Beqa Island lies just 10 kilometres off the south coast of the main island of Viti Levu. The fringing reef around the island and the barrier reef (68 km) around Beqa Lagoon is one of Fiji’s premier diving and snorkelling locations.
A stay on Beqa Island will give you a glimpse into the traditional Melanesian way of life in a natural, unspoiled environment untouched by mass tourism or modern developments. Here you’ll experience a greater sense of true Fijian hospitality, genuine Fijian warmth and local, rural village life.
The legendary Fijian Firewalkers originate from Beqa Island. Only the residents of this island are blessed with the skill of walking across white hot rocks. Legend says that firewalking is an ancient ritual, given by a god only to the Sawau tribe of Beqa. Beqa Island is an ideal option for those wanting to make the most of their diving time in Fiji without taking a domestic flight to the outer islands whilst experiencing Fijian island life.
On average, the temperatures are always high.
Wet Season: December to April
Dry season: May to November
On average, the warmest month is January and the coolest month is July. March is the wettest month and July is the driest.
The closest international airport is in Nadi. Transfers to Beqa are usually included in our packages. The transfer takes about 2hr 50m by road followed by a 30-40 minute boat ride.
Beqa is home to beautiful reefs that support a vast array of marine life, from gorgeous corals to large tiger sharks. Beqa has over 100 dive sites most within a twenty minute boat ride from the resorts. These include two shipwrecks and the world famous Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive. Other critters you’re likely to encounter are Blue Ribbon Eels, Lion fish, Leaf Scorpions and Clown Triggers. The water is clear and warm, visibility is typically between 20-30 metres. The currents are mostly gentle and the diving is suitable for beginner to intermediate divers.
Diving in Beqa Lagoon is conducted year round but the conditions will vary. July to September usually has the best visibility.
As divers descend through the clear waters to a landing between 18m/60 ft and 25m/80 ft, they will see sharks circling below them along with hundreds of jacks, snappers and other fish species swirling around the feeding area. Within this excitement divers are rewarded by rare sightings of the huge queensland grouper and humphead wrasse. Divers are not in a cage, but situated on the reef around the perimeter of the dive site . Once settled in, the feed begins. Tawny Nurse sharks are abundant and not shy as they crowd around the feeders. Lemon Sharks attend in ones or twos. Silver tips dart in and out from the blue. The main attraction, the huge Bull Sharks and Tiger Sharks. They purposefully move in opening their enormous jaws to take the food from the feeder in direct view of the diving guests.
The true beauty of Fiji and her nature can only be really appreciated by exploring further into her forests. Footpaths and trails across the land have been the connections between the villages of Beqa Island for hundred of years. The trails are safe and easy to walk alone or you may wish to join a guided tour with one of our activity directors.
Fijian culture and traditions passed down through the generations are very much alive and practiсed today. Watch stories of old, told through dance and song or witness the ancient practise of walking on fire. Learn how to weave coconut leaves or cook a traditional Fijian dish.
Frigates Pass, also known as the Fiji Pipeline, is a perfect world-class left hand break and suggested for experienced surfers only. Located slightly offshore on the south west of Beqa Lagoon barrier reef, Frigates provides surfers with one of the most consistent surf breaks in Fiji. There is no over-crowding on these fast wall rides, or beautiful top to bottom tubes, which lie just a short boat ride from Beqa Lagoon Resort, because Frigate is fairly unknown. Surfers will need to supply their own surfboard and a repair kit is also suggested to bring along.
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