Fiji: Soft Coral Capital of the World

Volivoli, Fiji

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Feb 15 - 22, 2020
Group size: 5 - 22
Fiji: Soft Coral Capital of the World
Volivoli, Fiji

Blue Planet Scuba
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$2720
Deposit: $500
Feb 15 - 22, 2020
Group size: 5 - 22

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in beautiful Fiji. We're headed to the Suncoast, close to The Vatu-I-Ra Passage—now a marine protected area famous for its abundance and diversity of marine life—which is arguably the best diving in the country. Come dive, relax, explore and enjoy the paradise that is Fiji. Interested in extending your trip? Join us for a visit to New Zealand! 

Fiji

The Fiji Islands are an archipelago of over 330 islands, many of which are uninhabited. They lie at the crossroads of the South Pacific and have a unique blend of various cultures. However despite outside influences, many traditions have remained intact and today’s visitor can observe time-honored traditions, experience well-preserved cultures and share in past legends as they are retold around the kava bowl.


A nature lover's delight, Fiji is renowned for its unspoiled beauty and tranquility. White sand beaches, crystal clear water, lush forests and more are waiting to be explored. Below the surface, the strong currents of the outer reefs bring nutrient rich waters from thousands of miles around, and in turn, lure in some of the most diverse life in the ocean, everything from macro critters to pelagics. 

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Appropriate for new and experienced divers. Some dives will be deep drift dives in open ocean with strong currents. Advanced Open Water Diver and Enriched Air/Nitrox recommended (both can be completed on the trip).


With more than 390 coral species, around 1200 fish species and five of the world's seven marine turtle species, Fiji is an underwater naturalist’s dream. You can expect to see the healthiest soft coral in the world and some extremely rare macro creatures—like the ornate ghost pipefish, orangutan crabs, frogfish, nudibranch, seahorses, schools of barracuda, trevally, giant groupers — and in all likelihood, turtles, moray eels, grey, black and white tip reef sharks and the occasional tiger shark. 


The Vatu-I-Ra Passage sites are a mixture of walls, bommies and drift dives, all of which are teeming with life and color. Sites like Black Magic Mountain, Mellow Yellow and Instant Replay will soon be etched in your memory forever! For those seeking a real thrill, Breathtaker is a deep reef dive to see an incredible display of large fish, white tip, black tip, whalers and grey reef sharks.


In addition to the 12 scheduled boat dives, you have access to unlimited shore diving on the resort's two house reefs.

Other Activities

There's plenty to keep you busy when you're NOT diving. Bask in the sunshine around the oceanfront swimming pool, lounge in a hammock by the beach, try your hand at kitesurfing, kayaking or SUP or venture off on a tour. With visits to the local village, the historic Rakiraki district, caves and waterfalls and even a cooking class, you can fully experience Fijian culture and history.

Volivoli

We'll be staying at Volivoli Beach Resort — the premium, boutique, four-star, vacation destination on Fiji’s Suncoast. Secluded and remote enough to forget the bustle of city life, but close enough to Rakiraki town should you want to do some shopping and exploring, Volivoli has everything you need while still remaining rural and luxuriously untouched. 


Spread out over many acres on its own peninsula, 32 ocean view rooms are found along garden paths that wind through brightly-colored hibiscus, fragrant frangipani and flowering bird of paradise. Dine on inspired local cuisine in the two on-site restaurants, enjoy a cocktail at one of the three bars and regenerate in the restorative spa.

Travel

You should plan to fly into Nadi (NAN) on Saturday, February 15 (that means a Thursday departure from the East Coast through SFO or LAX). Once we arrive in Nadi, we'll transfer via shuttle 2.5 hours to the northern part of the island. We'll return to Nadi to fly home or to your next destination on Saturday, February 22. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Double occupancy in an Ocean View room or villa
  • 12 boat dives
    3 days of 2-tank boat dives + 2 days of 3-tank boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
    On the resort's 2 house reefs
  • All meals
    3 meals daily with juice, coffee and tea
  • Bonus goodies
    Welcome drink, Foot soak ritual and rub, Beach BBQ, Traditional Meke performance and more
  • Airport transfers
    Roundtrip transfers to the Nadi airport
  • Transit pass
    To the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre upon arrival at Nadi airport
  • Taxes, etc.
    Resort & government taxes
  • Flights
    international flights to Fiji
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Nitrox
    $100 USD for the week
  • Tips
    Tips for the resort and dive shop's excellent crew
  • Other beverages
    Beverages other than tea, coffee, and rain water
  • Wifi
    $100 FJD unlimited for 2 devices

Available Packages

Deluxe Ocean View, Double Occupancy
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Ideal for friends traveling together, the Deluxe Ocean View Rooms are beautifully finished in sustainable hard-woods and feature two queen size beds, a writing desk, deck chairs, 2 large ceiling fans, air conditioning, large ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities and Volivoli’s famous Ocean views. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$2720
Deposit: $500
Premium Ocean View, Double Occupancy
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Ideal for couples, the Premium Ocean View Villas feature uninterrupted ocean views, a plush queen-sized bed, a large couch that converts into two sofa beds, an ensuite bathroom with a rainforest-style shower, a large balcony and in-suite laundry. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$2850
Deposit: $500
Luxury Ocean Front Villa, Quad Occupancy
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The Luxury Oceanfront Villa is perfect for families or groups of friends. These rooms are suitable for four adults and contain two king size beds in separate areas that split into twins with two bathrooms. Enjoy a private terrace with your own swimming pool, outdoor shower plus all the other amenities.


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$2740
Deposit: $500

Available options

Enriched Air/Nitrox for the week
$100
$2720
Deposit: $500

Deluxe Ocean View, Double Occupancy

Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Fiji

Arrive at the NAN airport. Get in early? Check in to the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre. Then we drive 2.5 hours to Volivoli. Check in at the resort and dive shop, enjoy a welcome drink and Foot soak ritual and rub and settle in to your ocean view villa. 

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Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

We all enjoyed the trip. The dive crew was very well organized and great to dive with. The hotel that we stayed at was privately owned. The owners we very nice and responsive to needs. I Had never traveled with Blue Planet before. I found the group to be made up of great people. Very respectful of the differing skill level of the group. Their enjoyment of the dives as well as their respect for the environment was obvious. I plan to travel more with them in the future. Really relaxing week.
Had a great time with the crew from Blue Planet. Marin is the best! While the Hilton hotel (Resort,what a crock)was in a great location, the price they charged for breakfast is outrageous! 23 bucks what a rip off! Really ticked me off!!! Majority of the dive shop personal were very helpful,professional. Capt Scott a true professional in his briefings and handling the boat! Didn’t like how one dive guide was inattentive and basically lost the group, claiming we were “ ahead of her” . Overall Marin and the rest of the folks from Blue Planet made me feel right at home,
This was our first trip with Blue Planet, and we made a decision to join them any time we plan a dive trip. Everything was planned the best possible way and everyone was included the whole time. Both Josh and Michael are just amazing!!! We had the best dive experience !!! Thank you!
Another amazing trip with Blue Planet! Thanks so much to Marin for being an awesome trip leader. Can’t wait to go on our next adventure with Blue Planet!
Comfortable accommodations. Responsive staff and an excellent scuba operation.
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