Fiji is considered the world capital of soft corals, something that gives an incomparable color to its reefs, but it is also a destination for great encounters with some of the most legendary shark species. Scuba diving for all tastes.
Best time for scuba diving Fiji
Reading what Fiji has to offer, the next question always remains, what is the best time to visit? The answer is always the same: when you want, as often as you can.
•From November to the end of March, it is the rainy, typhoon or cyclones – that is, winter. But many divers visit the islands at this time of year. The air and water are always quite hot and most days, the rain is short lived and does not have much impact. Typhoons can occur but do not last long. It is the low season and most hotels offer much better prices and are almost empty. It is not a reflection of the lack of desire to visit Fiji, but rather a reflection of the Australian holidays since they are the main visitors.
•From May to October, it is summer and the peak of the tourist season.
The year can be divided into 2 seasons: the rainy season from November to April and the dry season from May to November. The first is characterized by rains, warmer waters and a temperature of 87° Fahrenheit during the day; the second by warmer waters (around 78° Fahrenheit), a little wind and temperatures of 77° Fahrenheit during the day. This second dry period is excellent for diving in Fiji.
Source: Ultimate Fiji Diving HD revised
Best dive spots in the Fiji Islands : E6, Namena Marine Reserve, The Great White Wall at Taveuni
Best months for diving in the Fiji Islands : the best time to dive in Fiji is from June to October, as it is the dry season and colder waters, bringing the most underwater life. The best months to go diving in Fiji are November and December.
The best diving season in Fiji runs from April to November. It is possible to dive all year, but you risk possibly big storms in the form of a cyclone, and visibility will be less, especially near the coast. The temperature of the water is however fairly stable, it varies only from 79°F – 88°F. The dive shops cater to all types of customers, including beginners.
You can participate in other activities as a couple or family. In addition, their ease of access to the dive sites is paramount. If you are diving in Yasawa , we recommend the sites around Botaira, Barefoot Island, Mantaray Island, Viwa Island, or Navutu Stars.
In the Mamanuca Islands , there is no shortage of choice. It should be noted that dives on Malolo Barrier Reef book nice surprises brought by strong currents and nutrients they bring, especially around Castaway, Matamanoa or Malolo and Likuliku.
On Viti Levu , one of the best-kept secrets is around Rakiraki in the north, where the sites are rarely frequented. Do not forget, try diving around the island of Beqa, known for its beautiful reefs, but also for its shark dives in the channel between Viti Levu and Beqa. Accommodations are available on Beqa Island, Royal Davui, and The Pearl.
DIVE SITES “STARS”
Kadavu and the famous Astrolabe Reef are full of fantastic and very protected sites. They offer you a mix of hard corals, soft corals, dense fauna and good size. The currents sometimes make these sports dives.
To the north, Taveuni and Vanua Levu are the two islands that have become the main dive centers in the country. The Strait of Somosomo, between the two islands, is famous for the variety of its fauna, the presence of pelagic, and its beautiful multicolored soft corals. The dives which are often drifting reserve you nice surprises.
THE UNDERWATER SPECIES
The fauna that inhabit the reefs of Fiji is varied. There are more than 1,500 species listed, and reefs are teeming with colorful fish. Instead, pelagic species are found in high water areas, such as in Somosomo Strait, around Beqa Island on Viti Levu, or Kadavu. You will see barracudas, dog-tooth tunas, trevallies, turtles, wahoo, reef sharks. Manta rays are regularly seen in the Yasawa Islands near Nanuya Balavu from May to October, and most of the year around Kadavu.