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The North

Savusavu, Taveuni and Labasa

The north is the common name for the islands of Vanua Levu, Namenalala, Taveuni, Qamea, Laucala, Kioa, Rabi and a series of smaller islets and islands. For reference purposes, the North has two distinct tourist/dive areas: Savusavu and Taveuni.

Savusavu is located on the shore of a magnificent harbour on Fiji's second largest island of Vanua Levu, the township of Savusavu is the focal point of several resorts and outstanding diving. The Cousteau Society's Ocean search Project has used Savusavu for the past four years offering a testimonial to its diving and attraction as a destination. This area includes the island of Namenalala within the great Namena reef surrounded by pristine waters. Savusavu is only a brief but scenic flight from either Nadi or Suva showing a multitude of coral reefs with their wonderful pastel colour-shades of aqua greens, turquoise and the dark blue of the deep sea. There is much to see on the ground: an old gold mine, treks and trails through virgin forest beside streams with cascades and waterfall, horse riding, visits to villages and road tours

Most of the reefs of this area have never seen a diver and probably never will. The area is too vast and offers too much. Operators can only select dive sites which have the full spectrum of Fiji's best and concentrate on there. The nearby reefs of Savusavu and Namenalala have superb diving with a great choice of sites offering an underwater wonderland which has made Fiji famous: walls, caves, overhangs soft and hard corals, reef fish and pelagic fish - this has it all. The diving is less demanding in Savusavu Bay but becomes dramatic on the outer side of the barrier reef which sweeps up the coast to Somosomo Strait dividing Vanua Levu and Taveuni. it is also spectacular on the Namena Reef, which like the Savusavu barrier reef, stretches more then 30 miles between the ocean and the lagoon


Known as the "Garden Isle" of Fiji, Taveuni is the result of a gigantic volcanic eruption which has left the soil immensely fertile. The peak of the volcano, Mt. Uluqalau, is a majestic 1300 metres (more than 400 feet) above the sea and the ridges and spurs march down the sea covered in a magnificent rain forest which gives way on the lower slopes and the coastal fringe to coconut plantation except for a stretch on the south eastern side where cliff faces plunge into the ocean. The island is host to most of Fiji's native bird species and to the unique Tagimaucia flower. Taveuni is Fiji's third largest island, separated by a narrow strait from Vanua Levu, but enclosing within its reef the islands of Kioa and Rabi and within easy reach are the Ringold Isles, the Heemkerq Reef complex and the atolls of Qelelevu, Walagilala and Duff Reef. The northern Lau Islands include Kaimbu which is Fiji's most exclusive resort, featuring only three bures, each with access onto its own white sand beach

Deserving of every accolade. This is definitely connoisseur country offering experience which have earned revues from the most jaded divers. Taveuni features rainbow reef and the Great White Wall in the heart of Somosomo Strait, only minutes by the boat from the mainland. A few miles further north, Matagi and Qamea Islands have a different but equally impressive portfolio of dive sites while many more wait to be discovered. There are so many islands and reefs that even pioneers like Rick Cammick who "discovered" the Great White and Rainbow Reefs, or the Douglas family of Matagi Island who have dived the area for 40 years, have not seen more than .001 per cent of what the area offers. A live aboard dive vessel at Matagi will allow a much wider exploration. Kaimbu Island is located in splendid isolation from nearby land masses enjoying superb water clarity and a variety of diving which includes walls plugging to unbelievable depths, vibrant soft corals, gogonia, hard coral and profuse marine life.

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