Fiji is famous for its rainbow varieties of coral, many of which can be seen by snorkeling over shallow reefs close to shore. Many protected bays on the resort islands have shallow coral reefs with large varieties of small fish. However, the best snorkeling areas require a boat to venture out to the reefs beyond the beach.
Snorkeling between dives is always very special. Many dive operators make it possible for snorkelers with come along. For the non-diver, specialized snorkel trips can also be arranged to suitable areas. For example, Maravu Plantation Resort on Taveuni offers a full day trip to beautiful Korolevu Island. This is an excellent spot to experience the best in snorkeling close to the famous Somosomo Strait. The cost is only $30 USD. which includes lunch.
Even dive sites that are deep walls can offer excellent snorkeling opportunities at the top of the reef. Unless there are high waves or surge, these areas offer some of the best snorkeling to be found. There are countless opportunities to snorkel the best from live-aboards in the Vatu-i-ra Channel and along the Namena Barrier Reef.
Although the diversity of coral and marine life close to shore may not be as extensive as from outer reefs, it can still be a rewarding experience. Cousteau Fiji Island Resort, Rainbow Reef and Matangi are areas with good close in snorkeling.
On the small island of Nananu-i-Ra, just off the Wananavu Resort, white sand beaches are fringed with soft corals populated by numerous juvenile reef fish making this an excellent location to snorkel. Although we snorkeled almost every day, there never seemed enough time to discover the best Fiji areas.