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.
Because of the location of Uepi Island, a barrier reef on the edge of a large volcanic (extinct) landmass, the clarity of water is usually good and water temperature is about 28−30 °C. Wetsuits are not essential.
Only 12 kilometres from the centre of Port Vila and an easy two minute ride by ferry from the mainland is the appropriately named Hideaway Island and Marine Sanctuary Resort. It is a small coral atoll that's about as close as you'll get to a Robinson Crusoe island escape in the South Pacific. Power is generated around the clock on the island, water is fed from the top of the pristine Cascade waterfalls and outside of the office there are no phones or faxes. Edged by white sands, coral beaches and fringed with palm trees, the island is surrounded by warm crystal waters teeming with friendly fish living amongst the pastel-coloured Plate Corals, unique to this area.
Within the lagoon are sheltered wrecks and patch reefs which being shallower, allow for more bottom time to appreciate a variety of smaller fish life, shrimp and nudibranchs. A real muck divers paradise.
There is also plenty for the non-diver to do. A day on the island can be as busy or as quiet as you want to make it. As well as snorkelling and scuba diving, you can try sailing and beach volleyball, or use it as a base for a myriad of other tours and activities such as game or reef fishing, visiting the Cascade Waterfalls or having a round of golf. If you prefer a more relaxing holiday, you can always just sit back, relax and enjoy the fare of our world-class chef as you enjoy the view of beautiful Mele Bay.
Because the island drops off steeply into the ocean, it is just a short swim from the beach/coves to the drop off.
On a dive after heavy rain you may swim through cooler clear fresh water entering the ocean through natural fissures. You will seldom dive with visibility below 30 or 40 metres and 60 plus metres is common. Most dives are carried out in what can only be described as 'stunning underwater visibility'. Water temperature varies between 28-30 degrees C in the 'wet season' November to April, and between 25-29 degrees C in the 'dry season' May till November.
Photography is made that little bit easier in the gin clear water: even novice photographers get great results with clear visibility.
Vava'u has numerous safe, interesting and unique cavern dives with spectacular underwater archways, tunnels, large black coral trees and wall dives that vanish into the inky blue. There is little in the way of currents and most dives are leisurely swim throughs. For wreck dive enthusiasts the 122 metre wreck of the Clan McWilliam that sank over 50 years ago, sits upright and still intact. Then there’s the Humpback Whales, a treat everyone should experience, both above and below the surface.
Relax with a cocktail on the huge upper sundeck that features an island bar and the best views in the Yasawa Islands; socialise in the middle deck lounge bar featuring a wide screen TV and DJ station; feast in the lower decks dining saloon; or cool down while cruising to the next dive spot in the swimming pool in the stern. There is also a formal entry foyer, boutique, beauty spa, guest laundry and four sundecks.
As well as the diving, enjoy a huge variety of activities with on-board water toys and swimming as well as volleyball, bushwalks, fish feeding, snorkelling, village visits or simply relaxing under a palm tree ashore. During the week, you’ll dine aboard, lunch under a palm tree on pristine white beaches and enjoy a feast ashore under the stars!
The diving at Sipadan is mostly for intermediate – advanced divers, as there are often strong currents and choppy sea conditions.
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.
Taveuni has an unspoiled quality that is hard to find in today's world. 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.
The diving in Vila is full of hard corals, great reefs, tropical marine life, caves and swim throughs, plus some wrecks which are great for first time wreck divers or as a build up to the magnificent shipwrecks at Santo.
Wananavu Beach Resort 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.