Now you can join the masses at Denarau or you can follow our lead and experience the real Fiji.

For us there are two significant options: firstly you simply cannot come to Fiji and not experience one of the world's best shark dives with Beqa Adventure Divers. Not qualified? No problem, we will send you to our other favourite spot first where you can learn to dive beneath the circling Manta Rays.

Culture

The Fijians are some of the friendliest people in the Pacific and at places like the Yasawas, you can take time to get to know them at the local villages.

Fishing

So fishing out of Manta Ray Island is pretty special. The dogtooth are so big we didn’t boat a single fish on our last trip and the GT that we did land was well over 40 kgs. On top of that there are Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel and Mahi Mahi. But it is the poppa fishing for giant GTs that will blow your mind. We're headed back in 2017, you should join us.

Diving

Manta Ray Island has it all. Not only do they have one the best dive training operations if Fiji, they spectacular dives including wrecks and of course there are the Manta Rays. Then you just have to dive back on the mainland with Beqa Adventure Divers and one of the best shark dives on the planet. We are talking dozens of huge 200kg Bull Sharks along with Grey Reef Sharks, White tips and Black tips. This is bucket list material and I cannot fault this impressive operation both from a safety point of view but also what they do for the sharks and the locals.

Where to stay

In Pacific Harbour there are two options we use, the Pearl is a brand new upmarket hotel and down the road is a younger market option -Uprising Beach Resort. Both are superb. Then it is north to the Yasawas and the impressive Manta Ray Island Resort. There is accommodation from backpacker level through to beautifully appointed fales beachfront.

Must do

Manta Ray Swim - one of the only places in the world to do this.

Sea Plane - great way to get to the Yasawas Visit a local village - Get a real taste for the culture.

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