Though known to many as just another one of those tiny countries on the other side of the globe, Fiji is actually an island paradise where fragrant flowers abound and azure waters grace some of the world's most beautiful palm-fringed beaches. Fiji also is a unique dive destination that features a wide array of topside and underwater adventures
World's Most Colorful Reefs: Fiji's undersea fields of soft coral are legendary among traveling divers. Nowhere else will you find such vibrant colors and such a wide range of hues. Delicate hard coral formations are carpeted with pastel shades of lavender and lemon, punctuated by bright splashes of crimson red, juicy orange and royal purple. The reefs are a kaleidoscope of splendid colors and shapes.
Extraordinary Marine Life: Fiji's Indo-Pacific species are nothing like the familiar fish of North America and the Caribbean. The exotic forms and brilliant colors of these precious tropicals amaze first-time visitors. Apricot-colored Clownfish and electric blue eels dance before your facemask in a carnival atmosphere. Speckled frogfish cling to corals with tiny claws. Stately lionfish with banded quills glide past the shadowed recesses of small coral caves. Add to this undersea spectacular, the excitement of great fish schools, giant manta rays and sleek sharks.
Diving Thrills: Fiji offers just about every type of diving imaginable. Coral-covered pinnacles rise up from the deep blue to within three feet of the surface. You can spiral around them for a 360-degree tour of a vertical coral reef. Wall diving is equally is awesome, especially with 100-foot plus visibility. Coral caverns and caves are decorated in a multi-color tapestry of encrusting sponge and soft corals. Drift diving provides a fast-paced tour of the reefscape.
Palm-Studded Islands: The more than 300 islands of Fiji the real-life vision of a South Seas paradise. Tall coconut palms sway in the gentle tropical breeze. White sand beaches rim shorelines. Shallow crystalline lagoons are filled with coral heads that beckon to snorkelers.
Friendly Islanders: The Fijian people are so friendly that visitors are welcomed as honored guests and a new name is never forgotten. Fiji was voted ''The World's Friendliest People'' by Conde Nast Magazine Online Readers Poll.
Easy Travel: Fiji is easy to reach with direct jet flights on Air Pacific, Air New Zealand or Qantas. Flights depart regularly from Los Angeles, Vancouver and Honolulu. Flying time is not much more than some Caribbean destinations. A network of inter-island routes carries visitors onward to outlying islands. Flights to key diving islands operate several time daily.
Low Air Fares: Airlines serving Fiji offer bargain rates that are often less than Caribbean or Central American destinations. Because of these low rates, Fiji is able to offer extremely competitive fly/dive packages that few Pacific destinations can match. Today, Fiji is one of the best travel values for divers who seek superior diving.
Sport Diver's Shoppers Guide: You can find accommodations designed to fit most any pocketbook, featuring everything from comfortable thatched-roof cottages called bures to five-star luxury hotels.
There are both Individual and group scheduled departures. Groups leave every month on Saturday for 7 nights. You can extend travel to additional dive locations or dve/stay less number of days. Call for details.