In January I decided to take a week off and head to Fiji. My problem was which resort to choose; There are literally hundreds of resorts in Fiji. The last time I went to Fiji was in 2005 when my son Rob and I headed there mainly for surfing not diving.
I contacted Simon Doughty who heads up the diving for Reef Safari working out of the Inter Continental Hotel. Simon worked for Scuba World for a number years before signing up as General Manager of SSI Australasia.
Simon suggested I head for VoliVoli resort which is at the very northern tip of Fiji’s main island. The diving in the surrounding Bligh waters has some of the world’s best soft corals. Simon took a couple of days off work so he could join me. Maybe he thought I needed a little looking after!
On the day we arrived at the resort we met a group of eight dive shop owners from across America who were there to find out what Fiji could offer their travel customers. They were to be great company for me for the next 7 days.
VoliVoli resort is owned and managed by Steve and Gail Darling, a Kiwi couple who work very hard to ensure all visitors to their resort are well looked after. Their two sons Stevie and Nick are each hands on in the operations. The local staff are all friendly and nothing is too much trouble.
The half day dive trips depart each morning at 8.30AM. The diving is fantastic, with 28 degree water temperature, and 30m+ visibility on every dive.
Thee sites I dived are a mixture of walls, bommies and drift dives, all of which are teaming with life and colour. Sites like Black magic mountain, Mellow yellow and Instant replay will soon be etched in your memory forever!
The Papuan Explorer a popular wreck dive, situated in 20 meters of water, is Fiji ‘s largest and most accessible wreck and is teaming with marine life.
The Ovalau offers an exhilarating 55 meter dive into a roll-on roll-off car ferry which sunk on 23rd August 2003.
And for those seeking a real thrill the ‘Breathtaker’ is a deep reef dive to see an incredible display of large fish, white tip, black tip, whalers and grey reef sharks.
The Americans were planning to run fully escorted trips there.
For more info contact Ian McKinnon (07) 5444 8595.