Northeast of Nadi and Vaileka off the northern shore of Viti Levu, the snorkeling at Nananu-I-Ra Island is known to be very scenic. The island of Nananu-I-Ra Island is 355 hectare in size and has seven distinct beaches.
Nananu-I-Ra Island is located 3km off the northern tip of Viti Levu. To reach the Nananu-I-Ra 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 local bus service from Nadi to Vaileka. Take a taxi from Vaileka to Ellington Wharf. There are outboard boats to Nananu-I-Ra 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, Nananu-I-Ra Island is the 17th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 22 snorkeling dives in Fiji.