Snorkeling in Natewa Bay

 

      PRICES  -  all listed charges are in $Fijian

 

VATULOA SANDBANK: our premier site for coral diversity, a 20km trip from the launch site.

Boat Charter (in Fiji Dollars): $360 in total, taking up to 6 passengers.

For families with one or two small children, a carer can be provided to stay with them at the Sandbank, leaving parents to explore the coral gardens - please let us know when booking. $35 is charged for this service. 

This includes a  surcharge  paid to the traditional custodians of the area.

 

LEYA REEFS: If weather is poor further out in the Bay, a shorter trip to these nearer reefs, also highly rated, is an option:

Boat Charter (in Fiji Dollars): $240 in total, taking up to 6 passengers.

This includes a surcharge paid to the traditional custodians of the area.

 

Safety, Care of the Reef & Travel times

We are in the process of having this pristine reef protected as a marine reserve with the requirement that no-one stands on, or otherwise damages, any of the corals. We provide a guide with flotation– this allows visitors rest periods without the need to stand on coral outcrops. Wearing a life jacket is always an option, allowing snorkelers, particularly those who are not accomplished swimmers to safely view the amazing array of clearly visible corals and other marine life.

Those who want to free dive to any appreciable depth at Vatuloa, do so at their own risk. It is always best to dive in pairs regardless. Long freediving fins are not suitable in shallow coral reef waters. We have a separate site more suitable for free divers, with corals to 20m – please contact us for more information.

What to bring 

Your own snorkeling gear generally fits best, but if you do not have these we can generally supply masks, snorkels and suitable fins. There is no charge, but we expect guests to pay for any losses or damage.

Please ensure you have wet shoes of most any description, not flip flops: at some stage there will be an easy 20m walk over an occasionally sharp, pebble beach

Coral Safe Sunscreens

These are a strict requirement for reef visitors in increasing numbers of  international destinations. We do not allow use of unsafe lotions, and have a coral friendly,  non-irritating lotion for sale in the boat (https://stream2sea.com/)

Many swimmers wear wet-tops (‘rashies’) and leggings, or have thin wet-suits. Water temperatures are usually between 28-30C (~80F)

Trip Times

Destinations are reached in ~30-45mins depending on weather. Snorkelers spend between about 1½ to 3 hours in the water, so the entire trip usually takes between 3 and 4½ hours.  We provide chilled water and if requested an Esky with ice to keep any of your own food and drinks cool. 

Our boat Malua Feva… 

Is a stable 6.5m aluminium boat, with sun shade and all required safety gear.


CUSTODIANSHIP OF THE CORAL GARDENS

Over fifty percent of coral reefs worldwide have been lost to ocean warming and pollution in just the last few decades, so again: we need to take great care not to damage any of the reef and corals. Thin plate corals can be 4 or more metres across and are very fragile, as are large fluted corals, for example. It is generally best not to touch corals either; some polyps are sensitive to oils on our fingers, and others can sting.

For anyone to visit a reef of this beauty and condition is a privilege, and we need to tread softly on it - we owe this to the traditional owners of the area and to all future generations of local and international visitors.

 

For more information, bookings and Savusavu resort pick up and drop off options

email: dr.jaysfiji@gmail.com

mb: (+679) 508 5630, direct call or via WhatsApp

We can organize return transport, with sufficient notice; prices depend on where guest are staying.

 

Directions from Savusavu:

  • Take the Buca Bay road from Savusavu town , turn right, pass the Airport, and on to Salt Lake Bridge at Vatudamu (a total of 26 kms from town)
  • Continue on the main road for 4.5kms, and turn left at Matakunia Rd. It is the first sign-posted road past Salt Lake Bridge
  • Drive along Matakunia Rd, a gravel road, for ~ 3.5km until the stony creek crossing.  You are there: our departure site is just a few metres past this creek, with safe parking on the right. Parking just before the creek and walking it is always an option.

 

 

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