Posted on Fri, April 6, 2012 at 10:12AM
From the Travel Editor: Of Fiji’s myriad attractions, those located underwater rate pretty high on the must-see list: volcanic terrain, colorful coral, thousands of different kinds of fish, sharks, and rays patrolling the reefs. If you ask us, you can’t visit and not go snorkeling or scuba diving. Fortunately, our super-romantic Fiji trip this week puts you in prime snorkeling territory, among the western island chain known as the Mamanucas. Even better, Tokoriki Island Resort’s dive shop is one of the best in the Mamanucas. To help you make the most of your time in Fiji, we’ve put together our checklist of the top five must-see diving and snorkeling spots. Enjoy! Gotham City This advanced dive centers around a few pinnacles in the outer part of the Malolo Barrier Reef, which surrounds the islands. Encounter a huge variety of sea life, from the batfish (which give the site its name) to diverse corals, giant moray eels, and barracudas. The Supermarket Located not far from Mana Island, this advanced dive rivals Gotham City in its fame. Swim with—and perhaps even feed—sharks of all kinds and sizes, including white- and black-tip reef sharks up to six feet in length. Blue Coral Reef Not far from Tokoriki Island, divers of all levels can swim along a reef inhabited by the rare Heliopora Caerulea, a type of blue coral that was believed not to exist in Fiji until this reef was discovered in 2005. Swim with hawksbill turtles as you explore this unique site, the only of its kind in the country. Tivua Island When you tire of snorkeling the same reefs every day at Tokoriki, head to the tiny islet of Tivua, where you’ll be one of only a handful of daytrippers. Here, nesting turtles, colorful corals, and fish fill the protected coves, making for a perfect, secluded excursion. Monuriki Island The expansive, shallow waters surrounding stunningly beautiful Monuriki Island — think blindingly white sands and a towering mountain — gained international acclaim as the filming location for the movie Castaway. We’d go, though, for the island’s ideal snorkeling attributes, from sheltered bays to countless different shapes of coral. Don’t just take our word for it — find out for yourself with our airfare-inclusive trip to these idyllic islands. Dates are available throughout the spring and fall.