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Dive Map of FijiFiji is an ideal holiday destination for divers with a non-diving partner. Fiji is known for its palm-fringed beaches, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and spectacular underwater world, teeming with fish and corals. The Fijian people welcome visitors with a smile and friendly greeting “BULA” (meaning "life" or "good health") heard throughout the islands.

The range of accommodation varies throughout the islands and caters for all tastes and budgets, including “eco-friendly" hideaways, small family hotels, large resorts & romantic, exclusive retreats. 

The tropical climate is ideal for a wide range of water sports. These magical islands offer some of the best snorkelling and diving in the South Pacific, as well as the opportunity to experience the traditional culture of this tropical wonderland.

 

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  • Scuba Diving in Fiji

    Dive Fiji

    The coral reefs surrounding the Fiji Islands abound with a wide variety of marine life. The world's second largest coral reef is located in these waters. Brightly coloured soft corals, yellow and red gorgonian fans, a myriad of small tropical fish, tunnels, caves and spectacular drop-offs await the visiting diver. 

    Dive sites vary from shallow lagoons, suitable for newcomers to the sport, to sheer walls and pinnacles for the more experienced divers.

    Fiji enjoys the tag “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, and is deservedly rated as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The coral formations attract a wide variety of marine life, including large schools of small tropical fish, making Fiji a great location for underwater photography.

  • Fiji Liveaboards

    The outer barrier reefs of the central region of Fiji are remote and vast and offer some of the best diving in Fiji. A liveaboard dive trip is a good option to explore the dive sites in the Bligh Water and around the islands and barrier reefs of Lomaiviti, Namena, Wakaya and Gau as they are situated a long distance from shore based dive operations. Much of these areas remain unchartered and untouched providing more prolific big fish action and rich soft coral encounters in the nutrient rich, current fed waters and passages. The underwater topography also varies from coral covered bommies, to channels and passages, sea mounts and swim throughs.

    Fiji Liveaboards Nai'a
    7 and 10 night trips ex Lautoka

    Budget: $$$
    Length: 36.5 metres
    Max. No. Guests: 18
    No. Cabins: 9

    Approx dives per day: 4-5 dives
    Nitrox: Yes (extra cost)
    Tech Dive: Rebreather friendly

    Fiji Liveaboards S/Y Fiji Siren
    7 and 10 night trips ex Volivoli Beach Resort, Viti Levu

    Budget: $$$
    Length: 40 metres
    Max. No. Guests: 16
    No. Cabins: 8

    Approx dives per day: up to 4 dives
    Nitrox: Yes (included)
    Tech Dive: Rebreather friendly

Guide to Fiji

  • General Details
  • Entry & Visa Requirements
  • Medical & Health Requirements
  • Currency
  • Baggage
  • Duty Free
  • Weather
  • Clothing
  • Electricity
  • Banking
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Water
  • Shopping
  • Tipping
  • Diving
  • Departure Tax

General Details

Fiji is located in the South Pacific approximately 3000km east of Australia. The Fijian Islands consist of more than  300 volcanic and coral islands, 105 of which are inhabited. The three largest islands in Fiji are the volcanic islands of Viti Levu ‘Great Fiji’ and Vanua Levu ‘Great Land of the People’, and the island of Taveuni. 
The international country code for Fiji is 679.
Fiji is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Entry and Visa Requirements

(subject to change)
Most visitors may obtain an entry visa on arrival for stays of up to 4 months. Please check the latest entry requirements with the appropriate authorities.

Medical and Health Requirements

Most small towns and built up areas have government clinics, with hospitals located throughout Fiji. There is a recompression chamber in Suva. Fiji is free from most tropical diseases, however vaccinations against Hepatitis, Tetanus and Typhoid are recommended. Remember that some medications can make you sun sensitive, so extra care must be taken to ensure that skin is protected from sun burn. Please check with your physician for the best precautions to be taken. (For further details please contact Travel Vax on 1300 360 164).

Currency

Local currency is the Fijian Dollar. Major international credit cards are accepted at most tourist facilities. 
1 AUD = approximately 1.50 Fijian Dollars (June 2017)

Baggage (International flights Ex Australia)

Fiji Airways-23kg
Virgin Australia -23kg (except Saver Lite fares - Nil baggage). 
Domestic carriers in Fiji are often restricted to 16kg.
(subject to change without notice)

Duty Free

The allowance is 250 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco, 2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of wine or beer.

Weather

The Fijian islands enjoy a year-round warm tropical climate .The Summer wet season is from December through to March with an average temperature of 30˚C, whilst April to November is the drier cooler season with an average temperature of 26ºC.

Clothing

The emphasis is on light and casual clothing but too brief in public places. Swimwear is not permitted in the public areas including visiting villages or shopping in town. Remember to cover up with light cotton clothing at dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites. Sun protection is absolutely essential.

Electricity

240 volts AC, Plug I – same as Australia. 
(for further details refer to http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm).

Banking

Trading banks are ANZ, Westpac, National Bank of Fiji and Bank of Hawaii. Nadi Airport offers ATM services throughout Fiji. Services may be limited on outer islands. Banking hours are  9.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4pm on Fridays. 

Language

There are three main languages in Fiji. English is the official language used for government, commerce and education. Fijian and Hindustani is widely spoken by the locals.  

Religion

Fiji is a multi cultural country with around 50% of the population Fijian, 47% Indians and  3% other races. The primary religions are Methodist and Hinduism with Roman Catholic and Muslim minorities.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in hotel, resorts and main towns. Bottled water is sold everywhere. In the tropics it is important to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.

Shopping

Fiji has the most developed duty free shopping of the South Pacific islands. Fijian artifacts are available from all the large retail shops to the small roadside stalls throughout Fiji. Shopping centres have fixed prices however bargaining is acceptable at markets or small Indo-Fijian shops. Shops are open from  8.00 am to  5.00pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings 08.00 am to 1.00 pm. Some shops close for lunch between 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm. Times may vary from island to island.

Tipping

Although tipping is not necessary in Fiji, special services can be rewarded with small amounts.

Diving

Fiji offers a number of soft coral reefs, such as Beqa Lagoon, Rainbow Reef or the Somosomo Straits with the famous Great White Wall to the hard coral reefs and manta rays of Kadavu and the Great Astralobe Reef , the world’s third largest barrier reef system. The Shark Dives in Beqa Lagoon are also popular where up to nine different species of sharks can be encountered.  Water temperature ranges between 23-30˚C. A 3-5mm suit is recommended. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.

A dive permit costing USD30 is required in Chuuk. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.

Departure Tax

There is currently no locally paid departure taxes for Fiji.
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