This one might be a bit different from my usual tune – but I recently got back from a scuba diving trip at Fiji and what an experience! I was so blown away that I’ve been inspired to write a blog post just about it. If anyone is looking to go diving, I highly recommend Fiji – you can even capture some awesome underwater shots as well!
Fiji is home to 333 beautiful islands, with two major island groups: Viti Levu, where the capital Suva is located, and Vanua Levu. It is blessed with fine sands, palm-lined beaches, lagoons with coral reefs, and the abundance of soft corals, which gave its identity as the Soft Coral Capital of the World. Also known as the Fiji Islands, it is a popular tourist attraction for people drawn to the ocean. With its natural beauty, it is home to vast beaches, friendly people, and clear waters which offers a lot of activities for leisure and recreation. Aside from beach activities, Fiji is also a plus for hikers and environmental enthusiasts because of its luscious forests and protected natural habitats.
Fiji- The Soft Coral Capital Of The World
Fiji was given its nickname, the Soft Coral Capital of the World, because of the display of soft corals in lagoons with the help of the water currents. It is known in the country that the currents are what sustains the idea of life and beauty, especially in the sea. Whenever the currents flow in directions, the movement of the corals goes along with it, thus creating a beautiful imagery in the sea. The currents also have roles in the clarity and visibility of their oceans and lagoons. Inwardly directed currents bring clear water into the lagoons, while those in an outward direction clears off the waters with dirt, mosses, and other particles that contribute to its haziness.
And because of these currents, it contributes greatly to a diversity of activities which can be done in Fiji. The conditions of the waters and currents vary accordingly. It can contribute to a tranquil place for learning and nature appreciation, or it can be a venue for higher level sporting activities, such as free swimming, snorkeling, and swimming. One of the most sought after activities in the Fiji Islands is scuba diving.
Scuba Diving Fiji
Scuba diving is a perfect activity for first time tourists in Fiji. It allows the participant to witness firsthand what Fiji has to offer to and protect from the world. Vast fields of coral reefs in different colors and sizes, vibrant fishes swimming in schools and solo, harmless predators of the seas like sharks, and the awareness of conservation and protection are a few learnings people can have through scuba diving.
Although Fiji is a collection of beautiful islands, here are the top four spots to dive in:
Taveuni and the Koro Sea – It has the splendor of all soft coral beds, which gives it the privilege to own up to the country’s nickname. Its waters are rich and filled with nutrients, which supports large marine ecosystems in the country.
Kadavu – Coined to be the real Fiji, it allows people to fully experience the natural diving scene away from busy crowds and huge resorts. The local culture and breathtaking sites is all around the Great Astrolabe Reef.
Viti Levu – One of Fiji’s top quality scuba diving secrets is at Rakiraki with flamboyant corals and astounding fishes. Shark feeding dives are also conducted which the assurance of both safety and enrichment.
Beqa Lagoon – It offers a number of diving spots as well as pinnacles, corals, and wrecks to explore.
Diving season in Fiji is all year round. However, there are specific dates to remember. The winter months of April to October is the main diving season, but it peaks between July and December because of the warm waters. November to April is when the waters are the warmest, while the ideal time to visit is on November, April, or May because of the season overlap. Nevertheless, the best time to scuba dive in Fiji is the moment when we have a great company with, or a brave soul to spend solitude in the waters of an island paradise.