Beqa Island Fiji
One of the best known diving destinations in Fiji and once christened "The Mecca of Pacific Diving", Beqa Island (pronounced "Benga") lies just 13 kilometres south of the southern coast of Viti Levu and to the north of Kadavu. The area was famed for its incredibly varied sites which were home to some great bommies and rocky pinnacles as well as some of the best pelagic fish encounters in Fiji.
Nowadays, after El Niño struck at the tail end of the 20th century, the coral reefs are some distance from their former glory but still represent some of the better diving to be had around Viti Levu. There are a number of pretty good sites around Beqa Lagoon and, although there may not be too much in the way of schools of fish or pelagics, there is a good variety of reef life. For less experienced divers or for those who do not wish to take a domestic flight to the outer islands of Fiji, scuba diving at Beqa could be right for you.
The lagoon consists of over one hundred square miles of clear water surrounded by the protective arms of some thirty solid kilometres of barrier reef. This makes it one of the world's largest barrier reefs. Given this geographical feature you'll experience only gentle currents when diving in Beqa Lagoon, and the water stays around 26°C for most of the year.
Fiji lies in the South West Pacific. There are six island groups in all with over 300 islands. Viti Levu is the largest island being about 10,000 sq. km in size with almost three quarters of the countries 800,000 population. Viti Levu is volcanic in appearance with a high central plateau and mountain peaks over 1000 metres.
Nationals of USA, Canada, EEC countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan plus others are granted a 4-month visa on arrival with a valid passport and onward airline ticket . An extension of 2-months is allowed on application and providing financila stability Other Nationals should check with their nearest Fiji Embassy to obtain a visa before arrival.
Currency is the local F$ and electricity is 240v. English is widely spoken along with local dialects and a form of Hindustani. Fiji is 12 hours ahead of GMT and a massive 20 hours behind New Zealand. International dialling code is (679). Internet connections are available at most resorts and towns and charge between F$160 and F$5 an hour. By far the cheapest access is in Nadi Town.
The climate in Fiji is pleasant all year round. From Dec-Apr it is slightly hotter and more humid. The winter months from Jun-Oct are usually quite dry. Average temperatures are 29/23c in Jan to 25/18c in July.