Above the Water
Bula! Fiji’s Pacific island charm and hospitality is renowned all over the world. Walk down any street to be greeted by an enthusiastic “Bula!” from the locals, and experience the famous friendly hospitality on offer. This is the ideal dive Fiji / non-dive Fiji destination for those travelling with their family or non-diving friends, because there is so much to do here. Fijians love children, so you will find no shortage of people happy to entertain the kids while you go for a dive. In Fiji you arrive as guests, but you depart as friends.
The Republic of Fiji is made up of 333 islands and of those, 66% are uninhabited…so to say the words “unspoiled reefs” would be an understatement. This ex-British colony attained its independence in 1970. The capital city of Fiji, Suva, nestles on the largest island, Viti Levu. The majority of Fiji’s population, and the highest peak in the country, Mount Tomanivi can also be found on this island. Rain fall in Fiji is good with an average of 70 inches a year which is similar to the Caribbean. With an average temperature of 75 degrees F you can be fairly sure you won’t get chilled in this balmy climate. If you do get the urge to go walkabout there are 7045 square miles to do it in with 702 miles of dive Fiji coastline. Now – for those cool dudes amongst you: In Fiji only the village chief can wear hats and sunglasses – the top of the head is considered sacred and as such cannot be touched!
On a less serious note – If you are lucky enough to have a birthday when there then, as the international date line runs through Fiji’s island of Taveuni, so you can stand with one foot in the present date, and the other in the previous!
Seaplane Transfer – Viwa Island Resort
Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to some of the happiest people on Earth.Fiji tourism website (www.fiji.travel)
Below the Water
Why are they so happy? Simple – they have some, of the most pristine diving in the world…And we can take you there… with over 25 years of diving experience, Allways Dive is Australia’s’ oldest dive operator you know that when it comes to your dive adventure, your dive safety is paramount to us and you are in safe diving hands.
When we say Fiji is some of the best coral diving in the world – don’t just take our word for it – Jean-Michel Cousteau, French oceanographic explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer. The first son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau has set up home here and describes Fiji as being the “soft coral capital of the world” and he knows a bit about them…
With three hundred and ninety varieties of soft and hard corals and over 1200 fish species Fiji has possibly the most varied and colorful reefs in the world. Fiji’s underwater topography has cave dives, trench dives, tunnel dives, incredible cliff dives, and regular shark encounters to entice divers. Of course, the palm lined beaches of white sand. Fiji is the perfect pacific island getaway.
When to dive
November to late March is seen as the rainy season with possible typhoons. However, many divers enjoy diving at this time of the year. The air and water temperatures are still very warm and on most days the rain showers are short. May to October is the summer season which is a lot busier.
“Spoiled for choice” is a phrase which springs to mind about planning a diving trip to Fiji – this is where Allways Dives position as oldest dive operator in Australia comes in – with over 25 years experience in the dive industry let us guide you around this coral carpet. The problem with dive Fiji is it is just too good – in reality there are over a dozen different dive destinations within the dive Fiji area and many of those offer a number of different islands coupled with the fact that the number of known dive sites are in the thousands, and that is not including dives that are just, “I know this great dive site dude” sort of places that abound…so…enjoy…
Allways Dive operates in the following Fiji Dive Sites: Taveuni, Savusavu, Pacific Harbour, Kadavu, Mamanuca Islands, Rakiraki, Suncoast Fiji and the Yasawa Islands.
Diving Destinations in Fiji
Diving Liveaboards in Fiji
- Entry Requirements
- Time Zone
- Water Temperature
- Departure Tax
Australian passport holders require a valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. All travellers must have return or onward tickets and sufficient funds for their stay. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
The Fijian Dollar (FJD) is the unit of currency. One Australian Dollar is worth approximately 1.6 FJD.
English is the official language. Fijian, Chinese and Hindustani are widely spoken.
220-240V and uses the Australian plug type.
GMT + 12 (2 hours ahead of Sydney).
Light casual clothing is recommended. Women should dress modestly in public places.
The Fijian Islands lie in the tropics and are warm and humid year round. The summer wet season is from December to March.
Water temperature is usually 24-26°C from May – November, and 27-29°C during summer.
None at 1 July 2012.
Tipping is not customary in Fiji, and individual tipping is discouraged. However, most resorts have a tip box at reception for the Staff Christmas Fund, and all tips are distributed at Christmas between all staff.
“C” is pronounced “th”. So Mamanuca is pronounced “Mammanootha”
“ad” is pronounced “and”. So Nadi is pronounced “Nandi”, and Kadavu is pronounced “Kandavu”