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Scuba diving in Viti Levu

If you ever had the burning desire to be within touching distance from a tiger shark or a bull shark, a visit to Viti Levu in the Republic of Fiji will see your dreams fulfilled.
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Diving in Viti Levu

Quick facts

There are several places to dive in Viti Levu which include Beqa Lagoon, Rakiraki, and the Coral Coast. Most of these locations to dive are along the south and north coast of the island and you can choose to dive from the many resorts available, or hop on a liveaboard diving vessel.

Weather on Viti Levu is tropical with little variation throughout the year. It tends to rain more in the summer during January to March but all dive resorts remain open during this time. Water temperature ranges from 77-84˚F (25-29˚C) and depending on where you dive, visibility could stretch up 98ft (30m) during the peak months of July, August and September.

Beqa Lagoon makes for easy diving and is suitable for new divers. Divers will encounter many pinnacles, coral bommies, coral gardens and there are also a couple of small shipwrecks to explore. For more excitement, head to Rakiraki at the north coast of Viti Levu and stay near Pacific Harbour to experience mind-blowing shark feeding dives at Shark Reef. Shark Reef Marine Reserve is touted as the paramount diving experience in Fiji.

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What to see

There are several different species of shark which frequent Shark Reef and will show up during shark feeding dives. These include whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, nurse sharks, grey reef sharks, lemon sharks, silvertip sharks, bull sharks and monstrous tiger sharks. Shark sightings are pretty much guaranteed although during the end of the year, you might not see bull sharks which venture off for mating season. For tiger sharks, they appear in the most frequency during June to August.

Other than sharks, expect to find eagle rays and manta rays along channels and passes round Rakiraki and Beqa Lagoon. Along with these, there are the usual reef dwellers which include large groupers, humphead wrasse, colorful reef fish, octopus, crabs and lion fish. Schooling fish that appear in great numbers off Viti Levu are usually barracuda and if lucky, you might spot game fish like marlin or mackerel while diving.

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