Come and snorkel the sensational soft corals and marine life of Savusavu.

The reefs of Savusavu Bay and the nearby coast offer some wonderful snorkeling.

You can snorkel right outside Daku – very easy and accessible. It’s a small reef with a lot of juvenile fish and some pretty coral – the coral is not as varied and plentiful as on the outer reef, but it still provides a lovely spot for beginners or for anyone just wanting to mooch about in the water!

The real beauty of the reefs is a bit further out. We can take you there in our boat, or send you to the reefs outside the bay (Namena Island, Turtle Alley) with the local dive operators.

Here are some of the places we visit…….

You can visit the Namena Island Marine Reserve. You will board the Namena Divers boat at the dock in Savusavu first thing in the morning; the trip to the island takes approximately 55 minutes. The island is surrounded by a protected reserve; you will be snorkeling over coral beautiful reefs with a wealth of marine life.  The diving at Namena is ranked amongst the world’s best dive sites – and the snorkeling is up there too!

Split Rock is 150 metres off shore; a large coral head, it is named for the distinctive split down one side. At the bottom of the split you can see purple gorgonian fans and pale yellow soft corals. At the entrance to the split a fierce clown fish defends her anemone and the male takes refuge in its fronds. When a female clown fish dies, the male changes sex and becomes female, and the next male moves up the hierarchy. There’s a large school of inquisitive black and white sergeant fish nearby; they will come right up to you and often give your fingers a gentle nip. There is a glorious abundance of orange and purple anthias and golden damsels near the surface; a little deeper, parrotfish can be seen nibbling away at the coral, and a large brown spotted grouper glides shyly away. There are two large clams on the rock, and several small green fern corals. Split Rock is one of the most colourful and enchanting sites of the bay, and is endlessly fascinating.

Golden Nuggets:  Some 700 metres past the point of the peninsula, the twin pinnacles of Golden Nuggets offer anther magnificent display of smaller fish. The first pinnacle has purple and orange anthias, the beautiful iridescent blue sapphire damsels, Moorish idols with their lazy grace, and the bluejewel damsel fish guarding his garden against intruders – human or fish. On the second pinnacle you will see schools of surgeon fish and snapper fish. Quite often a white tipped shark is around, utterly arresting in its fearsome power – but not aggressive to humans and very well fed on the fish life. You will also see magic coral which turns from bluey-brown to white when threatened and is hardly known outside Fiji.

Lighthouse: Further out towards the edge of the bay stands a lighthouse, warning ships and yachts of the edge of the reef. This site is named for the lighthouse, and offers an extraordinary growth of plate corals shimmering in the water. There are also soft spaghetti corals with their tentacles swaying in the currents, and you may see a trumpet fish going by, confusing you with the appearance of a face at its tail. Pale green damsel fish hover around coral growths, darting back into its forest to hide when you first approach but soon relaxing and coming back out. There are also humpbacked wrasse and maori wrasse, and, if you are very lucky, a turtle.

Shark Alley. Best accessed at high tide, this site has a more suggestive name than the reality – sharks are only sometimes sighted. You are dropped off beside the reef wall and swim along the wall, coming across numerous coral heads and, if the tide is right, swimming over canyons within the reef.

Charlie’s Point. This is situated a little further past the end of the peninsula. It is rich in damsel fish, parrot fish, anthias, and wrasse and there are some beautiful corals.

Mutuku. A series of coral heads off the point across the bay – a kaleidoscope of dancing light and colour.

Natilo Island Day Out with Rafa’s Adventure Tours.

Natilo Island is just off Nagigi village: a 30 minute drive down the coast, and then 5 minutes in a boat. It’s a tiny volcanic outcrop, and makes a truly relaxing adventure into Fijian life with excellent snorkelling, a chance to see dolphins, turtles and reef sharks. Rafa and Elayne will take you round the island and across it to see the volcanic rock formations and the bat tree in the centre. You can help make a lovo lunch – or just sit back and let them do it. Snorkeling in the deep channel off the island always yields spectacular sights.



Guides, Equipment and prices

You can either snorkel on your own outside the resort, or take one of our staff along with you as a guide.

And if you go out in our boat, we always send both the boatman and a guide.

We’ll recommend where to go, based on weather and tides.

For equipment: We have masks, snorkels and fins.

The sun is hot even when you’re in the water, so bring along something to protect your the back of your legs and your neck and shoulders. And in the months of June – October when the water is a bit cooler, you might like to bring a lycra body suit or even a short wetsuit if you are liable to feel the cold.