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Diving Fiji | Vanua Levu and Taveuni

DESTINATION OVERVIEW

Located between Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji and nearby Taveuni, is the SomoSomo Straits, probably the single biggest draw card for scuba divers heading to Fiji. This is an incredibly undeveloped area where the infrastructure and services are limited but who needs that when you have some of the best diving in the country just moments from shore.

There are sheer walls for drifting over and caves to explore; the fish life is varied and sightings of pelagic species are reasonably common. There are sheltered dives inside smaller bays while dive sites in the exhilarating Somosomo Straits are just a short sail offshore from either island.

Inside the Straits on almost every dive, there are soft corals that can best be described as trees. From close to the surface to well below diving limits, there is the most incredible mass of them in every colour imaginable. This is thanks to the consistent 30 metre plus visibility that keeps the depths well lit, along with the right temperatures for growth – the water is just a bit cooler than the tropics, which is how soft corals like it.

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Marine Life Soft corals
Reef sharks
Clownfish and anemones
Top dive site Great White Wall, Somosomo Straits
Seasons Year round
Visibility 10 – 40 metres
Water temperature 25 – 30º C
Deco chambers Suva
Flights Qantas or Air Pacific from Australia or the US
Dive operators & accommodation vary depending on your island destination. There are a good range of budget services as well as a couple of top level liveaboards.
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PROS and CONS

If you are in Europe, the Fiji islands are a LONG way from home. It's not so bad for the Americans – and the Aussies are laughing with Fiji more-or-less on their doorstep. But once you have arrived, there is a wide variety of small hotels near to dive centres plus a full range of luxury rooms and several liveaboards.

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Vanua Levu and Taveuni
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Complete reports on this area are in
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SCUBA DIVING

Diving is year round but the water can be a bit chillier than you would expect, especially in the winter months. Plankton blooms in April - May or November - December reduce the visibility a little, but these also bring in filter-feeders and larger pelagic species.

Currents rush the Somosomo Straits keeping the nutrients flowing soft corla growth is spectacular. The main island, Viti Levu, has some reasonable diving as well, and it can be worth doing a couple of the offshore dives if you have time.

OPINION The Fijian islands have that special feeling of stepping back in time and on these islands and you can get an insight into multi-cultural Fijian daily life. In all our travels we had never seen reefs that were so incredibly colourful and for that reason alone, it is worth the trip at least once.
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