The South Pacific is the perfect place to get up close and personal with what lies below the surface, the clear warm water makes it ideal to immerse yourself in animal encounters of the marine variety. With a plethora of deep channels, sunken ships, placid lagoons and bustling coral reef, there are options for everyone from the water baby to the most novice snorkeller.
Fiji is home to a large number of amazing snorkelling spots, but a lot of people don’t realise you don’t have to stay on the outer islands to have an underwater adventure. Beqa Lagoon is only a short boat ride from Pacific Harbour on the main island of Viti Levu. With its clear water, visibility can reach 30 metres; you can get up close to smaller marine life around coral bommies, but also see far enough to catch a glimpse of passing pelagic fish such as manta rays, dolphins and sometimes even whales.
Situated on the mainland of Efate, rustic Pele Island is home to stunning white sand and pristine turquoise water, which is a protected marine reserve. The thriving reef is home to an array of colourful coral and aquatic life; the water is warm and very calm – perfect for a novice snorkeller!
Located on the mainland of Rarotonga, between The Little Polynesian Resort & Charlie’s Café you will find Titikaveka Beach - the perfect spot to see a multitude of fish in a sheltered lagoon. You can wade straight in off the beach and go as far out as you wish, knowing you are safely protected inside the reef. The best part is that you can often have the whole place to yourself!
Arguably the cleanest waters on earth, the ocean surrounding Lord Howe Island is a protected marine park with almost 600 fish & coral species to discover. The water is crystal clear and absolutely teeming with wildlife. The beach itself has an equipment hire hut, which runs on an honesty system, so you can arrive with nothing and leave with amazing memories of this underwater paradise.
Located in the Marovo Lagoon, a short boat ride from Seghe Airport in New Georgia, Solomon Islands you will find Uepi Island Resort. A water lover’s paradise - you can snorkel directly off the welcome jetty and see schools of tropical fish, coral gardens, sponges, octopus, rays and even sharks! There are also plenty of amazing other sites close by – which are perfect for the more confident and adventurous traveller.
Located in infamous perfect Bora Bora, the gorgeous Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island has snorkelling right off your overwater bungalow, which is an amazing experience in itself and a great chance for the newer snorkeler to get confidence. However the best spot is a stunning coral garden close by – appropriately referred to as “the aquarium”! The water in French Polynesia is the kind of blue that you see on a postcard and the vibrant coral and marine life makes for a stunning contrast. Perfect for the adventurous traveller who appreciated the finer things is life.
The Natural Aquarium or Piscine Naturelle is located walking distance from Le Méridien Isle of Pines and is bustling with schools of tropical fish, crystal clear water and a safe ‘pool’ of water. This gorgeous spot is perfect for novices, families or those looking for a relaxing underwater experience. Go at high tide for the best experience.
Tip: Keen to try other snorkelling spots? Go to Kanumera Bay near the Sacred Rock or Oro Bay – but make sure you go on a day when there is not a cruise ship due, as it’s really busy.
These are only a tiny portion of the many different snorkelling locations throughout the South Pacific. If you would like more information about any of these destinations, please get in touch with our team of specialist travel consultants on 1800 800 722.comments powered by Disqus