Fiji Snorkeling - Simply the Best
Fiji Snorkeling Cove
I think that Fiji snorkeling is simply the best in the world. It puts everything else I have seen to shame. I have been to Fiji four times - twice to the southern Mamanuca chain and twice to Matangi Island in the north. Near Malolo, Sunflower Reef is accessible by boat and this reef is the size of three football fields. Barrier reefs in Fiji keep wave action to an either non existent or barely noticed effect. Thus, the water is tremendously clear. Photos taken underwater often look as if they were taken in the air.
While boat snorkels are always exciting, Fiji's reefs are so abundant that you can generally snorkel off your beach right in front of your Bure (little house) to your heart's content. You will find the water warm and quite comfortable, clear and the coral is pristine. And, there is a full range of corals and fishes. You can expect to see large plate corals, staghorn corals, soft corals, blue star fish, giant clams and large anemones with several types of clown fishes.
I have snorkeled in Hawaii
(not my favorite), Honduras
and throughout the Caribbean
and Fiji wins hands down. The reefs are so protected from the elements, boat traffic and pollution that many are simply pristine with live, healthy corals. If you go, stick to the smaller islands (meaning do not select the two largest islands) you will enjoy the full Fiji experience. The native Fijians do work at smaller island resorts - and many of the smaller resorts are family owned and operated (Matangi is a private 240 acre family owned operation and is simply perfect). You can expect to be treated quite well and will find the Fijians are very happy and loving people.
I would love to go back - any groups out there planning a trip - please let me know. My travel partner passed away 16 months ago and I am not ready to sit on the couch.