Fiji’s crystal-clear, warm tropical waters makes this island nation the perfect spot for a snorkeling holiday. The variety of marine life amongst Fiji’s numerous coral reefs will absolutely astound you, whether you are a beginner snorkeler or an experienced diver. Underwater visibility in Fiji is amazing – you can expect to see up to 100 feet through the water. The best time of the year to go snorkeling in Fiji is from May to October, but having said that, the conditions are excellent all year round.
Fiji is often called the ‘soft coral capital of the world’, and the country boasts literally hundreds of fringing reefs, atolls and barrier reefs. There are an amazing 400 different species of coral in the reefs around Fiji and the diving and snorkeling is so perfect that it’s no surprise that Jean Michel Cousteau called it the best diving in the world. He has a dive base in Savusavu and helped establish a world heritage marine park in the area.
Snorkeling in Fiji is one of the most popular as well as one of the most memorable activities among visitors to Fiji, largely due to the islands’ beautiful underwater environment. All you need is mask, snorkel and a pair of fins. Nearly all resorts in Fiji will hire these at a very reasonable rate, and this saves you the hassle of bringing your own gear.
There are many areas in Fiji that are great for snorkeling but one area possibly offering the most accessible sites is the area around Savusavu Bay on the island of Vanua Levu in the country’s north. There are many areas where snorkeling is only advisable at high tide, but in Savusavu you will always find an area where the snorkeling is superb.
Many resorts in Fiji offer snorkeling tours, which can run from a day or two, up to a week in length. On holidays like this you’ll be in the water learning about the fascinating world beneath the waves with the guidance and assistance of a trained marine biologist or local expert. You’ll learn far more about the things you see and your guide will point out many things that others might miss – turtles, rays, sharks, starfish etc. A snorkeling tour can make your time in the water so much more rewarding.
Daku Resort offers week-long Fiji snorkeling vacations that give you the chance to combine a relaxing holiday with an educational and rewarding snorkeling experience.