...Highlights: turtles, great macro life/marine diversity, schooling fish & big pelagics...
...Rakiraki/Bligh Water diving environment: healthy reefs, wall dives, drift diving, beginner and advanced divers, off the beaten track...
Situated in the northernmost part of Fiji's main island Viti Levu, Rakiraki is easily accessible from Nadi yet basks in an atmosphere of remoteness and seclusion. Unlike the busy Coral Coast where there are an abundance of tourist resorts, the district of Rakiraki feels like a distant island.
The dive sites of Rakiraki are such that beginners can feel comfortable and enthralled while experienced scuba divers can enjoy the diversity of topography and marine life. Local sites are nearby and easily accessible from the land. There is also the chance to visit the more distant and highly-rated sites of the Vatu-I-Ra Passage in Bligh Water, which are considered among Fiji's best.
Local sites offer a wide range of variation from dive sites where tunnels, swim-throughs and canyons provide an ever-changing vista, to life-filled walls, reef flats and impressive pinnacles. Many Rakiraki sites feature the signature soft corals that make Fiji diving famous. You can expect a lot of vibrant colours and large numbers of fish, a photographer's dream during periods of good visibility.
Diving in Rakiraki is characterised by swarms of brightly coloured tropical reef fish including Moorish idols, damsels, butterflyfish and red emperors. However there are also larger more impressive fish that can be sighted in the region. These include schools of barracuda, trevally, rock cod and more. You are also likely to encounter sharks such as black tip, white tip, bronze whalers and grey reef sharks as well as turtles. For those more interested in the smaller stuff, nudibranchs abound and you could find yourself framing that perfect picture of a Spanish dancer. Thanks to the variation in terms of diving difficulty, topography, depth and marine life, there really is something for every diver in Rakiraki.
If you are seeking the big stuff then take a full tank and dive Breathtaker. 3 coral heads sit at around 25 to 30m from a base of around 100m, meaning upwellings of nutrients and a resultant throng of activity. You will almost certainly encounter sharks here in impressive numbers, including blacktip, grey reef sharks and whalers. If you can see past the sharks you will see the coral heads festooned with vibrant purple gorgonian fans. Keep an eye out for mantas, barracuda and Spanish mackerel at this well-named breathtaking Viti Levu dive site. Show more
Rakiraki Reef Basics: Submerged pinnacles, walls, macro life
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 20 - 30m
Currents: Moderate to strong
Surface conditions: Calm but can be choppy
Water temperature: 26 - 31°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: >50 (including Vatu-I-Ra)
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 88 km east from Nadi
Access: Rakiraki dive resorts