Qamea Island Snorkeling
The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Fiji.
Sunday 19 March 2017 06:38 GMT
Northeast of Viti Levu and east of Vanua Levu, the reefs surrounding Qamea Island offer excellent snorkeling dive opportunties. During Qamea Island snorkeling, you may encounter a random white-tipped reef shark along with parrotfish, zebra fish and electric blue fish. One of the more popular snorkeling dive sites is known locally as the Cabbage Patch for its lime green cabbage shaped coral. Another popular snorkeling site off Qamea is Magic Mystery.
Qamea Island is located 3km northeast off Taveuni Island.
To reach the Qamea Island snorkeling, you'll need to fly into the only international airport in Fiji, Nadi International Airport (NAN), which is served by Fiji Airways, Qantas, and Air New Zealand. Many of the flights arrive very late at night, so plan accordingly. When arriving in Fiji from the US, keep in mind that most flights arrive very early in the morning and Fiji is just across the international date line, so you’ll effectively land two days after departing the US. Next, use the daily domestic airline flight into Matei on the north end of Taveuni Island. There is boat service from Taveuni Island to Qamea Island.
TIP: The Fijian cyclone/typhoon rainy season starts in November and ends in late March. There have been periodic cyclones that have caused damage to both the reefs and to the resorts, including those in 2012 and 2016. It may be worth contacting a local dive shop or resort about cyclone impacts before booking. The best Fiji snorkeling is typically from May through October during the dry winter season, but be aware that the water becomes cooler as the winter season progresses.
Overall, Qamea Island is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 22 snorkeling dives in Fiji.