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Snorkeling in Fiji: Rainbow Reef, Taveuni, and Beyond

Explore the "soft coral capital of the world" from the comfort of this idyllic island paradise, as we visit Rainbow Reef and Beqa Lagoon, two of the top snorkel locations in Fiji.


  • 2 full days snorkeling on the legendary Rainbow Reef, known as the "soft coral capital of the world."
  • 3 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.
  • 2 days of land exploration on Taveuni Island include shore-based snorkeling, village visits, and waterfall hikes.

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 offers snorkeling and diving at Fiji's most pristine and colorful reefs, and includes an introduction 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.

Trip Dates & Cost

2018: October 6-16. $4,875 per person.* Group limit 11.

* There is a single supplement fee of $975. Trip price does 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 expedition.


Keoki Stender is a native Hawaiian photographer, educator, diving industry specialist, and owner of marinelifephotography.com, a popular species identification resource for Hawaii and beyond. He studied marine science and botany at the University of Hawaii and shares this passion as a guest speaker and volunteer educator for many organizations. Keoki is a PADI scuba instructor with more than 25 years of experience in the dive industry.

Roger Harris is a long-time Oceanic Society naturalist with 30 years of experience working as a guide. In addition to working with Oceanic Society, Roger has frequently worked as a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions and the National Audubon Society. As a naturalist he has led eco-tours in Honduras, Belize, Kenya, Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, Baja California, and SE Alaska. Roger is also a professional conservation biologist specializing in endangered species, wetlands, and native habitat restoration. He earned a graduate degree in ornithology from U.C. Berkeley, and is both a NAUI diver and an expert world birder.


Day 1 (Sep 23 or earlier): Arrive in Nadi
Arrive in Nadi, Fiji from your point of origin, and transfer (23 Sept) to Beqa Island

Days 2–4 (Sep 24–26): Beqa Lagoon
Enjoy full days of snorkeling the 190 miles of shallow water reefs in Beqa Lagoon

Day 5 (Sep 27): Beqa to Taveuni
Transfer to the airport and fly to Taveuni Island. Transfer to Paradise Taveuni.

Days 6–7 (Sep 28–29): Taveuni
Enjoy two-full days of snorkeling from Taveuni, including the legendary Rainbow Reef and Vuna Reef.

Days 8–9 (Sep 30 – Oct 1): Snorkeling Namena Island
On one day, we take an island tour and enjoy shore-based snorkeling and a visit to a local village. On a second day, we'll hike a series of waterfalls before a final celebration dinner

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


During our expedition we stay at Beqa Lagoon Resort and Paradise Taveuni, highly-rated hotels that offer comfort and easy access to some of Fiji’s more pristine reef areas.

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