The Top Resorts in Fiji for Snorkelling
You’ve no doubt heard about the stunning array of hard and soft coral and the colourful fish they harbour in Fiji. Although most resorts can offer you boat excursions to see such wonders, not all are lucky enough to boast about this being right on their doorstep. If you want to spend your spare time in Fiji snorkelling from the beach of your resort, then this list of the very best snorkelling resorts in Fiji will guide you through, well, the best!
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, how about you check out The Top 50 Resorts in Fiji for more idyllic options. Plus, learn more about enhancing your snorkelling experience with The Ultimate Guide to Snorkelling in Fiji.
1. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
With amazing snorkelling spots just off the jetty, as well as a prestigious namesake to showcase the resort’s dedication to marine life, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is a top choice for a snorkelling holiday in Fiji. Stay in one of 25 well-appointed bures (bungalows) and villas with Fijian decor and layouts for couples and families. In between, enjoy vibrant snorkelling directly from the jetty, from the boat at the Namena Marine Reserve and learn from the resort’s marine biologist. Find this resort on Vanua Levu.
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2. Matangi Private Island Resort
Set just off the “garden island” of Taveuni, this adult-only boutique resort on Matangi Island is a dreamy retreat for couples and adult groups. The fringing reefs around Matangi Private Island Resort provides exceptional snorkelling from shore, with butterflyfish, angelfish, damselfish, giant clams, blue starfish, soft, hard, and plate coral. What’s more, complimentary guided snorkelling trips are on offer. As for accommodation, stay in one of the four types of bures including an innovative Treehouse Bure suspended in the jungle canopy. Learn more in 5 Best Adult-Only Resorts on Taveuni.
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3. The Remote Resort
Stay in one of The Remote Resort’s modern villas and you’ll also have easy access to awesome snorkelling. Located on the edge of a remote peninsula on Vanua Levu near the Rainbow Reef, The Remote Resort is a fantastic base for snorkelling trips. But even just off the shore, there is a shelf of hard coral spanning more than 500m (1,640ft) with interesting sights both day and night! Dive deeper into this resort in our list of the 10 Best Resorts in Vanua Levu.
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4. Octopus Resort
A real mix of experiences awaits at the Octopus Resort – premium villas with private chefs, family beachfront villas and dorm rooms… to name a few. But something that any holidaymaker can enjoy is snorkelling. Often dubbed the best snorkelling in the Yasawa Islands, the Octopus Resort has healthy coral and thriving fish populations to admire just a short swim from the beach.
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5. Navini Island Resort
As for some of the best resort snorkelling in the popular Mamanuca Islands, Navini Island Resort takes the trophy. The private island resort, which can only be booked directly, is surrounded by a protected reef awash in blue chromis and anemonefish, bluefin trevally, grouper, as well as the occasional sightings of octopus and turtles. Stay in one of the airy bures shaded by coconut palms, which are just a moment’s walk from the beach. See more resort recommendations in the Mamanucas here.
6. Matamanoa Island Resort
Escape to the small, intimate and secluded Matamanoa Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands, not only providing a romantic adults-only getaway but great snorkelling. Just off its shores is a marine sanctuary, either to swim or kayak to. Unlike many island resorts in the Mamanucas open to day-trippers, only its guests can enjoy this volcanic island with tropical forest spilling into the coral-clad waters.
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7. Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Situated on the shores of the Blue Lagoon, a snorkelling hotspot in itself, the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort is an idyllic getaway for keen snorkellers. Find the best snorkelling at a place called the “sand bar” just a short walk from the resort – ask the staff where to go. Meanwhile, stay in a budget lodge, deluxe villa or a backpacker dorm to suit your style. Find this resort in the Yasawa Islands.
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8. VOMO Island Resort
Amp your holiday experience to a luxurious level at the VOMO Island Resort at the far end of the Mamanuca Group. This private island resort is another crowd-pleaser, whether you’re a family or looking for a romantic getaway. Whoever you are, you’re sure to be amazed by the snorkelling directly from the beach. There are also daily snorkel safaris to numerous sites around the private islands. As for accommodation, the all-inclusive resort has hillside retreats overlooking the ocean to villas complete with a private pool. See more resorts like VOMO in our 7 Luxury Resorts in the Mamanuca Islands.
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9. Royal Davui Island Resort
A barefoot luxury island escape awaits at the Royal Davui Island Resort located just off the Pacific Harbour. This adult-only resort is made up of just 16 luxurious villas scattered across a private island. While snorkelling over the island’s surrounding reef is mesmerising, don’t miss your opportunity to snorkel at the nearby Beqa Lagoon – one of the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Fiji.
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10. Botaira Island Resort
Book yourself into one of the spacious and airy bures of the Botaira Island Resort and enjoy one of the Yasawa’s best beaches and snorkelling spots right on your doorstep. You can easily spend most of your days here being mesmerised by the fish when snorkelling right from the beach. Better yet, staff may offer you the chance to kayak and snorkel near a nesting site for turtles or one of the other nearby reefs. Find out more in the 7 Best Places to See & Swim with Turtles in Fiji.