Dive the Rainbow Reef, Fiji

The Rainbow Reef, Fiji Islands, discovered by Jacques Cousteau and now known as the soft coral capital of the world, starts from just ten minutes from The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands. Slip into turquoise waters and explore the Great White Wall, Cabbage Patch, Fish Factory, and around twenty other dive sites with professional, PADI-qualified instructors and dive masters.

Fiji Diving at its best

The Remote Resort offers diving on the Rainbow Reef with our partners at Taveuni Ocean Sports and Dive Academy Fiji for divers of all levels of experience and expertise. There are a variety of deep wall drop offs and shallow drift dives in the area, meaning there is something here for everyone.  For bookings please email the operators directly, you can see additional information below or on their websites.



The Rainbow Reef, Fiji is a snorkelers and divers paradise

Taveuni Ocean Sports

Taveuni Ocean Sports dive shop is based on Taveuni Island and for the convenience of The Remote Resort guests we offer boat transfers directly to their dive boats on the Rainbow Reef for USD$50 per person, per day (return trip). Taveuni Ocean Sports have three custom-built aluminium dive boats (Ika Lai Lai, 8.5 metres and Upwelling, 9.5 metres) which could each carry ten divers, but carries no more than six divers for guest comfort and safety and one 12 meter dive boat, Super Fish, which can carry up to twelve divers plus crew.

Taveuni Ocean Sports has a maximum of four divers per instructor. The group size of four is only if divers are of similar experience level, otherwise the ratio is reduced even more to give divers the best experience possible.  Led by Owner, Julie Kelly, Taveuni Ocean Sports crew know every species of fish found on the Rainbow Reef.  During lunch between the dives, the crew gives a very interesting lecture about fish behaviour, inverts and corals of the Rainbow Reef. 

Taveuni Ocean Sports will take credit card payment on the dive boat after your last day of diving and the return boat transfers to the dive boat will be placed on your folio at The Remote Resort (USD$50 per person, per day for return transfers).

The regular schedule for divers booked with Taveuni Ocean Sports is to depart The Remote Resort jetty between 8am and 8.30am to meet the dive boat directly on the reef.  If you are renting gear this will already be loaded onto the Taveuni Ocean Sports dive boat for you.  Following your diving, The Remote Resort boat will return to pick you up and return to the resort in time for lunch (approximately 12.30 - 1pm).  

Email: dive@taveunioceansports.com

Phone: +679 867 7513

Sorry no nitrox is available


Dive Academy Fiji is a boutique dive operator based in Viani Bay on Vanua Levu, with the shortest distance to the Rainbow Reef. They pick up and drop The Remote Resort guests directly from the resort jetty for a fee of 100 FJD per group. 

Dive Academy Fiji take a maximum of four dive guests on their 23-foot fiberglass boat. Diving is organised flexibly according to tide schedules, experience and bucket list, making the White Wall possible to dive on almost every day. Experienced and novice divers alike get a unique experience as up to two divemasters/instructors are provided. The boat comes back to Viani Bay during surface breaks, where the divers review and log their dives. Freshly brewed coffee, home-made tea, cake, seasonal fruits and water are included. Shower and toilet facilities are free of charge. 

Top-notch equipment can be rented with weight integrated BCDs, 5mm wetsuits and dive computers. They also offer courses from Discover Scuba Diving up to PADI Assistant Instructor, freediving courses and a broad range of dive specialties.

Dive Academy Fiji is run by owner-operators Marina and Jone. A portion of every booked dive and course goes into their scholarship program for the dive education of locals. They speak English, German, French and Fijian.

Email: info@diveacademyfiji.com

Web: http://www.diveacademyfiji.com 

Phone: +679 725 8184 or +675 725 8167

Sorry no nitrox is available. 




We highly recommend booking your diving in advance to ensure space is reserved for you on the dive boats to avoid disappointment.  The dive operators also welcome last-minute requests for diving up to 4pm the day prior (subject to availability on the dive boats at that stage).  

To request a dive booking simply email your chosen operator with the following information:

  • Type of diving requested - 2-tank dive or Discover Scuba/Refresher

  • Your preferred dive day(s)

  • Height

  • Weight

  • Shoe Size

  • If you’re already a certified diver:

    • Dive qualification level (you may even like to email your card to the dive groups so you don’t need to remember to bring it with you)

    • Total number of dives you've completed

    • Approximately the last time you went diving (recency)

Please note the cancellation policy of your dive bookings closely as these are strictly enforced by the dive operators due to limited space.

Please also note that Taveuni is a very isolated island with no recompression chamber; therefore we strongly advise divers to purchase their own dive accident insurance policy prior to their trip through Divers Alert Network. The link to their website is http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/



There are two options for diving the spectacular Rainbow Reef with or without becoming a certified diver.  The first is called a Discover Scuba (no certification) and the second is called an Open Water Dive Course (certification).  

DISCOVER SCUBA (4-5 hours)

A Discover Scuba is an introduction to Scuba Diving and includes one dive.  A Discover Scuba takes about 4-5 hours and after finishing this, if you wanted to do further diving, you can do this with the same dive group (up to a maximum depth of 12 metres) without getting certified.  If you then went somewhere else to go diving another trip, you would need to complete another Discover Scuba for that dive group to be comfortable in your skills, etc before diving again and you will always be limited to the depth of 12 metres without a certification.  That said, many dive sites on the Rainbow Reef are fully enjoyed without going deeper than 12 metres so you would not need to worry that you would be missing out on seeing the beauty of the reef.


If you think you’d like to learn how to dive and continue diving in the future we recommend considering becoming a certified PADI Open Water Diver.  This involves three steps - Theory, Confined Water Sessions and Open Water Sessions.  The first two steps need to be completed before you arrive in Fiji.  


The theory component of the PADI Open Water Dive course is an e-learning course that you can complete online before you arrive - this is the link to do this online with Taveuni Ocean Sports https://www.padi.com/padi/elearning/default.aspx?irra=21948.  Once you’re done the e-learning online course then you would simply print out the completed e-Learning certificates and take them with you to your local dive centre, and they will be able to then move ahead with you and complete your 5 confined water (or pool) sessions.


You can do the PADI Confined Water Sessions with a PADI shop near you before you arrive (this will mean you only need to dedicate two half days to the completion of your course once you’re in Fiji).  At many places you may be able to complete the confined water sessions in one weekend. Once you complete these sessions they will give you an Open Water Training Record / Referral Form – which you would then email this to either Taveuni Ocean Sports or Dive Academy Fiji, along with your PADI e-Learning completion certificates, and all you would need to do then is complete your 4 PADI Open Water Dives  in Fiji to complete your certification


Why is the Rainbow Reef called the Soft Coral Capital of the World?

The Rainbow Reef lies in the Somosomo Strait (the passage that runs between Vanua Levu (Fiji's second largest island) and Taveuni Island (Fiji's third largest island).  In Fijian Somosomo Strait means "good water" and it is called this because the strait has strong tidal currents, providing a good supply of nutrients, just the right ingredients for healthy and diverse soft coral and abundant fish. There are over twenty-five sites in and around Fiji's Rainbow Reef, starting from just a ten minute boat ride from the Resort.  

Sensory overload may be the best description for diving on the Rainbow Reef. The diving is phenomenal, mostly because of our currents. About 98% of our diving is drift diving and we have advanced and challenging conditions. Expect lots and lots of current while you are here. The Somo Somo Straits acts as a giant funnel which delivers huge amounts of plankton and upwelling to the reef, jumpstarting the entire food chain. Each site is very tide-specific since the tide is what determines current direction and strength. We choose dive sites each day based upon exactly what the current and tide cycle is doing and the skill level of our divers on board. Especially for multiple days of diving, you will see a nice array of sites as well as a great combination of soft and hard corals and big and small animals
— Julie Kelly, Owner, Taveuni Ocean Sports


Great White Wall Diving

One of the most famous Fiji dive sites is the Great White Wall, consistently rated as one of the best dive sites in the world.  As the name suggests, the treasure is a blanketed wall of luminescent white corals, both hard and soft. The Great White Wall is considered at its absolute best on only certain dates of the month so please check availability of dates for this dive in advance.  This dive starts at a depth of 20 meters so is not suitable for uncertified divers. Turtles, reef sharks, manta rays and barracuda can often be seen on this dive.

Fiji's Great White Wall - Rainbow Reef Diving