- Suva, Fiji
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
With a spectacular array of pulsating colors, clear water, gardens of soft coral and an awe-inspiring density of marine life, the diving in this undiscovered paradise rivals the Red Sea. Marvel at schools of pygmy manta rays cruising across the sand flats. Watch white and black tip reef sharks glide over vibrant, untouched reefs. Simply awesome! Ready to dive Fiji's best? We start with Kadavu's Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest barrier reef in the world and home to a resident population of manta rays. Off the beaten path, the diving is pristine. The rich nutrients passing through the strait make this one of the best places in the world to observe astounding coral growth and plentiful marine life. If you can take your eyes off the brilliant soft corals, you'll find giant humphead Napoleon wrasse, banded sea snakes, majestic manta rays, black tip and white tip reef sharks and turtles. A closer look reveals the colorful nudibranchs and pipefish that hide out on the reef along with the lionfish and odd-looking crocodile fish. After two or even three incredible dives a day, there is still time to play volleyball, enjoy the beach, check out the sea kayaks or just hang out with new friends. We also explore this tropical paradise. Take a guided eco-trek up to majestic waterfalls, walk along the rugged Kadavu shores and hike through dense jungle terrain with towering rubber trees. Visit a Fijian village where gracious locals treat us to a proper welcome with a “lovo”, a traditional Fijian meal cooked completely underground. Share a bowl of “kava” with the village chief. Listen in awe as they share stories about the headhunting days. You’ll leave the South Pacific with fantastic memories of time spent both above and below the waterline.
With world-class diving, beautiful islands, rich history and unique cultures, the South Pacific is a destination like no other. Dive on breathtaking reefs, pinnacles, with guaranteed sightings of big rays, sharks, sea turtles and intensely colored corals. Above the waterline, the islands offer cool rainforest hikes, idyllic beaches and rare glimpses of cultures forgotten by time. Fijians are known to be the friendliest people in the world, and you'll quickly discover why. Learn to weave palm frond baskets, hike to waterfalls, challenge villagers to a soccer match and learn ceremonial dances at a Fijian celebration.
- Setting Description:
- Welcome to the South Pacific, home to some of the world's most lush and divers underwater ecosystems. Land in Honiara, the capital of the Solomons. Situated on the Guadalcanal, it towers over countless unexplored dive sites. North of Honiera is Munda on the southwest side of New Georgia. It’s a place where soft coral reefs and majestic dive walls fill your entire field of vision. Try not to blink. You wouldn’t want to miss any of it. Explore Fiji and its 300 crystal blue islands splayed out across the South Pacific. Our island and dive site of choice is Kadavu, the 4th largest in Fiji and home to 4th largest barrier reef in the world. We can pinpoint exactly where the sharks and rays are on the map, but trust us, you’ll see them.
Based on 1 Reviews
- My 3-Week Fijian Fairytale12/28/15
I can't say enough great things about this trip! Coming from someone who has a fear of flying, going on this adventure meant pushing my comfort zone in the best ways possible. After just one day of knowing each other, everyone on the trip was so supportive
and made sure to check in on me during every flight. Everyone got along so well and our instructors excitement for diving was contagious. There are countless stories that I can tell about how I've made lifelong friends (that I still visit), dived with dozens of giant manta rays, met so many fascinating Fijian locals, and spent multiple evenings watching shooting stars and playing games with my new close friends. It sounds like a dream, and it really was! This is without a doubt my favorite experience that I've ever had and I wish that I could relive it!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend