Beginner Diving in Fiji

Picture-perfect white-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, and clear, calm tropical seas: Fiji is the poster child for paradisical desert-island holidays, and below the waves lie a stunning selection of epic dive sites. Vaunted as the ‘soft coral capital of the world,’ Fiji’s dive sites are an explosion of colour. From vertical walls completely covered in colourful soft corals and some of the world’s prettiest coral gardens, to manta rays and bull sharks in the blue and a bevy of benthic beauties in the sand, Fiji has something to astound even the most seasoned diver. While some dives can be prone to strong currents during certain moon phases, the beginner diving in Fiji is just as impressive as the fast drifts and gives you the chance to expand your diving horizons in the company of several species of big sharks...

Vanua Levu

Fiji's second-largest island, Vanua Levu, is a great place to start your Fijian odyssey. The island boasts an impressive selection of hotels, including secluded romantic options and family-orientated resorts, and the Namena Marine Reserve provides stunning dive sites. And with a selection of local dive sites with healthy coral and diverse marine life close at hand, Vanua Levu is a great place to explore the beginner diving in Fiji and get yourself back in the water.

Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive

One of our favourite dives in Fiji has to be the infamous Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive. There are few places in the world that can offer the experience of diving alongside eight species of sharks, but Beqa (pronounced Benga) certainly can. Bull sharks, tiger sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, tawny nurse sharks, silvertip sharks, grey reef sharks, white-tipped reef sharks and black-tipped reef sharks all regularly show up for Beqa's signature dive. While the dive can get the heart racing, it's not technically difficult, and less-experienced divers spend the dive close to the guides. A dive trip to Fiji without experiencing the Beqa Shark Show would almost be criminal.


Taveuni sits on the opposite side of the Somosomo Strait from Vanua Levu and offers the chance to dive some of the world's most colourful reefs and walls. The Rainbow Reef is comprised of a number of epic dives, including the world-famous Great White Wall, Yellow Wall and Purple Wall. Reef sharks, mantas and hammerheads can all be seen in the area, and many describe it as the pinnacle of Fijian diving. Experienced divers can also enjoy some epic drifts when the currents are running, while there are also plenty of sites accessible to the beginner. Diving in Fiji is about big fish and colourful soft corals, and Taveuni has them both in spades.

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Emily C and Eleanor are our 'Beginner Diving in Fiji' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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