Holidays to Fiji ... with world-class diving!
Bula! Welcome to Fiji!
Chris from our Sales Team has been to Fiji ... we're sure his trip report will persuade you to put this amazing destination on your wish list!
When you think of Fiji visions of swaying palm trees, idyllic beaches, crystal clear seas and luxury resorts come to mind, but there is so much more to this beautiful country than meets the eye.
I was fortunate enough to be a guest of Fiji Tourism in April and was whisked off to join the annual FHTA (Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association) Dive Expo to learn more about what Fiji has to offer as a dive destination.
The flight is lengthy from the UK, but after a stopover in Australia, to break up the journey, I arrived fresh and was afforded a warm welcome at Nadi Airport by a mixture of local songs and smiles. It’s impossible to get lost in Nadi airport. There’s no line of repetitive Duty Free shops or signs directing you to different gates, just a corridor with smiling ground agents ready to take you to your chosen destination.
Nadi is situated on the west coast of Vitu Levu, the largest of the 330 islands that make up Fiji. With only 100 of the islands inhabited and 70% of the population living here Fiji has vast areas of wilderness and this is evident when taking a domestic flight to other regions.
The weather varies considerably depending on which side of the main islands you are or in which region you are. The best time to visit is during the dry season (May – Oct), but even during the wet season temperatures get in the high 20s centigrade. February and March is when Fiji is at it’s most humid and the plankton are out in force, meaning great diving for big pelagics!
Fiji’s dive industry is starting to take off and there are a large number of resorts dotted around the islands that offer their own different dive sites and ecosystems. To many international visitors Fiji is known as the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ owing to the sheer diversity of the colourful soft and hard corals here. The main diving regions in Fiji are spread out across the Yazumas and Mamanucas to the West, Kadavu to the South, Beqa Lagoon and Rakiraki on the mainland, and Taveuni and Savusavu to the North East.
There are liveaboard options and many resorts from which to access the best dive sites in Fiji and I was lucky enough to visit some of the best - Volivoli Beach Resort, Qamea Resort & Spa, Paradise Tavenui and Koro Sun Resort.
Fiji diving is incredibly diverse. From swim throughs and caverns to sheer walls; drift diving, macro marine life and amazing pelagics, there’s something for everyone’s taste and budget. A two week vacation is ideal, combining two different islands, or a live-aboard trip and a week at a dive resort. It’s best to break up your journey from the UK and there are many stopover options to consider.
Fiji has a lot going for it – beautiful beaches, unspoilt landscapes, excellent range of diving, delicious food, a wide range of activities, but perhaps the biggest plus is the warmth and charm of it’s people. Locals are generally all smiling and it’s infectious. They often have a laid back approach known as Fiji Time and still have many traditional customs that you will encounter when staying in a resort or travelling around the islands.
Wherever you stay in Fiji you will be greeted by a welcoming committee with a song and a flower lei and depart the resort in the same way. All of the staff know your name and know what you have been up to and there is no falseness about it, they are genuinely interested and aren’t after tips!
For tailor made holidays to Fiji, including round-the-world itineraries, just call our Sales Team!
See our Fiji destination page for information on the hotels that Chris stayed in and more... http://www.scubascuba.com/worldwide/fiji-islands