Pacific Harbour, situated on Fiji’s mainland, 45 minutes south of Suva, offers you everything from international hotels and resorts to a championship golf course, excellent game fishing plus fantastic diving in the legendary Beqa Lagoon.
Beqa Lagoon is truly a great destination for anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday with a little diving, right through to the adventure traveller wanting full on diving and all the activities they can fit it!
The Diving in Beqa Lagoon
Beqa Lagoon is one of the biggest lagoons in the South Pacific, covering an area over 100 square kilometres. The dive sites generally have a maximum depth of around 20 metres with some deeper dives in the passages. This location is renowned for it’s colourful coral reef system which abounds with myriad tropical fish, features spectacular multi-hued soft coral displays and provides a home to unique and sometimes bizzare tropical marine life. The predominate features of the diving in Beqa Lagoon are the soft corals, swim throughs, beautiful coral heads and the prolific fish life. But if you’re looking to do some adrenalin pumping – shark encounter dives are a must!
The Dive Locations
More than a dozen superb coral heads with more to see than divers can absorb. Lush canyons of gorgonias in vivid reds and yellows, tunnel walls festooned with multi-coloured soft corals and ancient black coral trees. Imperial angel fish patrol through the strands of sea whips, while white tip reef sharks and coral trout lazily circle the coral heads. Days could be spent at this one great dive spot, which an experienced diver recently described as “The closest thing to paradise that I have ever seen”. Even the living clamshells are lavishly decorated with brilliant soft corals.
Ten spectacular coral heads honeycombed with tunnels and caves. The walls and roofs of every cave and tunnel are covered with soft corals in every colour of the rainbow: Huge gorgonias (“sea fans”) and black coral trees hang from every coral head and ensure excellent photographs. This is surely an underwater photographers’ paradise - schools of batfish, Amberjack and shimmering schools of silver pelagic fish merge with turtles and rays. Bill Gleason of U.S Skin Diver Magazine dived this spot and said it would become the “Mecca of Pacific Diving”! and one of the world’s ultimate dive spots.
Tasu No 2
In September 1994, a 200 ton Taiwanese fishing vessel was intentionally sunk at 75 feet on a flat, white sand bottom, just adjacent to the very pretty dive site called “Yanuca Shallows”. The crystal clear water means that divers can usually see the full length of the vessel from the bow. The vessel sits upright on the sand bottom and it is a great photo opportunity for still or video photography.
Over recent years, Dive Operators have been developing a big fish site called “Shark Reef”. The highlights are encounters with Grey Reef and Bull Sharks (very fat!), a school of Giant Trevally, a very large Maori Wrasse, plus masses of schooling smaller fish, but it is definitely a predators playground!
Now there is the new 3D Shark Dive. Here you can see 7 to 8 species of shark during one dive, and there are usually over 15 Bull Sharks! Sharks such as Silver tip, Nurse, Lemon, Tiger, Grey reef and the famous Bull shark regularly cruise this area.
This site has been developed in collaboration with the local village who own the rights to the reef. It has been declared a “no take zone” and has been turned into a National Marine park, and a huge breeding area .
A photographers dream with the top of the reef at 12-14 m, dropping to 30m where the “Ika 2” wreck lies. The cove is filled with millions of soft coral and reef fish, octopus and turtles.
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