Dive in Kadavu Island

Diving in Kadavu Island

Kadavu is one of the less visited islands of Fiji which is precisely the reason why you should go there. No big resorts and fast food outlets here. Instead you can get a taste for the real Fiji, where the quickest transport is by boat, where the dive resorts are in tune with nature and where the true Fijian culture and warmth shines through.

Pristine hard corals in massed stands of colour abound, around which play a tremendous variety of marine life.

The Great Astrolabe Reef, which curls away into the deep blue distance from the shores of the island, is what scuba diving in Kadavu is all about. The reef is about 100 km long, making it the 4th largest barrier reef in the world. It stretches from the south side of Kadavu near Vunisea, and runs along the south coast before looping around Ono Island and ending off the east coast of the main island. 

The reef boasts a variety of stunning hard coral outer reef slopes in wonderous colours, and steep soft coral drop-offs. The dive sites here exhibit a tremendous variety with several passages, submerged pinnacles and manta ray cleaning stations adding to the reasons why Kadavu is a great spot for several days diving.

Now, the fringing reefs of Kadavu are becoming as recognised as its barrier reef, and the reputations of Namalata and Tavuki Reefs along the north coast, are growing in reputation. These are soft coral pinnacles and great areas for the student or less experienced divers as conditions can be easy and the sites are varied. South Sea Reef to the south west of the island too, has hard corals and steep walls. Here again the reefs are in prime condition and the numbers and variety of fish life is richly rewarding.

Most of the dives in and around Kadavu are easy to access by short boat ride and see little more than moderate currents. The innumerable bays that lie all around the coast of Kadavu also provide an idyllic setting for sea-kayaking, swimming and snorkelling. 

Whatever your standard, however low your boredom threshold is, there is such variety in these dive sites and wonderful untamed reefs and reef-life that you too will join the growing number of divers who think Kadavu has all the elements of a perfect Fiji dive holiday. 

Highlights:

Eagle Rock - One of The Great Astrolabe Reef's signature dives. Sunken boulders, pinnacles, narrow channels, sheer walls and a rugged, rocky sea floor combine to provide some of the most interesting topography you are likely to see. There is a great chance of seeing spotted eagle rays and there are other sights to watch out for such as large groupers and Napoleon wrasses, but it is the simply astonishing collection of hard corals here which makes this Kadavu diving site exceptional.

Naiqoro Passage- Wall dives on both sides of the passage also home to Spot X and the Japanese Gardens. This passage offers one of the finest dives in Fiji, abounding in pelagic and reef fish, sharks and coral gardens exploding with colour.

Kadavu dive spots

Kadavu dive map

Manta Rays on Manta Reef, Kadavu island Fiji

Travel to Kadavu Island

Kadavu is one of the less visited islands of Fiji which is precisely the reason why you should go there. No big resorts and fast food outlets here. Instead you can get a taste for the real Fiji, where the quickest transport is by boat, where the dive resorts are in tune with nature and where the true Fijian culture and warmth shines through.

 

Pristine hard corals in massed stands of colour abound, around which play a tremendous variety of marine life. The Great Astrolabe Reef, which curls away into the deep blue distance from the shores of the island, is what scuba diving in Kadavu is all about. The reef is about 100 km long, making it the 4th largest barrier reef in the world. It stretches from the south side of Kadavu near Vunisea, and runs along the south coast before looping around Ono Island and ending off the east coast of the main island.

 

The reef boasts a variety of stunning hard coral outer reef slopes in wonderous colours, and steep soft coral drop-offs. The dive sites here exhibit a tremendous variety with several passages, submerged pinnacles and manta ray cleaning stations adding to the reasons why Kadavu is a great spot for several days diving.

 

Now, the fringing reefs of Kadavu are becoming as recognised as its barrier reef, and the reputations of Namalata and Tavuki Reefs along the north coast, are growing in reputation. These are soft coral pinnacles and great areas for the student or less experienced divers as conditions can be easy and the sites are varied. South Sea Reef to the south west of the island too, has hard corals and steep walls. Here again the reefs are in prime condition and the numbers and variety of fish life is richly rewarding.

 

Most of the dives in and around Kadavu are easy to access by short boat ride and see little more than moderate currents. The innumerable bays that lie all around the coast of Kadavu also provide an idyllic setting for sea-kayaking, swimming and snorkelling.

 

Whatever your standard, however low your boredom threshold is, there is such variety in these dive sites and wonderful untamed reefs and reef-life that you too will join the growing number of divers who think Kadavu has all the elements of a perfect Fiji dive holiday.

  • Coral Village is a huge garden of soft coral

    Coral Village is a huge garden of soft coral
  • Another shark in paradise

    Another shark in paradise
  • Our wonderful beach

    Our wonderful beach
  • Our cottages

    Our cottages
  • The wonderful beach for snorkeling or sunbathing

    The wonderful beach for snorkeling or sunbathing
  • Lettuce patches

    Lettuce patches
  • The dive center

    The dive center
  • School of white tip sharks

    School of white tip sharks
  • Kadavu

    Kadavu
  • Kadavu beach

    Kadavu beach
  • Manta Rays on Manta Reef, Kadavu island Fiji

    Manta Rays on Manta Reef, Kadavu island Fiji
  • Shark

    Shark