Off the south shore of Viti Levu, the snorkeling off Yanuca Island is known for its exception shore accessed dive sites with scenic coral reef formations.
Yanuca Island is located south of the town of Pacific Harbor on Viti Levu. To reach the Yanuca 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.
Note: if you are staying at one of the resorts on Yanuca Island, make sure you try the short walking trail into the single island village.
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, Yanuca Island is the 16th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 22 snorkeling dives in Fiji.