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Whenever scuba divers talk about their favourite dive destinations or dive sites they’d love to explore, Fiji almost always gets a mention. The clear visibility, variety of corals, thriving marine life, and plethora of large marine mammals migrating along Fiji’s shoreline. No matter what type of diving you enjoy or accomodation style you’re into, we’ve discovered Fiji’s best resorts for scuba divers.
Jean-Michel Cousteau is a dedicated ocean conservationist, film producer, and son of Jacques Cousteau, the inventor of the Aqua-lung. He established his namesake resort in Savusavu to help travellers fall in love with the ocean in Fijian paradise. Scuba diving and sustainability are at the heart of this luxury resort where visitors can enjoy direct access to the sea from the comforts of a beachfront bure.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort offers access to Namena Marine Reserve, a sanctuary that is home to thousands of species of fish and is on the migration route of large cetaceans like humpback whales, dolphins, minke whales, and sperm whales. They offer dive courses, packages, programs for children, and even host coral gardening informational sessions with their onsite marine biologist.
Taveuni is often called the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” because of Rainbow Reef, a reef lined with bright and colourful corals. Though it’s known for its vibrance, there is also the stunning White Wall, where you’ll see snow-white corals cloaking the reef. Rainbow Reef is just a 20 minute boat ride from Paradise, and it’s common to see humpback whales along the way.
Paradise combines luxury, relaxation, and 16 different types of rooms all rebuilt in 2016. There are tucked away areas ideal for couples and honeymooners, as well as family style options for kids. The oceanfront vales were built specifically with scuba divers in mind, as they offer views of the ocean and are closest to the resort’s dive centre.
Namale Resort prides itself in being one of the most luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Fiji and is a PADI 5 star dive centre. In between pamperings at the onsite spa, you can enjoy diving at Rainbow Reef, Purple Garden, the Somosomo Straits, and more. Choose between staying in a luxury bure with ocean views or the two bedroom villa with an infinity pool.
Your stay at Namale Resort includes all meals like a the three-course lunch and five-course dinner typically made from produce from the local organic garden and fresh seafood. The chefs know that diving can create quite an appetite and serve meals accordingly.
Waidroka Bay Resort is the ultimate dive destination for adventure travellers looking for great value. Its bures are clean and simple, with many offering porchfront hammocks and views of the water. Waidroka’s main appeal is its long list of different activities available on offer like surfing, fishing, kayaking, standup paddling, and cultural excursions during surface intervals.
The resort offers dive trips to world class dive sites like Frigates Passage, Beqa Lagoon, and Fiji’s famous shark dive. If you want to take a moment to relax with a drink in hand, there’s plenty of space and time to do that, too. Just be sure to squeeze in all your activities before the communal dinner bell rings. While many dive resorts create an ambiance of exclusivity, Waidroka takes pride in crafting a social atmosphere of making every guest a part of the family.
Likuliku is a luxury resort aimed at travellers who cannot get enough of the ocean. Their accommodation options include overwater bures, beachfront bures, and beachfront bures with a garden. Likuliku adheres to strong marine conservation principles and is surrounded by thriving coral reef. During sea turtle breeding season, sea turtles sometimes lay their eggs in the soft sand along the Likuliku coastline.
Likuliku Lagoon is partnered with Subsurface Fiji, a PADI 5 star dive centre. They offer trips to over forty dive sites around the Mamanuca Islands including wreck sites, the site of a downed B26 Bomber, and spots known for their variety of large pelagic fish.
Qamea Resort and Spa is a luxury surf, yoga, and dive retreat with 17 bures reserved for adults only. You can spend your free time lounging on its private beach or hiking to waterfalls or participating in the resort’s cultural activities like kava ceremonies, village visits, and experiencing a meke.
Qamea is also a 5 star PADI dive centre with brand new equipment to rent and offers excursions to over ten local dive sites — including the famous Purple Wall made of lavender-tinted corals as well as the Qamea Freeway, a hotspot of tropical fish activity. There is typically a mild current surrounding the sites of Qamea, making it a great spot for divers with a penchant for drift dives.