Fiji: The soft coral capital of the world

Fiji Snorkelling -- Hawksbill Turtle

Guided snorkeling with marine biology lectures

The reefs around Vanua Levu provide some of the most rewarding snorkelling in the world – a chance to see the famous soft corals of Fiji, swim amongst clouds of sergeant majors, anthias, damsel fish and jack fish, and see sharks, rays and turtles.

Join us for one of our weeks of Guided Snorkeling weeks with Marine Biology Lectures – a spectacular week of daily field trips, both in boats and from the shore (every day except Wednesday when we find that people are usually happy to have a day to themselves).

We include a full day at the Namena Island Marine Reserve. You will board the Namena Divers boat at the dock in Savusavu first thing in the morning; the trip to the island takes approximately 55 minutes. The island is surrounded by a protected reserve; you will be snorkeling over coral beautiful reefs with a wealth of marine life. You will be given lunch on the private island, and encoraged to explore its sandy beach and the paths in its interior, which give you access to its many birds. The diving at Namena is ranked amongst the world’s best dive sites – and the snorkeling is up there too!

On three evenings, an experienced marine biologist will give talks on the marine environment. On the first day, he will come with you for an introductory snorkel, and the next day he will guide the snorkel and point out some of the wonders of the ocean on a field trip.

During the rest of the week, you will be accompanied by our staff who will guide you to the best spots for snorkeling.

Below the water is definitely the centre of the week, but we’ll also show you a lot of Fiji above the water. Visits to a waterfall, Savusavu town and a local village are included.

Dates and daily programme

Cost and booking

Cost:

All prices in Australian $.
$1300 per person twin share.
$1650 single room.

Booking:

In order to book one of our Guided Snorkeling Weeks, please click here. You will be taken to the Guided Snorkeling page on our Paradise Courses website, which has a new secure booking form.

If there’s anything you’d like to ask, please email susan@paradisecourses.com or call us at our Sydney office: (+61) 02 8094 1613.

Dates.

January 9 – 16
March 5 – 12
April 2 – 9
October 8 – 15
December 10 – 17

(And if none of these fit in with your plans, please contact us and we’ll do our best to arrange something to suit you.)

Daily programme.

Our daily programme below gives you an immersion in Fiji both above and below the water – daily snorkeling with plenty of time for excursions and some free time for relaxing. We may change the schedule slightly to fit in with weather and tides.

Below the water is definitely the centre of the week, but we’ll also show you a lot of Fiji above the water. Visits to a waterfall, Savusavu town and a local village are all included – there’s a full programme set out below. (We don’t specifiy a day for the trip to Namena as this depends on weather and tides; if the conditions are too rough, the trip may be cancelled at the discretion of the boat captain. He tries hard to make sure you get there but obviously safety concerns have to be his priority.)

Saturday

Travel to Savusavu: please book your flights to arrive in the morning.
Poolside lunch, followed by an introductory snorkel.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.00 pm Dinner

Sunday

Field trip. We’ve listed some of the snorkeling sites below; we’ll choose which one to visit depending on weather and tides.

Monday

Morning: Field trip.
We’ll be back in time for lunch, and after lunch there will be a tapa demonstration. Tapa is traditional Fijian bark cloth, and a local craftswoman will show you how it’s made and invite you to try your hand at decorating a piece.
Afternoon: Town Visit.
Evening: Lecture on Conceptual Coral Reefs

Tuesday

Morning: Field trip.
After lunch, we will visit the J. Hunter Pearls pearl farm. These are magnificent black pearls grown and harvested in Savusavu Bay. Depending on the season, you may go out in the boat to visit the pearl farming platforms and snorkel along the rope lines where the oysters grow.

Wednesday

7.30 – 9.00: Breakfast.
Free morning: arrange whatever private trips you wish (these are not included in the price). Visit the Flora Tropica Gardens with their marvellous collection of palm trees from around the world; have a massage; relax by the pool.

4.00 – 6.30 Excursion to local village to see the way of life and enjoy a traditional Fijian meke (dance).
7.00 Dinner and Lecture on ‘Cities under the sea’

Thursday

Morning: Field trip.
Afternoon: Excursion to waterfall – plunge into the cool depths of the pool beneath the torrent.
Evening: dinner.

Friday

Morning: Field trip.
Afternoon: Free
Evening: Lecture on Coral Critters

Saturday

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What to bring

We have masks, snorkels and a selection of fins to fit most sizes.

Many people choose to bring their own mask and snorkel; you can buy decent equipment from any dive shop or large sports store eg Rebel for as little as $35 upwards. If you are bringing your own and it’s new, it’s a good idea to make sure you know how it fits before you come. It’s also helpful to try and use it a few times as brand new masks tend to fog up on the first few outings – although it’s easy enough to clear them.

We have a wide range of fins to fit most sizes; it’s helpful to us if you could let us know in advance what size you take so we can double-check that we have a pair in your size.

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Accommodation at Daku Resort

Accommodation is at Daku Resort in an Ocean View Bure – one and two bedroom bures (rooms), either single stand-alone bures or “duplex” bures (two entirely separate rooms under one roof). Each room can have either a double bed and a single bed, or two single beds, as required; an ensuite bathroom and a small private deck.

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Getting here

Fiji has about 300 islands. The two big ones are Viti Levu where you’ll arrive when you fly into Nadi airport, and Vanua Levu – that’s us. But whilst Viti Levu has most of the population and gets most of the tourism, we’re still a sleepy backwater with a small population and a fraction of the tourist numbers.

You get to us by plane from Nadi – a short 55 minute flight over mountains, reefs and sea. From landing at the Savusavu airstrip and collecting your baggage from the trolley, we’re 10 minutes drive away.

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