Manta Reef, Kadavu:
One of the few places in the world where you are (almost) guaranteed to see manta rays. Additionally, Astrolabe Reef is also located off Kadavu, and offers over 100km of variety in marine life.
Naiqoro Passage, Kadavu:
A vertical wall that drops past 30 metres/100 feet, this sheer face is tie-dyed with colored anemones and soft corals in reds, oranges, and a profusion of purples. Look for snapper, sweetlips, potato cod, huge soft coral trees, sea fans, and whip corals. Be cautious of current.
Pacific Harbor, Coral Coast:
Strong oceanic current and underwater volcanoes imbue this area with nutrients, resulting in spectacularly rich coral. Dives at this location include passages through the reef, steep walls, wrecks, and drift dives.
Rainbow Reef, Taveuni:
Located in the Somosomo Strait, and renowned for big pelagics and incredible corals, Rainbow Reef usually fosters great drift dive conditions. You’ll also usually spot gorgonian fans, sea whips, lionfish, moray eels, and pelagics like barracuda, mackerel, eagle rays, and manta rays. The Great White wall is the most infamous spot along the Rainbow Reef, with its memorizing soft coral collection, it’s not to be missed.
Simi’s Maze, Tavewa, Yasawa Group:
Explore swim-throughs, caves, and canyons while looking for sea urchins, scorpionfish, eagle rays, sea turtles, bull rays, bumphead parrotfish, and the rare hairy ghost pipefish.
The Coral Coast, Barrier Reef, Sigatoka:
This reef (actually more than a dozen dive sites) encompasses pelagic viewing (manta rays, dolphins, marlin, yellowfin tuna, barracuda, trevally, reef and hammerhead sharks), lagoon diving, coral canyons, wall dives, and wreck dives (including the wreck of a B-26 bomber which crash-landed in the water).
E-6, Bligh waters:
Located about 20 minutes off north of the main island, Bligh waters, is a popular location known for its tropical marine life. This nutrient rich area is best explored by liveaboard. E-6 is home to a magnificent pinnacle which is sometimes visited by hammerhead sharks.
Surrounded by spectacular coral reef, Beqa lagoon is notorious for shark diving encounters usually between January and August.
Namena Marine Protected Reserve, Savusavu:
The Namena Marine area is also located in Bligh waters and since it is a protected area, the reef is exceptionally healthy and infamous for its wide diversity in marine life.
Loba Loba Lighthouse, Lomaiviti:
At the tip of the reef you can find coral gardens, pinnacles, passages, white-tip reef sharks, Spanish mackerel, Napoleon wrasse, giant groupers, batfish, ornamental reef fish, and the occasional pelagic silvertip shark.