With eight Fiji sharks inhabiting its waters, many consider Fiji to be the best shark dive in the world. Divers will not only get up close to Fiji sharks, but also to 300 different species of fish such as Giant Grouper, Rainbow Runners, Eagle Rays, Maori Wrasse, and many more.
When shark diving in Fiji, you may see any of the following Fiji sharks: White tip Reef Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Silvertip Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Sicklefin Lemon Sharks, Tawny Nurse Sharks, Bull Sharks, and the occasional Tiger Shark. On a single dive in Fiji, you can encounter Fiji sharks and much more.
The popular Shark Dive in Fiji takes divers to the Shark Reef Marine Reserve on the outskirts of Beqa Lagoon. The reserve was established to study the population of Fiji sharks and to protect them and sharks worldwide.
There are two shark dives available. The first, a 45-minute dive, takes divers first to a reef with a drop off into the Beqa Passage abyss. Where the feeders attract the Bull sharks, the water depth is 100 feet. After diving in “The Arena,” divers proceed to the second part of this dive, “The Den.” Divers can observe smaller Fiji sharks, Blacktip Reefs, and Whitetip Reefs as they peacefully circle around divers. Following this, divers will surface for an hour before proceeding to the next dive. Divers eat fresh fruits and drink coffee or tea on the beach.
Divers go halfway down the first shark dive at 55 feet on the second dive. This is known as “The Take Out,” and it is where the majority of the feeding takes place. Tawny Nurses are usually the first Fiji Sharks to arrive on the scene, right before the Bull Sharks. The Tawny Nurses in this area are already used to the presence of divers, so they approach feeders first before taking the offered bait. Other Fiji sharks, such as Silvertips and Gray Reefs, can feed when the Bull Sharks allow it. Until a Tiger Shark appears, Bull Sharks are the dominant Fiji sharks. The lone Tiger Shark is one of the ocean’s most dangerous predators. An encounter with this fearsome beast will be an unforgettable experience.
Shark diving can be done in a single day or over a seven-day period. There are day tours and adventure packages available. Shark dives, on the other hand, are only available to certified divers due to the depth of the dives.