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Vanua Levu snorkeling spots

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Starting in California where I live, Fiji is one of the most accessible South Pacific snorkeling destinations. Besides the remarkable reefs, Fiji fits the image of “tropical paradise” many of us share: palm-studded white sand beaches, clear water, and one of the world’s most friendly indigenous cultures now that the days of cannibalism are gone. An added advantage is Fiji’s lack of malaria.

Fringing reefs are common along many of the coastlines surrounding Fiji’s 322 islands, and there exists plenty of barrier reef as well. The reef off the north coast of Vanua Levu is the fourth longest in the world and offers an incredible variety of fish and coral and a profusion of invertebrates. Huge flat-topped coral heads called “bommies” rise from the deep to within a few feet of the surface, which along with the protected interiors of barrier reefs make it one of the world’s great snorkeling venues.

In contrast with the Caribbean islands, Vanua Levu’s reefs offer prolific soft corals, presenting the snorkeler with resplendent views of brilliant reds, yellows, and pinks. While the Caribbean has 68 species of coral, the South Pacific boasts over 700 (so far) and over 3000 species of fish, many of which are resident on the reefs of Fiji. Striped, spotted, dappled, and dotted, these fish come in colors and shapes only nature can inspire. Unique creatures that you can expect to see include lionfish, with their elegant plume-like fins; amusing and very approachable clownfish in their host anemones; brilliantly colored and patterned butterflyfish, triggerfish, and wrasse; and the possibility of manta rays, schooling barracudas, and the occasional reef shark.

Written by  Joel Simon.

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There are many in shore coral reefs to snorkle,they are beautifull, but if you want to enter another world dive the outter reef.I went to Fiji for four weeks and stayed four months. I dived the reef (two dives a day) nearly every day for three months. The clarity is the first thing that blows you away,I could read the name on the side of the boat from fourty feet down . The colours of the reef and the fish are breath taking. There are many caves, swim throughs,and there are sheer walls of coral that drop to fifty metres. These walls are also full of small holes and these holes are full of lobsters. The fish life and the abundance of different speicies is amazing, you just can't take it all in. If you ever get the chance, do it , it will stay with you for a life time.

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Sounds AMAZING! Are there any particular dives you can recommend?

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