The Fiji Islands are home to some of the most beautiful snorkeling destinations in the world. The clear waters allow for underwater visibility that spans more than 30 meters, which is perfect for snorkeling. With more than 400 different species of coral and countless fish to see, snorkeling in the Fiji Islands is truly incredible.
Fiji is recognized as one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire world. Its natural beauty makes it a dream location for people interested in snorkeling. From experienced snorkelers to beginners, the Fiji Islands have something for everyone.
The most important aspect of any snorkeling trip is being able to see the fish and other marine life that snorkelers are there for. To that point, "The Soft Coral Capital of the Word" averages an outstanding 30 meters of underwater visibility.
The water is clear and the sites are numerous. Although the options are varied, there are four locations that snorkelers should move to the top of their list. These locations are called Charlie's Point, Coral Gardens, Split Rock, and The Light House.
Despite Fiji's title of "Soft Coral Capital of the World," the popular snorkeling location of Charlie's Point features mainly hard coral.
It is located a little over a half kilometer past the Savusavu Peninsula and features reefs sprawling out in two locations. Trumpet fish and damsel fish are among the most likely to be spotted in these blue corals.v
To fully understand the variety of coral in the Fiji Islands, snorkelers should check out the Coral Gardens. The location is near the other popular snorkel site of Split Rock in the Savusavu Bay. At Coral Gardens, experts can teach snorkelers about brain coral, staghorn coral, finger coral, cabbage coral and more. With that type of coral variety, there is never a time where fish aren't densely populated in the area.
Located in Savusavu Bay, Split Rock is about 150 meters off of the shore, and is home for a number of fish, most notably the clownfish. With so many different species of fish, from snapper to grouper and more, there is always action to be seen by snorkelers at Split Rock.
Not surprisingly, the popular "Lighthouse" location gets its name from a lighthouse towards the edge of the Savusavu Bay. The lighthouse location is known to feature the occasional friendly shark, but snorkelers can always count on seeing damsel fish, spaghetti coral and much more.
While many charters have favorite locations, Fiji is unique in the fact that every snorkeling location has something exciting to offer. Fiji can offer sites that other locations in the world simply can't. For instance, there are more than 400 different species of corals that are located in the waters of Fiji. Also, the many reefs of Fiji are home to a variety of colorful fish. The different families of fish include groupers, parrot fish, angel fish, unicorn fish, snappers - and snorkelers in the waters of Fiji can even expect to see turtles and sharks. The best time to see these fish on snorkeling trips is from the month of May through October.
It's no surprise that Fiji is a premium location for snorkeling, especially when you consider that it encompasses more than 194,000 square kilometers and only 10% of that area is actually land. Fiji actually features 322 islands, with the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu making up more than 75% of the total land area. These islands experience a warm season from November to April, and the cool season averages a temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's always picturesque in Fiji.
One term every snorkeler in Fiji will come to know and love is "Bommies." Bommies are coral heads that rise from deep down in the ocean to within feet of the surface, which is perfect for snorkeling. Inside these coral heads, snorkelers can expect to find all sorts of tropical fish and wildlife. Coral is a site to behold on its own. Its colors can range from bright reds to eye-popping yellows. It's not uncommon to see plenty of clownfish, giant clams, starfish and much more, when you are looking at different bommies.
Further separating the Fiji Islands from the Caribbean is the lion fish. They appear dangerous because of their venomous spines, but as long as snorkelers are keeping their distance, there is nothing to be worried about. Another poisonous creature famous in the waters of the South Pacific is the black and white sea snake. The poison of a black and white sea snake is more potent than that of a King Cobra. It may seem alarming that these reptiles will rise to the surface along with snorkelers in order to breathe in some air, but they are not interested in attacking humans.
When planning a trip to Fiji, it is wise to buy all snorkeling equipment ahead of time. Local shops will have equipment to rent, but it's of extreme importance that all snorkeling equipment fit properly. If the rented mask, snorkel and fins do not fit properly, the experience could be ruined. It's wise to wear a life preserver, especially if you or any members of your snorkel party aren't experienced snorkelers or swimmers. Many make the mistake of not wearing enough sunscreen. Wearing a t-shirt and loading up on a sunscreen with a high SPF protection is encouraged.
When you combine the beauty of the South Pacific waters, with the convenience of snorkeling, you get the perfect alternative to taking classes on diving. Snorkelers can kayak, spearfish, and even just enjoy a swim as they are enjoying snorkeling tours.