The biggest draw for divers in Beqa (pronounced Benga) Lagoon is the world-famous shark encounter where you can dive with a diverse range of sharks and lots of them! It is also home to some stunning soft coral so a few days here at the start or end of a diving holiday to Fiji is great.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • If you like shark diving, there are few places better than Beqa Lagoon. The coral isn't bad either!
  • From here you can explore many of the cultural sites of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu.
  • The transfer from the main airport of Nadi is pretty easy making this a great place to start or end a trip to Fiji.

Our Guide to Diving in Beqa Lagoon

Beqa Lagoon is located to the south of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu making it accessible for short stays and the perfect way to start or end a trip to Fiji.

The main draw for divers in the world-famous 'Shark Encounter'. On this shark you can dive with up to eight species of sharks: blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertip sharks, tawny nurse sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, bull sharks and the occasional tiger shark. Phew! In addition, you can also encounter giant groupers, maori wrasse, rainbow runners, giant trevally, java morays, eagle rays and more than 400 species of tropical reef fish. Phew again! If you like shark diving, it doesn't get much better.

Away the sharks, the area offers wonderful soft corals too. The lagoon is over 100 square miles of clear water protected by 30km of barrier reef, making this one of the world's largest barrier reefs.

One of the nice things about staying in Beqa Lagoon, which you don't get in some of the more remote parts of Fiji, is that it is a good base from which to explore some of what the main island of Viti Levu has to offer. Fiji has some fascinating cultural sites to explore which is often overlooked.

All in all, there is a lot to recommend in Beqa Lagoon for your Fiji diving holiday.


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Diving with all manner of sharks on the world-famous 'Shark Encounter' is an experience not to be missed. If you like sharks that is.

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  • Average Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
  • Rainfall — 32cm / 12.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +12 hrs

Best visit months

May to November


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