Taveuni has an unspoiled quality that is hard to find in today's world. Fiji is known as the soft coral capital of the world and the rainbow reefs of Taveuni is the CBD for soft coral with it's kaeidoscope of colours. The island of Taveuni also has the rugged mountains, verdant rainforest, exotic flora & fauna, lakes, plus the surrounding sea with its colourful reefs and multitudes of tropical fish make up an ecosystem of incredible diversity. It's nickname "Garden Island" applies not only to the landscape, but also to the underwater coral gardens.
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.
Uncrowded diving on virgin reefs, with well over a dozen world class sites with an enormous variety for divers of all levels. All these wonderful sites are within five to thirty minutes by boat from the resort. Visibility rarely goes below 25 metres and there is a fantastic variety of fish and coral to be found here.
The Great Astrolabe Reef offers a huge variety of fish life and an equally diverse range of both hard and soft corals. Astrolabe is the third largest reef in the world yet possibly the most unexplored. ‘Virgin Diving’ is a term often flaunted but is the best way to describe the diving from Matava. There are whole segments of the Astrolabe reef no one has ever dived or even seen; it is all just waiting to be explored. Astrolabe is renowned for the prolific amount of large fish and great pelagics are a common sight on these reefs.
Hidden in amongst the turquoise waters and peaceful lagoons in the Solomon lies a small island called Gizo, untouched by the mayhem of tourism. Gizo is a tropical treasure-trove blessed with sun drenched lagoons, white sandy beaches and gateway for some world class diving.
The waters around Gizo are famous for having the most diverse and exciting diving to be found anywhere in the Solomon’s; some may even say the world. The gin clear wateropens up an amazing display of sea whips, giant gorgonian fans and an immense display of hard and soft corals. There is a vast array of fish & fauna plus some sensational World War II wrecks.
With the 140m Toa Maru transport ship, WWII fighter aircraft, plummeting walls, Manta Ray dives, one of the ultimate big dives “Grand Central”, and the recently discovered “Hot Spot”, it all adds up to one of the best dive locations in the South Pacific.
A typical one week charter offering five dives a day only begins to touch on the world class diving the Solomons have to offer. The walls, reefs, pinnacles and coral gardens of Solomon Islands support an amazing variety and quantity of sea creatures. The varieties of fish are staggering. Within a few meters of each other, individually or in schools can be seen anemone fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, humphead parrot fish and other reef dwellers while just a short distance away schools of barracuda, big-eye trevally and other pelagics cruise in the blue waters.
Dive sites along the Uepi Island passage and barrier reef drop-offs and bays are on the coral reef ecosystem. The diving is extraordinarily varied with over 10 main dive sites of differing structure and bio-assemblage; including coral gardens with magnificent drop-offs, ledges and gutters, featuring sharks, all manner of light game fish and an enormous diversity of reef fish. Turtles, mantas and eagle rays are fairly common sights, together with the (friendly) Uepi hammerheads seen throughout the year.
Sipadan, is regarded as one of the best dive locations in the Indo Pacific region. If it live in the tropical ocean, chances are you will find it in or around Sipadan.
Most of the diving in Sipadan is combination of wall and drift diving. The walls are covered with hard corals, soft corals, gorgonians, sponges etc. You can see more turtles on one dive here than in a lifetime of diving anywhere else. Divers may also get to see huge resident school of barracudas, which make beautiful circling patterns on top of the reef.
Enchanting Walindi Plantation Dive Resort is situated along the western shores of Kimbe Bay on the northern coast of West New Britain – a lush island in Papua New Guinea’s western province. The chain of dormant volcanoes that form the scenic boundaries of Kimbe Bay encompass hundreds of submerged reefs and more than a dozen uninhabited islands.
Established in 1935, the old plantation was purchased by the current owners, Max and Cecily Benjamin, in 1969. In 1983 Walindi Plantation Dive Resort was born out of the interest of visiting local and international scuba divers who recognised the incredible quality of diving that this area offers. Since this time Walindi has become world famous for its diving and hospitality. A reputation well deserved as the remote off shore reef are a mecca for pelagics, and phenomenal reef life.
Kavieng is known for its current swept passages, rich aquatic life and big Pelagic action, but also has a wide variety of different dives to choose from: plunging walls and precipitous drop offs, patch reefs, fringing reefs, macro dives, muck dives and WWII wrecks. Recent exploration has uncovered a new Japanese plane wreck, 2 ship wrecks, a barge carrying WW II equipment and a more recent fishing vessel . What ever your diving interest it’s here in Kavieng.
The best feature of these islands is their diversity. Over 3000 species of fishes and over 300 species of corals have been identified here. Seas from the Philippines, Maluku Islands, and Australia meet here to support an incredibly prolific and diverse assortment of marine life. In addition to the non-stop fishes, there are oddities like Wobbegongs, giant clams, and a variety of interesting critters.
Strong currents are good for drift diving and isolated lagoons are great for muck diving. Walls, coral slopes, and patch reefs are terrific for all-around diving. Island topography, too, is varied. There are coral cays and granite islands with steep walls. Some areas have hundreds of rock islands similar to those in Palau. Others are surrounded by mangrove forests. This area is not to be missed. Tantalize your taste buds and do 4 dives a day from the comfort of one of Indonesia's best livaboards.
Experience exciting drift and wall dives, superb fish life with BIG schools of pelagic fish, night dives, soft corals, a shark feeding station and the incredible “SS Yongala” wreck.
At the world-famous Cod Hole you will see more spectacular marine life in the course of one day than you would see on a whole trip elsewhere. You may even dive with Manta Rays and giant turtles. Combine this with the 45-60 metres visibility only found on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea and you have the right combination for a fantastic diving holiday. We all know the Great Barrier Reef is huge. It's massive size often underestimated. But to dive the best of these reefs you need to dive from the comfort of a specialist dive liveaboard.
There are basically 2 types of trips on offer, shorter 3 or 4 day trips or 7-10 day trips that travel to remote offshore coral sea reef systems. Both types of trips have boats and grades of cabin to suit your budget.