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Below and Above Blue Waters – Snorkeling and Exploring in Fiji

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Richard Treiber Oct 29, 2014 at 04:04 PM

We just returned from our trip. We HIGHLY recommend a 3mm full wet suit like we brought (because an Fiji experienced dive shop owner recommended it). People without a suit or with short suits were consistently cold (many rented suits once we got to Paradise Teveuni). If you already have a short suit, consider a hood.

BTW, good underwater photography requires a strong flash to get colors right.


Janice Conrad Oct 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I just bought a Fuji xp70. Tried it in the pool. Got it sent to the local Walmart for $169. Tried it in the pool last week. So far, so good. Ordered extra batteries and plug-in charger form Amazon. Hasn't arrived yet. Isn't it disappointing that the biggest complaint about underwater cameras is leaking!!!!!!!!!! Can let you know if it holds up when I get back after Nov 11. 5 more days! :) As for the wet suit, see my post below. Bound to get cold if you stay in the water long enough. Kitty


Margaret Asrani Oct 26, 2014 at 05:25 PM

What kind of water camera should I bring? I do not have one.
Peggy Asrani


Margaret Asrani Oct 26, 2014 at 05:14 PM

Do I need to have a wet suit? I do not have one. Is the water too cold to snorkel in? Where should I buy one? I am going 2/14/2015-2/24/2015.
Peggy Asrani


Janice Conrad Oct 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Dwain, the last afternoon on Taveuni is "free". (Tho I guess we need to pack.)If you take your trip then, you wouldn't miss our first snorkeling. Kitty


Dwain Sep 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Question for someone who's been on the trip. I'm just wondering how much Fijian currency we need. I see that we're going into SavuSavu town, for money changing among other things. How much cash would we actually need? I assume there's shopping in town. Are there also shops near the resort or anything? Just wondering how much need there would be for spending money? I appreciate your advice.
Cynthia Liss Sep 19, 2014 at 01:21 PM

Dwain, I went last November, I did not really find much to buy, the take you to town in a taxi, and the town id small. You can exchange money in the bank, They told us to bring hand wipes-but mine were always paced away when I needed them! Try to bring them for the ferry ride....just saying.
Dwain Sep 19, 2014 at 08:40 PM

Thank you. I was just kind of wondering how large an amount I should have available for withdrawal. I wasn't really expecting to need a lot of spending money. I presume there is an ATM at the bank? I've read that ATM's are available.
Richard Treiber Oct 29, 2014 at 03:53 PM

We just returned. There's an ATM in Savusavu near the few stores you may visit. We didn't bother with town and never exchanged any money. Bought a tapa at Daku resort but used US$.


Dwain Sep 11, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Hello Everyone,

I'm going on the Nov. 1 2014 trip. I'm interested in taking a side trip to Des Voeux peak on Taveuni, on the day that we arrive on the island. This would be at the time of the afternoon snorkeling that day. There are supposed to be spectacular views of nearby islands and Lake Tagimoucia, in the crater. I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in making this trip. I've been in contact with the hotel there and they tell me they can arrange transport with a local driver. They tell me the cost would be about 300 FJD, or about 160 USD, which is kind of costly for one person. If anyone is interested in going we could share the cost.

What do you think?
Janice Conrad Sep 11, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Sorry I'm not up to major hiking but glad to meet a fellow traveller. See you at LAX on the 1st. Kitty
Dwain Sep 11, 2014 at 05:39 PM

Hello Everyone,
Dwain Sep 11, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Hello Everyone, I guess I didn't do everything right coming into the discussion board. My name is Dwain. I don't think there is actually a lot of hiking involved just going to the peak. The driver takes you there in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. I understand it is quite a hike to go into the lake.


Janice Conrad Sep 09, 2014 at 01:52 PM

I bought a Neosport Lycra/Spandex suit for a trip to Galapogos where there is an uprising of cold currents. Did the trick and was easy to get in and out of. Less than $30 at LeasurePro. This company gave me great service when one of our mini-fins got damaged. Full replacement and no cost for shipping! Also used it in the Caribbean when I was in a cave with ice cold water. Could still feel the cold, but was a lot more comfortable then the others. Also bought the little booties that go inside the fins. Will be going with me on the Nov 1 trip.


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