About This Trip
- In Taveuni, snorkel the legendary Rainbow Reef, known as the "soft coral capital of the world."
- Spend 4 full days at the Beqa Lagoon reef complex, one of Fiji's most spectacular and diverse reef ecosystems, with a great variety of shallow water habitats to explore.
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 1,400 species of fish and countless invertebrates. This expedition will have you snorkeling at Fiji's most pristine and colorful reefs and introduce you to the beautiful flora and fauna of Taveuni Island.
Our expedition begins on Beqa Island, a dramatic island where a short boat ride from our resort delivers us to a wonderland of marine life in Beqa Lagoon’s crystal clear waters, with more than 100 snorkel sites along 190 miles of coastline. There will be ample opportunities to spot and photograph numerous fish species, huge fans, and a rainbow of soft corals—all in 80-degree water with incredible visibility. After Beqa, we fly to Taveuni Island, the "garden island" of Fiji, shrouded in rainforest with rich volcanic soils. On Tavenui we will snorkel the dazzling Vuna Reef and Rainbow Reef, and enjoy island outings to learn about the culture and fauna of this idyllic island paradise.
Notes on Trip Costs
There is a single supplement fee of $1,200. Trip prices do not include international or in-country airfare. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.
Take $500 off your total booking cost when combined with our Tonga: Snorkeling with Humpback Whales expedition.
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Founded in 1969, Oceanic Society is America’s oldest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. As pioneers of “eco travel,” our expeditions have been designed to directly support our mission. They not only positively impact our travelers, but also the people, places, and wildlife we go to see. Your expedition costs include fees that support conservation and promote sustainable livelihoods in the communities we visit, and Oceanic Society's earnings are invested back into our global research and conservation programs. In 2019, we also established our Expedition Impact Fund (EIF) as a way to grow our impact. The fund is seeded annually with money earned from our expeditions, and supplemented by donations from Oceanic Society travelers. Through the EIF, we award grants to our partners for their on-the-ground efforts to protect ocean habitats and the wildlife and human communities that depend on them.
Dates & Prices
Day 1: Arrive in Nadi - Taveuni
The group will meet at the Nadi International Airport and then fly together to Taveuni, the starting point of our program. After landing in Taveuni, we will take a scenic hour-long drive to the resort, Paradise Taveuni.
Days 2–4: Taveuni | Snorkeling Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef
We will have three days on beautiful Taveuni, known as the "Garden Island" of Fiji. Taveuni's colorful profusion of tropical plants and flowers is matched by its incredible underwater reefs that are filled with colorful fish and corals. While on Taveuni we will have a full day to snorkel the legendary Rainbow Reef, we'll spend a day touring this picturesque island and a visiting a local village, and we'll spend a day snorkeling Vuna Reef at the island's southern tip.
While snorkeling we will see beautiful soft and hard corals, schools of damsels and orange anthias, and will look for moray eels, batfish, butterflyfish, Moorish idols, parrotfish, and possibly titan triggerfish, as well as tuna, jacks, barracuda, and possibly even manta rays, plus much more.
Day 5: Taveuni - Nadi - Beqa
In the morning we will transfer to the Taveuni airport and fly to Suva, before continuing by boat to Beqa Island. We'll check in to our rooms at Beqa Lagoon Resort, and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Days 6–9: Snorkeling Beqa Island's Reefs
We will have 3 full days to snorkel in the beautiful reefs surrounding Beqa Island. Just a short boat ride from the resort in the tranquil, crystal clear water is an incredible diversity of marine life, chock-full of soft corals, sea fans, garden eels, orangutan crabs, rays, bull sharks, tiger sharks, and various fish species. Each day, after breakfast, we will be picked up and head out on the water to go to multiple snorkeling sites. We will then take a short break to eat a packed lunch before going to more sites. We will go back to the resort mid-afternoon and have the rest of the afternoon to relax on the beach under the palm trees. Following dinner, your naturalist may give a presentation about the coral reef ecosystems and the global issues that impact them. There will also be opportunities to enjoy Meke, a traditional Fijian song and dance, while we drink kava out of coconut cups
Days 10: Return to Nadi - Fly home
In the morning, transfer by boat to Pacific Harbor, then take a scenic (2.5 hour) drive to Nadi International Airport. You will have the rest of the day to explore Nadi on your own, before your evening flight back home.