Fiji – One Of The Best Shark Feeding Dives In The World
Overview of diving in Fiji
Fiji is renowned for its shark diving, with the chance to see over ten shark species during a single dive. The waters are also blessed with fantastic corals which colonize here due to strong currents that bring nutrient rich water into the area. With more than 390 coral species, around 1200 fish species you’ll see something different on every dive. Liveaboards and shore diving are both popular, with Beqa Lagoon in particular a diving hotspot due to it’s shark encounters.
Cathedral, Beqa Lagoon
A natural amphitheater which hosts one of the best shark feeding shows in the world. Tiger, bull, nurse, lemon, white tip, black tip and silvertip sharks are attracted to the site where professional divers hand feed them. A huge number and variety of fish also accumulate trying to get an easy meal.
The Great Astrolabe Reef, Kadav
A large number of dive sites can be found along Great Astrolabe Reef which is the third largest barrier reef in the world. The pristine reefs are full of coral and fish, while manta ray sightings are common.
Namena Marine Protected Reserve, Savusavu
The reefs here are a fantastic mix of different types or corals and invertebrates. Venturing out a bit further lucky divers can spot the resident school of scalloped hammerheads.
The underwater topography, hard corals and abundance of fish life make the Yasawa islands a great place to dive. Manta ray and shark encounters are also possible in the region while the islands are picturesque above the water too.
Dive reports from Fiji
Dive site reports and useful information from our scuba diving and freediving trip to Fiji.
Beqa Lagoon hosts one of the best shark feeding experiences in the world. Tiger sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks and reef sharks can all be seen, along with a huge diversity of fish of fish. Beqa Lagoon also has many great pinnacle dives, with large fan corals a prevalent feature.
How to get to Fiji
Fiji has a range of international connections to over 14 countries. The most regular flights are to nearby flights in the south Pacific such as Australia and New Zealand. Fiji has two international airports (Nadi International Airport & Nausori International Airport) both located on the main island of Vitu Levu. Domestic flights are required to get to some of Fiji’s more remote diving destinations.
Capital City International Airport Nausori International Airport (SUV)
Best time to dive Fiji
Fiji is blessed with year round waters between 25°C in August and 29°C in March. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended to ensure you remain comfortable during the dive. Visibility can range between 10m to 30m+ depending on the season. The wet season runs from December through to April and visibility can be reduced during these months due to more surface run off.
The season for humpback whales runs from July to September, while manta rays are normally only seen between December through to May.
Water Temperature 25° to 29°C
Visibility 10m to 30m+
Useful information when travelling to Fiji
Time Zone UTC + 12 hours
Currency Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Electricity 240 V
Plug Socket I
Language English, iTaukei and Hindi
Calling Code +679
Our dive trip to Fiji
We visited Fiji for a week in 2017. Unfortunately we had terrible weather while we were there and only managed to get out for two days diving. Our first day of diving was on a pinnacle dive site colonized by impressive gorgonians. The top of the pinnacles are teeming with small reef fish and a joy to behold. We signed up to do the famous shark feeding dive, however it kept getting cancelled because of the poor visibility. Bull sharks love low visibility which makes them more aggressive. Luckily on the second to last day of our trip the weather cleared and we managed to get out to the Cathedral dive site to do the dive. Seeing so many large sharks is an incredible experience and ranks as one of our best ever dives. Lemon, nurse, black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks were all present hoping to get an easy meal. All that was missing was a tiger shark which gives a good reason to return one day!