Natadola Beach Snorkeling
The 13th most popular snorkel dive spot in Fiji.
Thursday 9 March 2017 06:46 GMT
South of Nadi, the snorkeling at Natadola Beach is known as the best on the southern Coral Coast of Viti Levu. Much of the coral off Natadola Beach was killed by large wave events over the past two decades, and many of the sandy beaches have been washed away. For the best snorkeling experience at Natadola Beach, enter the water near high tide. While snorkeling off Natadola Beach, watch out for the currents, under tow and rogue waves.
With the poor quality of the Coral Coast dive sites, most of the south shore tourists usually just take a boat trip to either nearby Robinson Crusoe Island or to Beqa Island to snorkeling in the lagoon.
To reach the Natadola Beach 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. Natadola Beach is located south of Nadi on the southwest side of Viti Levu.
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, Natadola Beach is the 13th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 22 snorkeling dives in Fiji. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Natadola Beach including Vatulele Island, Bligh Water, Moon Reef, Beqa Lagoon Reef, Likuri Island and Yanuca Island.