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Scuba diving has become a major activity in Fiji, thanks to the reefs encircling some of the islands. Divers are drawn to the destination's shallow, translucent lagoons, steep drop-offs and world famous soft corals. Combined with warm waters and 130-foot (40m) visibility, these sites make Fiji an underwater paradise.

Some of the best dive sites are in Yasawas, Mamanucas, Nadi and the Coral Coast. Kadavu, Vanua Levu, Tavanui and the Lau group of islands also offer some interesting options. The vast number of sites ensures divers will see a great selection of marine life, caves, corals and reefs, and that they'll come back to Fiji for more, as the different dives can easily fill more than one holiday.

Conditions vary greatly in Fiji, so that while some places are tranquil and great for learning, most sites will enjoy some current, ranging from barely perceptible to very strong. These currents bring the nutrients that drive the ocean's ecosystem, though, and make diving in the Fiji Islands incredible.

PADI courses available from dive operators and, whether an experienced or novice diver, Fiji is definitely a destination to put on any diver's list of places to visit.