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Dive area / region : Mamanuca - See the map Scuba Diving in Mamanuca

Best diving season : April  •  May  •  June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 30 meters plus
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Zero or none relevant currents
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships
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Type of marine life : Barracuda  •  Dolphins  •  Shark - Great white  •  Shark - Grey nurse  •  Shark - Reef shark  •  Turtles  •  Whales
Presence of caves / caverns : No


Suit: 3mm in summer, 5mm wetsuit in winter
Type of diving: Mostly reef dives

Mamanuca is made up of about twenty small islands on the western coast of Vitu Levu. The islands can be reached by air in about ten minutes or by ferry, which takes about an hour from the mainland. On arrival you will see a lagoon formed between the Great Sea Reef and the mainland and a shoreline edged by white, sandy, reef-fringed beaches. There are lots of hotels in the region to cater for all budgets and tastes. One of the islands was used to film 'Castaway' with Tom Hanks. Diving is typified by reefs, islands and islets, with calm, coral reefs for beginners. Life includes dolphins, sharks, manta rays, turtles and tropical reef fish.

The Mamanuca (pronounced Mah-mah-noo-tha) islands lie in a majestic arc, only a short distance from the mainland of Viti Levu, curving to the north-west, and almost touching the Yasawa chain. There are 13 islands in all, not counting those covered by the Pacific at high tide and they all share in common pristine white sandy beaches, waving palms, crystal blue waters and, at night, the cooling influence of the trade winds.
The Mamanucas are essentially volcanic outcrops pushed up from the ocean floor in a gigantic earthquake thousands of years ago. Some are especially significant in Fijian folklore. From the air you can see that the Mamanucas group is in fact two clusters known as Mamanuca-i-ra and Mamanuca-i-cake. Within the Mamanucas is the Malolo group, three miles inside the barrier reef, extending in a curve for about 75 miles.

Scuba Diving in the Manaucas Region: The Mamanuca Group (mama-nutha) dives are tailored to meet the needs of every diver, and include an adrenaline charged shark dive at the site know as the supermarket for those craving extreme excitement. Novices have calm waters and coral reefs to explore. Experienced divers can dive the ocean side of the barrier reef and the passages through it. Visibility frequently exceeds 35 meters. As well as vibrant corals and colorful small reef fish. Dolphins, sharks, manta rays, turtles and large pelagic fish are frequently encountered.

Gotham City: Three pinnacles situated in a passage in the outer Barrier Reef where fish and corals are in incredible abundance. Famed for providing the unusual, Gothom City never disappoints. The soft corals are every colour of the rainbow.

Namotu Wall: The stunning Namotu coral cay stands perched on the edge of a 1000 metre plunge into the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Diving here on the outer reef slopes is spectacular. The prolific fish life, the visibility (normally 25-50 metres), reef sharks, turtles and schools of Barracuda are all in abundance.

The Big W's: Outside the Barrier Reef on the edge of the abyss, the 'Ws' provide the big fish action. Mantas and ocean going sharks cruise the reefs and occasionally the elusive whale shark makes an appearance.

Barrel Heads: A large pinnacle rising up from in excess of 60 metres. Excellent hard corals and sea fans are observed here, along with resident reef sharks and turtles. This site can produce the unexpected - large sharks, schools of Yellow Fin tuna and other pelagic species.

Castaway Passage: A gap in the outer Barrier Reef that allows large volumes of ocean water to enter the lagoon. Diving in this passage almost always produces fantastic visibility (30 metres plus). Like a number of our other dives, this site will frequently produce the unexpected. Manta Rays, Sharks, Marlin, and other pelagic species are frequently sited here.

Namotu Reef: This reef is situated in a passage on the Barrier Reef itself. As with all our Barrier Reef dives, you would expect great visibility - anywhere between 30 metres and 60 metres. Pristine corals, abundant tropical marine life and the possibility of Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and Dolphin.

The Big Blue: There are several different sites in one of this location, ranging from the outer wall which drops into oblivion to the amazing coral canyons located on the inner section of the reef.

Wilky Wall: A drift dive over some of the most pristine coral in Fiji / the world. Lots of pelagic fish life including the chance to see Manta Rays and Sharks.

Wilkes Passage: An exciting drift dive with the current running through this passage. Schools of Barracuda and Trevally are common as well as beautiful corals.

The Supermarket: Just 10 kilometres away from the resorts is possibly the world's most famous shark encounter. Grey reef sharks, White tip reef sharks and black tip reef sharks keep the adrenaline pumping! Occasionally we feed the sharks some of which are in excess of 2 metres. This is one of our most exciting dives - you can guess where the staff dive on their days off!

B26 Bomber: This American Bomber aeroplane crash landed only 1 1/2 kilometres from Beachcomber Island in 26 metres of water. Although the aeroplane is well broken up and strewn across the bottom of the ocean, most parts are still all there. We have connected them by a rope so they are easy to find. Entire wing sections, both engines, tail section, electronics, ammunition, the undercarriage, and in fact, the entire aircraft is on the seabed. Although there are no skeletons to be seen, we understand that all the crew were killed on impact.

Salamanda Shipwreck: The salamanda is a decommissioned, 40 metre cruise ship that we sank in 30 metres of water. Diving on a shipwreck is always an exciting dive. The vessel is now covered in soft corals and anemones. Shrimps and crabs in some of these anemones have produced a number of prize winning photographs.

Jackies Reef: For 35 years the resort has been fish feeding here from coral viewing boats and this has bought about a fish population of great diversity and abundance. Both large and small reef fish, both solo and in huge schools, allow a rare opportunity to see all these fish at one shallow, easy and close dive site.

Vomo Island: We have two separate dive sites here; Ronnies Reef (named after a famous New Zealand diver) never fails to please even the most discerning of scuba divers. Dramatic canyons and gullies along with great fish life, unusual and spectacular coral formations will be found here. The other site, known as Vomo Caves, consists of caverns and swim-throughs with shafting light breaking through crevices in the reef above makes this dive a very memorable experience.

Tui's Reef: An easy dive in 18 metres of water or less on a series of pinnacles close to Beachcomber Island. Often used for night diving where divers frequently observe Crayfish, Clams, Moray Eels and a multitude of other tropical marine life. Stonehenge: This dive site is frequently used by Subsurface for training purposes. It's a series of pinnacles rising to within 5 metres of the surface. This dive is absolutely ideal for training divers because of its shallow depth and the inside arena that these pinnacles create.

Bird Rock: A dramatic sheer wall plunging in excess of 40 metres. This site is known for its swim-throughs and caves, soft corals and plentiful fish action.

The Circus: Superb hard corals adorn these 7 bommies. Acropora, Staghoms, giant plates in a kaleidoscope of colour.

Coral Gardens: A shallow reef dive with a mind-boggling variety of different corals and reef. Pleasure Point & The Crossroads Two new stuning dive sites covered in soft corals with all the colors of the rainbow and an amzing variety of immaculate hard corals

The Pinnacles: This site is made up of three deep water pinnacles with swim- throughs, lots of large roaming fish, like Grey Reef Sharks, Barracuda, while the top is covered in a clown fish garden.

 Sunflower Reef: A shallow coral reef with rainbow soft corals, cabbage corals, moray eels and an incredible abundance of fish life.

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