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Fiji: Snorkeling Rainbow Reef and Namena Island

Explore the "soft coral capital of the world" from the comfort of this idyllic island paradise with options to scuba dive or snorkel, bird watch, and more.


  • 3 full days snorkeling on pristine Vuna Reef and legendary Rainbow Reef, known as the "soft coral capital of the world."
  • 4 full days at Namena Barrier Reef, one of Fiji's most spectacular and diverse reef ecosystems, designated as a marine reserve since 2004.
  • See red-footed boobies, fruit bats, and endemic rails in virgin forest.

The Fijian archipelago encompasses one of the most extensive coral reef systems in the world, hosting an extraordinary variety of marine organisms, including more than 1,200 species of fish and countless invertebrates. This expedition offers snorkeling and diving at Fiji's remote, colorful reefs, and includes an introduction to Taveuni and Namena Islands' beautiful flora and fauna.

Our expedition begins on Taveuni, the "garden island" of Fiji, shrouded in rainforest with rich volcanic soils. Offshore we explore the dazzling Vuna and Rainbow Reefs for three full days. Next we visit Namena, a dramatic island of white sand beaches and forests where many unique bird species are found. From our cliffside resort we spend four days snorkeling or diving Namena Barrier Reef.

Trip Dates & Cost

2017: September 23 - October 2. $4,875 per person.* Group limit 11.

* There is a single supplement fee of $975. Trip price does not include international airfare. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.


Samantha Whitcraft holds a bachelor in Natural Sciences from Harvard University and earned her master of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. As a conservation biologist, she has worked with National Geographic, WildAid and local communities to research and develop sustainable ecotourism and "citizen science." A resident of Florida, her fieldwork has taken her to the Amazon, Kiribati, the Bahamas, Fiji, and the Galapagos.


Day 0 (September 22 or earlier): Arrive in Nadi
Arrive in Nadi, Fiji from your point of origin, the day before the start of our trip.

Day 1 (September 23): Nadi - Taveuni
Fly to Taveuni and transfer by boat to our hotel.

Days 2-5 (September 24–26): Snorkeling Taveuni
Enjoy full days of snorkeling and/or scuba diving in Taveuni, including the legendary Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef.

Day 5 (September 27): Taveuni - Namena
Transfer to the airport in Taveuni and fly to Savusavu. Then take a boat transfer to your hotel on Namena Island.

Days 6-9 (September 28 – October 1): Snorkeling Namena Island
Enjoy full days of snorkeling and/or diving in and around Namena Marine Park

Day 10 (October 2): Namena - Nadi - Fly home
Fly from Savusavu (Namena) to Nadi to catch your flight home or on to your next destination.


We stay at the only resort on Namena Island, set on the cliff to take advantage of exceptional views and catch tropical breezes. With a maximum capacity of only 12 guests we enjoy Fiji's remote reefs in splendid isolation.

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