The Top Fiji Liveaboards
Travellers who are nutty about scuba diving should be thinking about one type of holiday in Fiji: a liveaboard holiday. Go from dive site to dive site each day, exploring the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” and experiencing the best range of Fiji dive sites possible in a single trip. While Fiji’s dive resorts steal most of the limelight for scuba diving retreats, there is a small selection of liveaboards to choose from in Fiji. From small-ship cruises to sailing yacht cruises with other passionate divers, the liveaboards in Fiji certainly offer variety. Learn more about each liveaboard available in our list of the best liveaboards in Fiji!
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Fiji.
1. MV Reef Endeavour
Cruise around the islands of Fiji on a small-ship cruise on the MV Reef Endeavour. Operated by Captain Cook Cruises, the MV Reef Endeavour has a 5-Star PADI Dive Centre onboard catering to certified, occasional and first-time divers. Their tours around the Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands, Lomaiviti Islands, Taveuni and Vanua Levu offer two dives per day when possible, as well as the occasional night dive making sure you get a good range of experiences in Fiji. Diving is available on the following tours:
- 3-Night Mamanuca & Yasawa Cruise
- 4-Night Mamanuca & Yasawa Cruise
- 7-Night Mamanuca & Yasawa Cruise
- 7-Night Colonial Discovery Cruise
- 7-Night 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise
Note that scuba diving is an add-on to these tours. Bookings and reviews are also available on Tripadvisor. Check out more cruises in Fiji in the 9 Best Island-Hopping Cruises in Fiji.
2. Fiji Princess
Offering an alternative dive experience, Blue Lagoon Cruises offers divers the chance to dive from several different resorts throughout the Yasawa Islands. The Fiji Princess is a small cruise ship offering multi-day tours around Fiji’s idyllic outer islands. Most trips throughout the year are adult-only, with onboard accommodation, meals and some activities included. Note that scuba diving is not included in the base price of the cruise. Scuba diving is with outsourced certified dive companies, offering beginner to advanced dive sites to explore. Discover Scuba courses can also be arranged with prior notice. Tours with Blue Lagoon Cruises include:
- 3-Night Mamanuca & Southern Yasawa Cruise
- 4-Night Yasawa Islands Cruise
- 7-Night Mamanuca & Yasawa Islands Cruise
Bookings and reviews are also available on Tripadvisor.
Let Nai’a Fiji sort out all of the logistics for you while you enjoy the diving. Nai’a is an all-inclusive liveaboard experience offering 7-day and 10-day tours of the Bligh Water. Departing from Lautoka on Viti Levu, Nai’a offers gear rentals, PADI courses, skiff diving, nitrox diving, rebreather diving and more. Explore the diverse life of the Bligh Water, which sits between Fiji’s two largest islands harbouring amazing coral displays and formations – learn more about the dive sites in the 10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Fiji. As for the ship, Nai’a features nine passenger staterooms with an attractive saloon of native Fijian hardwoods.
4. Fiji Dive Resorts
At the time of writing, there are only four liveaboards permanently operating in Fiji, with new ones coming and going from year to year. If the liveaboards mentioned above are not quite what you’re looking for, then the next best thing might just be the fantastic dive resorts of Fiji. Many of Fiji’s resorts are home to PADI or SSI-accredited dive centres, offering dive courses, gear rentals and pretty much everything you need to enjoy Fiji’s amazing dive sites in safety and comfort. Check out some of our top recommendations in the 10 Best Dive Resorts in Fiji.
[CLOSED] AS Tui Tai
Based on the island of Vanua Levu, Tui Tai Expeditions offers 5-night and 7-night liveaboard experiences. Roam the famed Rainbow Reef where Jaques Cousteau gave Fiji its reputation of being the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”. Dive at sites that only the locals know about, such as near Rabi Island home to 9ft Manta Rays! Divers get to experience three dives each day of the cruise, as well as a few adventure and cultural activities. Learn more about Vanua Levu in The Complete Guide to Vanua Levu.