Frequently Asked Questions
Have you ever dreamed about SCUBA diving Fiji’s amazing soft coral reefs? Maybe you’re planning your big diving holiday and need some information about what the scuba diving in Fiji is really like.
From general information like ocean temperatures and visibility to more specific information about diving with Dive Wananavu Fiji here are some of the more commonly asked questions from our divers. If you have a question that is not covered please feel free to contact us directly with your questions.
Where is Wananavu Resort Located?
- Wananavu Beach Resort is located on the most northern point of the main Fiji island of Viti Levu off the Kings Highway. Transfers from Nadi International Airport to Wananavu take approximately two-and-a-half hours and are included with all week long scuba diving packages. It is a leisurely drive along the coast and through local villages. We’re located on the same island as the main airport our guests do not have to worry about some of the major luggage restrictions the smaller commuter airplanes face transferring to the outer islands
What is the water temperature while SCUBA diving Fiji?
- Water temperature varies from season to season, but not by much. During the Fijian Summer (Nov-March) our water temperatures are the warmest 81-84 F (27-30 C). During our winter (May-Sept) our waters run a bit cooler at 75-79 F (25 C).
What thickness wetsuits do you recommend for Fiji SCUBA diving?
- Most of our divers are comfortable in a 3mm full or short suit year round while others prefer to layer up to a 5mm full suit during our winter. We often have divers dive without a wetsuit and only swim suit during summer.
How many divers will be on the boat?
- Dive Wananavu has two custom built dive boats; the ‘Nami’ which comfortably holds 13 divers (plus crew) and the 'Nami Lailai' which can hold 7 divers plus one divemaster.
How big are your dive groups?
- We believe SCUBA diving is meant to be a small intimate experience which is why we limit our dive groups to 6 SCUBA diving customers per our in-water Divemasters.
How far/long of a boat ride to your dive sites?
- There are three areas in the Bligh Waters we dive that range from just a 20 min boat ride to the close Sailstone Reef up to an hour out to the Vatu-I-Ra Passage.
Is there a minimum number of people needed to go to the Bligh Water?
- First the title of Bligh Water actually covers all the areas Dive Wananavu Fiji dive (Sailstone Reef, Midway Reef and the Vatu-I-Ra Passage). The Vatu-I-Ra Passage is the area people refer to with the title “Bligh Water” or more familiar as “The Passage”. But to answer the question, Yes, we do need a minimum of two (2) people to go to our local sites (20 minutes out) on the Sailstone Reef. The Passage requires a minimum of four (4). So, convince your dive buddies to come with you to dive!
The last time we dove at Wananavu we were told there was a surcharge to dive out at the Vatu-I-Ra passage, is this still the case?
- Our local sites (we have more than sixteen (16)!) are only twenty (20) minutes out. Traveling to “The Passage” is forty five (45) minutes (OR MORE) and due to time and fuel consumption, we do have a FJ$50 surcharge per person when heading out to The Passage. While we try to get out to the The Passage as often as possible, it is VERY weather dependent and therefore, we cannot guarantee being able to get there during your stay.
What is the average visibility at Wananavu?
- Our visibility averages 40-100 ft (12-30m) ft year round some days are better than others and June-Sept averages towards the high visibility.
What size/kind of tanks do you use?
- We use the industry standard Aluminum 80cf (11 L) scuba tanks.
What kind of tank valves do you offer?
- All of our tanks use the US standard Yoke style valves. We do have two DIN-to-Yoke adapters available for rent for FJ$10/day per adapter.
Does Dive Wananavu offer NITROX?
- Yes! We offer on-site nitrox with our membrane nitrox compressor. We fill Nitrox32-34 and pricing is FJ$25/tank or we offer an unlimited nitrox pass which covers five days unlimited nitrox diving for FJ$250.
What is your average dive profile?
- Most of our dive sites allow for multi-level diving and we allow our divers to dive their own profile as long as they stay with their dive guide. While our sites can go very deep, on average, most dive depths are 60-80ft (18-24 meters), you are coming to dive Fiji because we are the Soft Coral Capital of the World!!! That means that the cools stuff you want to see will be 40 foot (12 meter) and above!
Do you limit your dive times?
- Fiji does not have a recompression chamber at this time. Everything we do at Wananavu is to cater to the guest and safety is our top priority. We limit our dives to about an hour and we always to a three minute, 15 foot (4 meter) safety stop. We are very conscious of our surface intervals and we ask you to closely monitor your NDL.
How many dives can I do each day?
- Our boats go out every morning for a 2-tank dive trip. We leave at 8:00am and return at 12:30pm. Because our dive sites are a bit far away, most guests are content to do two dives in the morning, have lunch and then relax the rest of the day. If time allows and we have enough divers interested, we can sometimes do a one or two tank afternoon dive at a local dive site, or make the morning dive into a 3-tank trip, but is weather dependent. Night diving is available as is shore diving – just coordinate that with the dive crew when you are here.