Fiji is known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”. A network of brilliant coral reefs surrounds our 333 islands and atolls. With around 1,000 species of fishes and several hundred types of coral and sponges, Fiji offers a unique diving experience. With over 4,000 square miles of coral reef, Fiji offer divers unparalleled marine biodiversity.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
GETTING TO FIJI
NAI’A passengers are encouraged to fly into Nadi International Airport. If you are arriving from the United States, Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand offer the best options. Experts at the NAI’A office will alert you to the best deal if you contact them to arrange your air transportation. Sea Save Foundation at: Expeditions@SeaSave.org or Pacific Islands Travel at Travel@naia.com.fj
Pack lightly since you will be dressing for warm tropical weather. Please check with your airline for weight allowances and baggage policies. Airlines have ever-changing baggage limitations that can affect divers and photographers, so always check for updates on regulations. Please be sure to ask about the special “extra dive bag” when speaking with Pacific Islands Travel
PASSPORTS & VISAS
All passengers must have a valid passport to enter Fiji and the passport must not expirewithing six month from date of entry. United States and Canadian citizens do not require a VISA at the current time. We recommend checking with the nearest Fiji consulate to see if regulations have changed.
We strongly recommend each guest purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation and interruption insurance when space is received. Trip insurance will protect you from financial disappointment if you are prevented from making your scheduled trip due to illness or family illness, or in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent the airline or yacht from making its scheduled trip.
Please note, it is mandatory that you have a dive specific insurance that covers evacuation. We strongly recommend that passengers have valid Divers Alert Network insurance to provide coverage in the event of an accident. Fiji is a very remote area and the cost involved in evacuating a diver is very high. The DAN. policy is a vital protection to have. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with obtaining dive insurance (at least one week prior to the trip).
We have also provided a link to DAN for your convenience at http://www.DiversAlertNetwork.org/partner/1669207/trip.
All divers must bring proof of certification by a national certifying agency. The Dive Master will request to see your certification before you are allowed to dive. If you are certified for Nitrox and other specialties as well, then remember to also bring those certifications.
TRANSFER TO THE VESSEL
NAI’A will pick up the guests from Nadi area hotels starting at 1 PM on Saturday, March 3rd and take them on the ship.
TRANSFER FROM THE VESSEL
On Tuesday, March 13th all guests will disembark at 8:00 AM and be taken to hotel in Nadi area
Fijian is spoken as a first language by more than half of the population. In addition to Fijian, however, English and Hindi are also considered official languages of Fiji.
CURRENCY & EXCHANGE RATE
Fiji dollars are the national currency, with USD 1 equal to approximately $2.0728 (FJD dollars) as of March 2017. International credit cards and US dollars are widely accepted in regions associated with tourism. Hotels and banks will exchange US Dollars for Fiji Dollars. US dollars as well as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted on the vessels. Personal checks or Travelers Checks are not accepted onboard. If you plan in exploring Fiji prior to your charter, or lingering after disembarkment, consider changing your home currency for Fiji dollars at the airport, or at ATM (also can be found at the airport) Taxi’s and local restaurants only accept Fiji dollars.
Fiji is 16 hours ahead of US Eastern Time.
WHILE ON BOARD AND DIVING
Generally mild. Will be announced prior to each new site during briefing.
To increase safety and bottom time while maintaining safe non-decompression dives the use of Nitrox is recommended for all nitrox certified divers.
GEAR TO BRING WITH YOU
You will need the following gear: 3-5 mm (1/8″ to 3/16″) wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, a mandatory dive computer, buoyancy compensator, depth gauge, dive gloves, weight belt (without weights), dive light.
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED ONBOARD
Weights for your weight belt: 2, 3, 4, and 6 lbs. (1, 1.5, 2 and 3 kilos). Also provided, air or Nitrox tanks — 80 cubic ft. aluminum (12 liters).
Please note, tanks are standard yoke (INT), not DIN. Please notify our offices in advance if you need an adaptor.
RENTAL EQUIPMENT ONBOARD
The NAI’A has a limited amount of gear onboard. Reserve early if you intend to rent. You can rent dive gear: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, and nitrox dive computers.
There is a limited supply of 15 Liter steel tanks. If you would like to rent one, make sure to reserve it well ahead of time.
MEALS & BEVERAGES
The menu aboard offers a delicious combination of American and local cuisine. Meals are varied and well balanced, and delicious snacks are offered between dives. Food is abundant with plenty of fresh tropical fruit and salads and is served buffet style. We cater to all dietary requirements, but we do require advance notie for special needs.
Soft drinks, juices, coffee, and tea are all free. We serve wine and/or beer with dinner but if you want either outside of dinner we have an honesty sheet.
We carry all the basic spirits, but it is very expensive on board and we highly recommend that everyone who wishes to imbibe purchase their drinks of choice at Duty-Free.
We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended. If you wish to go into a village or temple then please make sure your wear clothing that covers elbows and knees.
The vessel has both 110 and 220 volts throughout.
The vessel has standard US and Australian/New Zealand (type 1) sockets (but not British-style sockets).
SEA SAVE FOUNDATION THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ANY TIME, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT EXPEDITIONS@SEASAVE.ORG!