Diving in Rakiraki
Rakiraki is Fiji’s best-kept secret. It’s location on the northern tip of Fiji’s main Island, Viti Levu, offers seclusion, peace and quiet, far away from mainstream Fijian resorts. It has the feel of an island paradise with the convenience of the mainland.
A great reason to visit this delightful piece of Fijian paradise is the top quality diving. The Ra (or West) waters are world renowned for the quality of fish life, an abundance of colour and pristine conditions.
Diving in Rakiraki
The dive operation is based at Volivoli Beach Resort. They provide excellent service, with qualified, experienced staff and a commitment to ecology and conservation.
Two and three tank dives per day will provide you with an incredible variety of sea life, all from a land based dive facility. From the tiniest of creatures to pelagics, from hard coral to hanging soft coral gardens, your experience will be one of awe and excitement.
The operators also make possible the renowned Bligh Waters and off shore reefs which until now have only been accessible by liveaboard vessels. There is also a larger and more suitable diveboat to travel to more remote reefs.
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The Dive Locations
Neptunes Wedding Chapel:
A shallow dive to a maximum depth of 16m with an abundance of corals that simply glow with every colour. This site is made up of four coral heads and has some tunnels and one large cave. The walls of the cave are covered with red and purple soft corals and red gorgonian fans hang off the roof of the cave. This site is prolific in Moray Eels and Giant Clams.
A deep reef where schools of big fish and many sharks are found. It consists of three coral heads at a depth of 25-30m with a drop-off to about 100m. White Tip, Black Tip, Whalers and Gray Reef Sharks are at this particular spot at all times. Truly an experience of a lifetime. Schools of Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Trevally, Skipjack and Amberjack are seen here roaming the coral heads with the sharks. The last coral head has an amazing display of giant purple fans. Turtles are often found here and sometimes the elusive Manta Ray. This spot is Nananu-I-Ra’s best display of very big fish in one spot.
Fiji’s best display of golden coral. Six spectacular coral heads covered with yellow soft coral from top to bottom. Even the walls and roofs of every tunnel are covered with yellow soft coral. Schools of Red Bass and Coral Trout roam hunting for food, while Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel and Trevally can be seen in the background. Turtles, Stingrays and Sharks are often found here towards the sixth coral head at a depth of 21m. The dive spot starts off at 21m and rises to 11m with golden waterfalls of yellow soft coral all around.
A section of reef where four coral heads sit in approximately 22m of water on the outer edge of the reef. Schools of Trevally and Rainbow Runners feed in the area and are abundant. Sponges and huge Sea Stars accompany the great number of gorgonians to be seen.
Seqa na Leqa:
A giant swim-through in approximately 20m leading from the outer sea to the main reef. Coral trout, Rock Cod and Red Emperor entertain the passing divers who become fascinated with the homing morays while navigating the multiple swim-throughs and caverns.
The vast variety of marine life at this one diving spot makes it difficult to simply describe. From 10m to 16m, it displays a true Disneyland of nature. Multi-hued soft corals, hard corals and huge gorgonians hang from every coral head, while Sea Whips sway with the slight passing current. This area is also prolific in Fluted and Giant Clams, Nudibranch and Spanish Dancers.
This is one spot where the coral heads are honeycombed with tunnels and caves. For the adventurer, this is the site to visit with long and winding tunnels, dark corners and very spooky caves!
In the middle of the outer reef surrounding Nananu-I-Ra Island is a real maze. Tunnels, swim-throughs and canyons make up this wonderful dive site starting from 18-20m up to 10m. Every possible coloured reef fish that can be imagined swarm through the multicoloured soft coral. Black coral trees and Gorgonian Fans hang off the tunnel walls while Clown, Triggerfish and Squirrel Fish dash in and out.
A large part of the outer reef in three sections containing gigantic walls of soft golden corals and multi-coloured corals. One of the best displays of magnificent live soft coral in Fiji. There are three separate walls of soft coral each different to the other with the deepest part of the dive in 18m and an average depth of 14-16m. Box fish and surgeon fish are seen in profusion with a group of deep sea snapper regularly present near the reef. Electric rays are occasionally seen during the dive.
Four superb coral heads abundant with tropical fish. One cannot see more tropical fish at any other dive spot and this site is an underwater photographer’s paradise. Stands of Sea Whips, multicoloured soft coral and yellow gorgonians hang off the sides of the coral heads. The maximum depth is 18m.
A single pinnacle rising from a depth of 19m to 5 m covered with ancient black coral trees from bottom to top. The black coral trees are swarming with Moorish Idol, Butterfly fish and Squirrelfish. This spot is Nananu-I-Ra’s best display of black coral trees in one particular pinnacle which is isolated from the main reef system.
Vatu-I-Ra Passage Dives and off shore reefs.
The Vatu-I-Ra Passage lies in the Bligh Waters between the Fiji mainland (Viti Levu) and Vanua Levu. Strong currents surge through the passage bringing rich nutrients and prolific fish life. The reef system produce some of the most pristine and colourful coral to be found in Fiji—arguably the best landbased dives in the country. Travel time to these dive sites is approximately 45 minutes.
Garden of Eden:
An incredible drift dive along a sloping wall in one of the many passages in the Vatu-I-Ra reef system. A veritable garden of abundant purple soft corals, hard corals and colourful reef fish.
Another drift dive on a sloping wall along the Vatu-I-Ra reef system.
This wall is loaded with multi colored soft corals, reef fish, and schools of trigger fish, trevally, reef sharks, and lion fish.
The ‘Papuan Explorer’ which is Fiji 's largest and most accessible wreck, is found at 20mtr and is home to an abundant array of tropical fish.
The ‘Ovalau’ is an exhilarating dive into a 55m roll-on roll-off car ferry that sank in August 2003.