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Diving in Fiji: With around 1000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges, Fiji offers a unique diving experience. With adrenaline-pumping shark dives where you come face-to-face with grey reef sharks, Silvertips, and hammerheads. Between May and October each year, the islands are blessed with the arrival of the Giant Manta Rays, one of the largest fish in the ocean.  Fiji is also home to five species of turtles, the most famous being the Hawksbill Turtle, which is now a protected species. Many of the resorts listed below now have conservation programmes to look after these…

How To Choose a Scuba Diving Operator?

Diving at Vomo Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Diving Operator Advice: A good dive shop can make all the difference on your next dive trip, and a bad one can cast a cloud over your experience or even put you at risk. This is especially true for less experienced divers who may need a helping hand from the crew. But with so many operators to choose from at the most popular dive spots, how do you know which is the right one for you? To help you out, here are five steps for doing your homework on dive shops before your next trip.

Consider Your Dive Type

At most dive destinations, you’ll find everything from resort-based shops that lean heavily on beginner-level classes and excursions to specialty shops with the gear and experience for technical diving. Create a list of dive shops that best fit your interests and experience level. Some important things to look for are the size and number of their boats and the selection of quality rental gear. Also, look for shops that are convenient for your accommodations and regularly dive into the sites you hope to visit.

Are They Established?

In some parts of the world, you may find dive operators that look good online but turn out to be little more than a guy with a boat, and these types of operations may not have the training or equipment to deal with dive emergencies. A good rule of thumb is to look for official PADI Dive Centres and Resorts, which must meet rigorous requirements for their dive services and safety protocols.

Check Online Reviews

The next step is checking online reviews, keeping in mind that every business will have its share of good and bad reviews. The important thing to look for is multiple reviews describing the same experiences; for example, consistently positive comments about the skill and attentiveness of the dive staff, or a reputation for overcrowded boats or poorly maintained equipment. Also, most review websites allow businesses to respond to reviews. A dive shop picking a fight with a past customer over a bad review is a red flag, while measured responses that show a willingness to solve the problem are a good sign.

Get in Touch

Once you’ve narrowed your choice to two or three dive operations, pick up the phone or send an email. There’s no substitute for actually speaking with someone at the dive center, and any reputable dive shop should be more than happy to tell you all about their boats, safety procedures, regular dive spots, how they conduct their classes, and any other questions you might have.

Visit in Person

Once you arrive at your destination, visit the dive shop before your first trip. The afternoon of your arrival day is the perfect time to visit, especially once the afternoon dive boats have returned. Confirm your reservations, take a look at the rental gear, examine the dive map, ask about gear storage, and don’t be afraid to chat up a member of the crew. At a good dive shop, the divemasters and instructors love talking with new divers about the day’s dives, ocean conditions, and what to expect on the boat.

Types of Diving Available in Fiji

Smiling Diving Couple at Crusoe's Retreat, Coral Coast Fiji

Divers can experience recreational dives amidst colorful reefs, engage in technical exploration of caves and wrecks, and contribute to scientific research, providing an array of underwater adventures for enthusiasts.

Shark Diving in Fiji

If you feel like going beyond the beautiful reef dives venture into reef passages and experience an adrenaline-pumping dive adventure of a lifetime, by swimming alongside several different types of sharks. 

Sharks of FijiSharks of FijiSharks of Fiji
Blacktip Reek SharkOceanic Whitetip SharkSilverTip Shark
Silky SharkBull SharksHammerhead Shark
Bigeye Thresher sharkGrey Reef SharksTiger Sharks
Lemon SharksTawny Nurses Shark
Table: Types of Sharks in Fiji

Manta Ray Seasonal Diving

If you’re looking for an amazing experience at a slightly slower pace, you can swim with the giant Majestic Manta Ray. Between May and October each year, these elegant creatures bless the waters of Fiji with a visit. Manta Rays are one of the largest fish in the ocean; some span as big as 6.5 metres.

IN DEPTH SUPPORTING ARTICLE: For more information on be sure to check out the following article  Swimming with Manta Rays in Fiji

Wreck Diving in Fiji

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Free Diving in Fiji

Video: Free Diving in Fiji

Awesome Adventures Fiji offers a guided night snorkelling trip for the less advanced but equally curious explorer. Snorkelling at night is a completely different experience than snorkelling during the day. Different fish are out than those found during the day, and some even hunt during the night. Coral reefs become more active and alive at night, with shrimp and plankton swimming in bunches. Corals can be magnificent at night, as most of the time they are closed up during the day and at night transform into living animals, blooming out in stunning colours and feeding with their tentacle bodies. Further Information

Diving Operators and Resorts by Region

Aerial View of Nukubati Island Resort Soft Coral Coastline, with a small dive boar moored of one of the reef outcrops
Nukubati Island Resort Soft Coral Coastline | Image: Supplied

The following table details the Diving Operators and Resorts across Fiji, they are all PADI or SSI Certified. ensuring the high quality of service and safety expected within the field.

TaveuniVanua LevuKadavu
Paradise Taveuni DiveDolphin Bay Divers RetreatMai Dive Astolabe Reef Resort
Garden Island ResortJean-Michel Cousteau ResortPapageno Resort
Taveuni Dive ResortNamale ResortOneta Resort
Salt Diver TaveuniOcean Ventures FijiMatava – Fiji…Untouched
Laucala Island ResortDeep BlueKokomo Private Island
Nakia Resort & Dive FijiDive AcadamyTiliva Resort
Table: Diving Operators and Resorts on Taveuni, Vanua Levu and Kadavu
Mamanuca IslandsYasawa IslandDenarau Island
Ratu Kini Dive ResortMantaray Island ResortViti Water Sports
Vomo Island ResortYasawa Island ResortWhitetip Marine Adventures
Castaway Island ResortCoconut Beach Resort
Sheraton Tokiriki Island
Table: Diving Operators and Resorts on Mamanuca, Yasawa and Denarau
Coral Coast & Pacific HarbourSunCoastSuva
Waidroka Bay Surf & Dive ResortRA Divers FijiToberua Island Resort
Beqa Lagoon Island Resort
Beqa Adventure Divers Ltd
Coral Coast Divers
Aqua Trek
Diveaway Fiji
Table: Diving Operators and Resorts on Pacific Harbour, Coral Coast, Suncoast and Suva