Where to Dive
The beauty of both Jean-Michel Cousteau and Kokomo Private Island resorts is that they both have dive shops, dive masters and boats right on-site. Jean-Michel Cousteau has JM himself to offer, as he's often on the island, and Kokomo has their resident marine biologist Cliona O'Flaherty, who is a blast not only to dive with, but to chat about all things ocean and beyond with. For Macro: Namena Marine Reserve
A macro-critter haven, and also Fiji's largest no-take marine reserve, these relatively unexplored reefs are thriving with life. From exploring sites made up of bommies and pinnacles to keeping an eye out for pygmy sea horses - if your eyes are up to the challenge - Namena's rich and diverse fish, invertebrate and coral communities make it a place you can dive over and over again and always find something new to be excited about discovering. Plus, ask your dive master about the nearby resident school of scalloped hammerheads and you just might cross a few more sightings off your dive bucket list. For A Little Bit of Everything: Great Astrolabe Reef
As the world's 3rd largest barrier reef and the largest living organism in the South Pacific, the Great Astrolabe Reef, on the south side of Kadavu Island and sitting at just over 60 miles (100 km) long, is one of the best places to experience everything that Fiji has to offer. With beautiful hard-coral, deep-water drop-offs, pinnacles, rocky seabeds and manta-ray cleaning stations, you never know what you'll encounter here, and that's what makes these dive sites so spectacular.
The three dive sites not to miss on the reef? Side Street, Kele Kele and Wonderland. For the Remote Explorer: Yasawa Islands
With fewer tourists and less dive boat traffic this is truly where you have the ocean all to yourself. Well, almost all to yourself, these pristine reefs are teeming with a local population of mantas that make diving here something spectacular. Add in the unique underwater topography and you truly have one of the most adventurous areas to explore in the islands. For Shark Sightings: Shark Reef Marine Reserve
You won't need to call on the Fijian shark god Dakuwanga for a shark sighting in this reserve - it's swimming (see what I did there) with bull sharks, whitetip reef sharks, blacktip reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, tawny nurse sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the rare tiger shark. There's a reason (or eight) why Shark Reef Marine Reserve is often regarded as one of the top shark dive spots in the world.