The narrow Somosomo Strait separates the island of Taveuni from
Fiji's second-largest island, Vanua Levu, and is the home of some
of the world's most spectacular soft corals, in an area known as
the Rainbow Reef. At either end of the Somosomo Strait, the seabed
drops away to the depths, which means that the currents are
funnelled up and into the narrow channel, and they can get quite
interesting at times...
But when the currents are at their most interesting, the soft
corals are at their most spectacular. In terms of colours, Rainbow
Reef offers the best coral diving in Fiji, with dive sites such as
the Great White Wall and the Yellow Tunnel being must-dives. As
enthralling as the gently swaying soft corals are, don't forget to
glance out into the blue as you drift along the channel. You never
know who's silently passing by...
The expanse of water lying between Fiji's two main islands was
once traversed in a seven-metre open launch with little besides a
sextant and a quadrant to plot the course. While Captain Bligh was
poorly equipped for his astonishing voyage following the infamous
mutiny on the Bounty, plying these waters these days is more often
done from the comfort of a luxury liveaboard. This makes it much
easier to navigate between the currents and channels and find the
best dive sites with the most impressive corals and marine
As the tides change and the moon begins pulling the ocean, vast
quantities of water pass through Bligh Water, bringing nutrients
and hungry predators with it. The islets and islands poking their
noses above the water create channels, and currents can be strong.
Some dives are strictly for the experienced diver, but there are
also plenty of suitable dives that allow the less experienced diver
to marvel at the colourful coral diving in Fiji. If you can tear
your eyes away from the mesmerising colours, grey reef sharks or an
occasional scalloped hammerhead may be lurking behind you.
The problem (if you can call it that) with the coral diving in
Fiji is that sometimes big, pesky sharks get in the way and block
your view. Beqa Lagoon may be best known for its signature Shark
Adventure dive, but once you gently brush the black-tipped reef
sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertip
sharks, tawny nurse sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, bull sharks and
the occasional tiger shark aside, a whole world of spectacularly
coloured soft coral emerges.
The lagoon, protected by one of the largest barrier reefs in the
world, covers more than 100 square miles and also houses wreck
dives and swim-through caves alongside its abundant marine life.
While daytime diving is spectacular, to see the beautiful coral in
all its glory, a night dive is highly recommended. The night dives
tend to be shallow, and your dive light will highlight the true
colours of the corals.
Our team of dive travel specialists have dived extensively
throughout the Fijian Islands and are available to advise you on
the best locations for your intended travel dates. The coral diving
in Fiji is among the best in the world, but there's much more to
see besides arguably the world's most vibrant corals...