Namenalala Island Snorkeling
The 19th most popular snorkel dive spot in Fiji.
Thursday 9 March 2017 06:46 GMT
Southwest of Savusavu off Vanua Levu Island, the snorkeling in the Namena Marine Reserve around Namenalala Island is known for excellent biodiversity found amoung the soft corals. The Namena Marine Reserve has giant clams within the surrounding Namena barrier reef. It's also home to many hawksbill turtles and plenty of sea snakes. The snorkeling is truly world class. When snorkeling in the Namena Barrier Reef marine reserve, you'll be treated to over 300 varieties of coral. Located just off the Namenalala Island docks, there are giant clams in a variety of colors. The barrier reef encircles the island protecting it's five beachs; it is possible to snorkel around the island from beach to beach.
To reach the Namenalala 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. From Nadi, there are daily flights to Savusavu (also, there are flights from Suva to Savusavu). The resort on Namenalala Island provides boat shuttle from Savusavu to the island. There is a seaplane service from Nadi to Namenalala Island. The island is only 110 acres.
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, Namenalala Island is the 19th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 22 snorkeling dives in Fiji.