Scuba Diving in the Fiji Islands
Scuba Dive on the Astrolabe Reef
As the only certified PADI Diving Resort on Ono Island, we offer a professional, safe and relaxed scuba diving in Fiji experience. We have intimate and comprehensive knowledge of the Great Astrolabe Reef so always know the best sites for the daily weather conditions. Given the small size of the Resort and the large size of the dive boat, diving and snorkeling group sizes are always relaxed and comfortable. Most of our dive sites can be snorkeled giving options for the diver and non-diver alike. The Reef offers amazing drift dives in big open passages such as Naiqoro to the south east of Ono Island, to turquoise swim throughs at Alacrity Rocks. Any depth and any experience level will enjoy and respect the Reef and its inhabitants. You will see the Reef come alive with the most extraordinary and beautiful array of tropical South Pacific Ocean life. Nudibranch, Shark, Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, Dolphin, Whale, Turtle, Hump Head Wrasse just to name a few.
The Resort has access to special sites inside the lagoon that are environmentally managed marine reserves and manta ray cleaning stations which are protected by various village families.
Scuba Diving for All Ages and Skill Levels
Our experienced and professional dive masters ensure that, regardless of your experience, we cater to your individual skill and comfort level. From basic snorkeling to challenging exploratory reef dives, we make sure your scuba diving in Fiji experience is as safe and enjoyable as it is unforgettable. We create daily dive plans tailored to the requirements of our diving and snorkeling guests that factor in your experience level, the tides, the water conditions and the weather.
Safe and spectacular diving is our goal!
Proximity is Everything
The Great Astrolabe Reef surrounds the southern, eastern, and northern tip of the Kadavu Group. Ono Island has premier access to the best locations on the Reef. A 30 minute boat ride in any direction will have you at some of the very best scuba diving in Fiji and snorkeling locations. We believe you should spend more time in the water than driving to and from the dive sites. Check out this link to see our unique position. Zoom in the see the House Reef and zoom out see how much of the reef we have easy access to. Other resorts on Kadavu Island only have a semi-circle of access to locations given the length of Kadavu Island.
All of our dive and snorkel sites are within an easy 30 minute boat ride of the Resort.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Fiji
When you participate in our PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Fiji program, you discover the majestic beauty of the Astrolabe Reef. Take advantage of your precious time here by getting in the water! People come from all over the world to scuba dive on the Astrolabe Reef. Don’t be discouraged if you are not certified. You will learn basic diving knowledge and then it’s into the shallow lagoon directly in front of the Resort for a few basic skills with the dive equipment. In the afternoon, you are off to dive with your PADI Instructor. Upon completion this program, you can schedule more dive as long as your are with our PADI Instructor and stay above 40 feet in depth.
Your Discover Scuba Diving program includes an actual scuba dive in open water, and your experience may count toward PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification, if you decide to go for it.
To take Discover Scuba Diving, you must be at least 10 years old. (Always Available)
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course
Our PADI Open Water scuba diving course in the Fiji Islands is a popular activity for all groups and it also the world’s most popular scuba course. In just a minimum amount of sessions, you can get a scuba diving certificate that lasts a lifetime.
The course consists of three phases:
- Knowledge Development (online, home study before coming to the Resort ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws). (When Instructors are Available Only)
PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Course
Welcome to the second chapter in your scuba diving career! This course is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your our PADI Instructors. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.
Our adventure dives include:
- Peak performance buoyancy
- Underwater Navigation
- Deep Diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
- Night Diving
- Boat Diving
Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification) and at least 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver) (When Instructors are Available Only)
PADI Scuba Diving Specialty Courses
Our PADI Instructors (when available) are more than happy to continue your dive training with Specialty Courses – just ask them want you are interested in while at the resort!
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Underwater Navigation
- Deep Diver
- Drift Diving
- Search and Recovery
- Night Diving
(When Instructors are Available Only)
Scuba Diving Boats
We use two commercial quality scuba diving boats every single day.
- Alacrity: Special purpose dive boat (8.5m – 225hp),
- Matavura: Mixed purpose dive and fishing boat (7.5m – 150hp)