●Beqa Lagoon – shark diving; called Pacific diving’s “mecca.”
●Bistro – regular shark-cruising range.
●Lalati Resort & Spa – Malumu Bay; 011-679-347-2033; lalatifiji.com; all-inclusive; mantas at sunset; private bungalows feature front porches that open to sea; tin roofs.
●Royal Davui – 99 Queens Road (Pacific Harbour); 011-679-330-7090; royaldavuifiji.com; exclusive, adults-only property, on own island, accessible by boat; individual huts nestled into hillside with expansive glass doors that open onto vast ocean views; some have plunge pools.
●Nadi Market – Nadi (Viti Levu); bustling commerce hub with variety local crafts & produce.
●Beqa Adventure Divers – Pacific Harbour (Viti Levu, at Lagoon Resort); 679-345-0911; fijisharkdive.com; can see up to 50 bull sharks at one time.
●Great Astrolabe Reef – mantatrust.org; massive reef that attracts all kinds of marine life; make sure to dive Naiqoro Passage, fast-flowing cut in reef; world reknowned manta site.
●Blue Lagoon Beach Resort – Nalova Bay; 011-679-603-0223; bluelagoonbeachresort.com.fj; affordable.
●Great White Wall – Somosomo Strait; soft corals.
●Rainbow Reef – Somosomo Strait; lots of soft corals with swarming, brilliant anthias.
●Laucala Island Spa – private island; 011-679-888-0077; laucala.com; 25 private villas (bures); with 1-3 bedrooms; start at $3.8K.
●Paradise Taveuni – South Vuna Road; 011-679-888-0125; paradiseinfiji.com; closest access to Rainbow Wall for diving; private gardens with outdoor showers & jacuzzi for some rooms.
●Taveuni Palms – Matei; 011-679-888-0032; taveunipalms.com; king bed in villa on 1 acre with 7-member staff; meals included; private pool and beach; good deal.
●Rainbow Reef – between Taveuni & Vanua Levu; make sure to see Great White, Purple & Yellow Walls (coral site).
●Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort – Savusavu Bay; 011-61-1300-306-171; fijiresort.com; ultra-luxurious; guests housed in 25 bures (traditional thatched Fiji huts); great dining.
●Koro Sun Resort – Savusavu Bay; 011-679-885-0262, ext. 103; korosunresort.com; where Bachelorette filmed.
Sights & Sites
●J. Hunter Pearl Farm – Savusavu Bay; 011-679-885-0821; pearlsfiji.com; pearl farm that gives tours and allows snorkel-harvesting at tour’s end.
●Homestead Pass – Wakaya Island (40-minute flight from Nadi).
●Lion’s Den – Wakaya Island (40-minute flight from Nadi); underwater parade of turtles, hammerheads & coral reefs.
●Sunset Wall – Wakaya Island (40-minute flight from Nadi).
●Island Dancer – 209 Hudson Trace (Augusta, Georgia); 706-993-2531 or 800-348-2628; aggressor.com/fiji.php; live-aboard dive accommodations that are luxurious and perfect for dive vacations.
Sights & Sites
●Fiji Shark Corridor – protected corridor extending 30 nautical miles along southern coast; goal is to stop illegal finning & fishing.
●Shark Reef Marine Reserve – Beqa Passage (just off south coast); fijisharkdive.com/conservation/shark-reef-marine-reserve.