Diving Fiji | Bligh Waters
Liveaboard on Fiji Siren

Lying across the 180 degree meridian – the international dateline – the Fijian islands hover over the world’s deepest ocean, the mighty Pacific. They also lie just to the southwest of the Coral Triangle with their northern edge rimmed by the third longest barrier reef in the world, the Great Sea Reef.

Like much of the Pacific, these reefs were created by ancient volcanic activity but it's the amount of colour you see here that makes them visually different from other popular tropical destinations. Decades ago, the area was nicknamed the soft coral capital of the world, and without a doubt, the reefs display the brightest of hues and tones to justify the title.

There are also sheer walls, steep pinnacles and well-lit caves; huge pelagics, schools of big fish and the tiniest of critters, yet the one overriding impression of the dives is the feast of colour. Our cruise started from the northern coast of Viti Levu, then traversed the Bligh Waters to the island of Taveuni before heading south into the Koro Sea.

"Dory" on Grand Central
Fiji dive photo gallery
Scuba diving features
Marine Life Soft corals
Reef sharks
Clownfish and anemones
Top dive site Great White Wall,
Ngali Passage
Seasons Year round
Visibility 10 – 40 metres
Water temperature 23 – 28º C
Deco chambers Suva
Flights Qantas or Air Pacific from Australia or the US
Liveaboard operators We travelled on the Fiji Siren.
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f you are in Europe, the Fiji islands are a LONG way from home. It's not so bad for the Americans – and the Aussies are laughing with Fiji more-or-less on their doorstep. If you are coming from a far distant home, it makes sense to hop on a liveaboard so that you see a good variety of sites in one trip.
Also, being on a liveaboard completely staffed by Fijian crew is really something special. Every crew member made the entire group feel like they were part of a family. Local village visits were equally welcoming.

Diving is year round but the water can be chillier than you would expect, especially in the winter months. This is what encourages the lush soft coral growth. Plankton blooms from April to May and November to December reduce the visibility a little, but these also bring in filter-feeders and larger pelagic species.

Our trip was in September 2016, so only a few months after the devastating Cyclone Winston. Although our cruise started from the area most affected by the cyclone, we saw little damage to the reefs. However, we did find reduced levels of visibilty and the water seemed to be significantly colder than expected. Despite that, the dives were excellent and the trip was a great one.
Complete reports on this area are in
Diving the World.

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