Wonderful Fiji: Bright Soft Coral and Big Pelagic 'Round the Corner!
Why we love it
We love Fiji waters as it has a mix of dive sites and marine life that would please both new and experienced divers, all year long. You will see colorful walls and pinnacles that start shallow. Beautiful soft coral, gorgonians and hard coral host some of the best macro life in the world. The pelagic life is rewarding too, with hammerheads, bull sharks and manta rays. Pilot whales are frequently spotted too. Give it some spectacular scenery, with islands that are both flat and vertical, and you have everything a diver could dream of!
The dive operator discovered in the South Pacific in 1997 the remarkable diving in the Phoenix Islands, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They partner with scientists from the University of the South Pacific, World Wildlife Fund, Wilderness Conservation Society, Conservation International and more. The divers on board often take part in marine eco-tourism projects.
Who is it for?
For new and experienced divers. Photographers will enjoy macro opportunities. Occasional currents attract pelagic life.
The seven-night trip has seven nights and six full dive days plus a dive on the first afternoon aboard
The 10-night trips schedule nine dive days plus the first afternoon dive
Four dives a day. Plus after dinner night dives 3 times on a seven-day cruise and 4 times or more on a ten-day cruise
All meals aboard ship
Double occupancy accommodation
Scheduled transfers (1:00pm pick up) to the ship from the airport or hotels in the Nadi area
Scheduled transfers (8:00am departure) back to Nadi at the end of the charter
Tanks, weights, and unlimited air refills
What's not included?
Gratuities for the crew
Nitrox, gear or camera rentals
Alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner)
Fuel surcharge: if any, it will be communicated 3 months before departure
Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels
Namena Marine Reserve is a marine protected area since 1997, and Fiji’s largest marine park.
With beautiful coral walls and pinnacles - about 300 species of corals have been counted - it is home to plenty of macro species, numerous crustaceans, tiny pipefish, nudibranch, countless anthias and damsel fish and mollusks.
It is also popular for sharks - hammerheads, bull sharks, white tips, grey reef sharks, schools of yellow fin tuna, barracuda and trevally jacks. Turtles, eagle rays, manta rays, black marlin, massive dig tooth tuna, and even pilot whales and humpback whales have been known to pass by too!
Season: warm season from November to April with less visibility but better critter life. Colder season from May till December - 24° to 26°C (75° to 79°F) with spectacular visibility and bigger encounters - humpback whales can be seen between September and October for calving and breeding.
Currents: occasionally medium to strong
Visibility:15 to 40 m (50 to 131 ft)
Water Temperature:24° to 30°C (75° to 86°F)
Depth: mostly shallow dives with some deeper dives
The best dive sites are the Fijian islands and barrier reefs near Vatu-i-ra in Bligh Water and Namena, Wakaya, and Gau in the Koro Sea.
On ten-night trips there is more time available to dive other reefs in the Koro Sea, some of them near Namena and others near nowhere!
Four dives a day. Plus after dinner night dives 3 times on a seven-night cruise and 4 times or more on a ten-night cruise.
The liveaboard uses two rigid inflatable skiffs to provide uncrowded diving on a wide variety of reefs and seamounts with maximum flexibility to dive the way you choose.
Some of the top dive sites you will dive in are Bligh Water, Namena Marine Reserve and Koro Sea.
Bligh Water most famous dive sites: UndeNAI'Able, Cat's Meow, Vatu-i-ra barrier reef, Mt.Mutiny, E-6.
Namena Marine Reserve most famous dive sites: North Save-a-tack Passage, Two Thumbs Up, Tetons, Mushrooms
Koro Sea most famous dive sites: Guau - Jim's Alley & Anthias Avenue, Nigali Passage, Wakaya, Makogai
Dive operator with more than 20 years experience in the area
The team consists of 14 Fijian crew, many of them working for more than 10 years with the liveaboard and Jemma and Scott, the two cruise directors.
Languages spoken: English, Fijian
Dive courses on board: Advanced Open Water and Specialties
Equipment Recommended: dive computer, torch, and 5 to 7 mm full wetsuit for the coldest months. Equipment can be rented on board - ask us.
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Now on Fiji (since 2019)
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
Fiji is a 4-hour direct flight from Sydney, a ten-hour flight from Los Angeles and less from other Pacific gateways.
The cruise team will collect you at 1:00pm from the airport or nearby hotels for the 30-minute transfer to the harbour so there is no requirement to lug your heavy dive gear aboard a small airplane for a flight to a remote airstrip somewhere – and there are no extra transfer costs.
Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent and long clothes, a rash guard, a sweater and a light weight rain jacket.