston, Thailand, September 2016
For hotels and resorts see the Agoda site...
|Garden Island Resort||Taveuni|
Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
- by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics.
Read the full review...
- The Rough Guide to Fiji
- 304 pages, 2017
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