About Fiji and Beqa Lagoon
The soft coral capital of the world!
Fiji! It conjures up images of the perfect South Pacific island paradise: Coconut-lined, white sand beaches that flow seamlessly into warm, azure blue seas. The Republic of Fiji is a cluster of about 332 islands—160 are inhabited—and over 500 tiny islets that falls between 16º and 18º south of the Equator. The two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu account for almost 75 percent of the total land mass and possesses nearly 90 percent of the population (last estimated to be nearly one million people). Born of fire, Fiji is mostly volcanic in origin and has lush tropical jungles that cover mostly rugged terrain.
Only 15 square kilometers in size, the island of Beqa (Pronounced “Benga”) is located to the south of the main island of Viti Levu, and is enclosed in a lagoon defined by over 190 km of coral reef. Though Beqa Lagoon, and all of the islands of Fiji, fall just outside of the boundary that defines the Coral Triangle, the diversity of marine life as astoundingly high. It has been reported that Fiji possesses nearly 1500 species of tropical fish and almost 400 species of hard corals. Beqa also has a good variety of habitats within the lagoon including shallow coral gardens that showcase the incredible diversity of corals and fish in the area, current-swept passages that offer exhilarating drift snorkels over a kaleidoscope of colors, and seaward reefs where big fish such as groupers, sharks, and turtles can be found. If it’s a South Pacific paradise you seek, please join us for this amazing 11-day snorkeling tour to one of the world’s most beautiful tropical island destinations!
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Our tour begins and ends in Nadi, Fiji.
Day 1: Nadi, Fiji / Beqa Lagoon
Meals provided: D
Upon arrival a representative from Beqa Lagoon will meet you for your transfer to Beqa Lagoon Resort. Transfers begin with a 2.5-hour drive to Pacific Harbor and then a 45-minute boat ride to Beqa Lagoon Resort. We will meet for our welcome dinner at the resort at 7:00 pm. Overnight Beqa Lagoon Resort.
Day 2 – 10: Beqa Lagoon
Meals provided: B,L,D
With over 190 miles of reef that make up the expansive lagoon, there are literally hundreds of snorkel sites to choose from. Shallow, brilliant coral gardens that are clouded by schools of colorful fishes, seaward reefs with drop-offs that plunge hundreds of feet and are adorned with magnificent soft corals in the shallows and along the walls, current-swept channels where the big fish like sharks, groupers, barracudas, and jacks hang-out along with thousands of tropical fishes that feed on plankton, are just some of the snorkel sites we will visit. Each day we use the tides, weather, and our preferences, to guide us in our choice of snorkel sites. But with the amazing diversity of reef habitats, fishes, and corals, it will be a fantastic, memorable snorkel no matter where we go in Beqa Lagoon!
During our time at the resort, we will also have one half-day tour to Kula Eco Park, Fiji’s only wildlife park where native plants and animals reside, and one full day to visit explore the freshwater systems and jungles of Fiji and experience traditional Fijian culture. On this tour, we gently raft down the Navua River where vibrant bird songs coming from the tropical jungle along the banks fill the air. We end at a native Fijian village where we will be immerse ourselves in Fijian culture and enjoy a traditional lunch and Kava ceremony! Both of these trips will be planned according to weather and timing preference. Overnight Beqa Lagoon Resort.
Day 11: International transfers or extensions
Meals provided: B
After breakfast we transfer back to Nadi for international connections or extensions.
What to Expect
Water temperatures average around 28º C (82º F), though influxes of cooler surface waters can be experienced at any time, resulting in a drop in water temperatures by a couple of degrees. We recommend full 3mm wetsuits and having a hood is also important not only for thermal protection, but as a barrier against the sun. At a minimum, please have a full dive skin (such as lycra or more advanced materials like Lavacore). to help with protection against the sun as well as the random no-see-um stingies that are part of the plankton community.
Our land tours involve vehicle supported excursions and require comfortable clothing for being out in the sun and comfortable footwear for walking on paved walkways and well-established trails. On our river rafting tour, while not expected to be vigorous, guests should be prepared to get wet. We suggest wearing quick-drying materials or bringing a change of clothes. Dry bags are also highly recommended to ensure items remain dry while on board the raft.
Please click on our page About our Tours to read about what a typical day of snorkeling looks like on most of our tour programs.
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Aug 27 – Sept 6, 2016
From $5600 USD per person, double occupancy
Accommodations: Beqa Lagoon Resort
July 12 – 25, 2018 – our special Melanesia snorkeling tour
Please email us with any questions you may have about these trips.