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    Philippines

    The islands that make up the South Pacific include Polynesia and Melanesia. Polynesia encompasses numerous island groups, including French Polynesia (commonly referred to as Tahiti) and Tonga. It is made up of scattered volcanic and coral land forms. Melanesia, which encompasses Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, is composed of chains of fairly large, mountainous islands. With differing peoples, cultures and environments, all these islands offer wonderful diving.

    TAHITI
    Tahiti, and the other islands of French Polynesia, represent the epitome of how tropical islands are imagined. Made famous by the paintings of Gauguin, Tahiti has always held a legendary place in romantic minds. Exquisitely beautiful Bora Bora, idyllic Moorea, and the huge atoll of Rangiroa are also held in high esteem in the minds of divers. Here you will find reefs loaded with tropicals—and shark feeding encounters that will knock your fins off. Bringing in Blacktips and Gray Reef Sharks, the feedings range from hand-offerings in stand-up depths, to explosive chum bucket frenzies in wild atoll passes.

    TONGA
    The Kingdom of Tonga sits adjacent to one of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean. Consequently, encounters with big animals are common. One of the highlights is the winter arrival of Humpback Whales. Divers and snorkelers can predictably meet these animals via live-aboard trips or shore-based operations.

     

    FIJI
    Fiji has been described as the “soft coral capital of the world,” and for good reason. Here you will find these other-worldly formations in a riot of colors. The Great White Wall, in the Somo Somo Strait, is literally covered with soft corals. Other prime diving areas include Beqa Lagoon, where coral bommies are loaded with colorful soft corals and seafans; Astrolabe Reef, where dramatic drop-offs meet big animals; Namena and Matagi Islands, where schooling fish meet pelagics and coral gardens; and Nigali Passage, where tidal exchanges bring sharks.

    VANUATU
    The lush, green islands of Vanuatu offer a mixture of cultures topside, and a wealth of diving opportunity underwater. There are caves and swim-throughs at Tutuba Point, black coral along a wall at Tubana, cave diving, shark feeding and diving on one of the largest wrecks in the world, the President Coolidge. This 654-foot passenger liner-turned troop carrier was sunk by mines during WW II and now offers a varied selection of experiences for divers, depending on the level of their skill.

    NEW CALEDONIA
    The islands that make up New Caledonia give up a diverse selection of underwater delights. You can dive wrecks, such as La Dieppoise, which is home to many large fish; enjoy barrier reef diving, with current-filled passes; plus visit tunnels and other formations, including limestone caverns, complete with ancient stalagmites and stalactites.



    We sell value Dive-PAKS to include
    Airfare, diving, and all travel components.
    Easy Booking!
    Call for details
    800-GO-DIVING
    Moorea: $1,315 p/p



    Vava’u, Tonga


    Join Sailing Safaris and Beluga Diving for a lifetime experience * free-diving with Humpback whales! Incredible photo opportunities with dedicated speedboat and whale expert. Scuba dive the walls, caves, drop-offs and spectacular coral in this remote, undiscovered Pacific Paradise. Complete diving and whale accommodation packages. www.sailingsafaris.com or www.belugadivingvavau.com

     


    MV PRINCESS II - FIJI


    Experience the finest diving in Fiji while cruising in comfort and style. The MV Princess II, Fiji’s most affordable liveaboard dive boat, visits world class dive sites, and is the only liveaboard to visit Fiji’s amazing north. Taking only 12 divers, the MV Princess II provides friendly, personalized service.

    www.princessii.com
    info@princessii.com
    800-576-7327


    TokaToka Resort Hotel - Fiji


    TokaToka Resort Hotel, right opposite Nadi Airport. Accommodations vary from studios to two bedroom villas. Overnight or day rooms available. Great pool, great bar, great place, great price. Already catering to a number of dive groups. Contact your local travel agent or the hotel
    direct.
    Ph: 011 679 720222
    Fx: 011 679 720400
    Email: tokatokaresort@is.com.fj


    Cruise in luxury with
    Blue Lagoon Cruises and dive with Westside Watersports.

    They will transport you to numerous spectacular dive sites in the South Pacific. Enjoy drift and wall dives, coral gardens, shark viewing,
    multi-coloured fish and green
    toned sponges in clear turquoise water with PADI instructors and
    state-of-the-art equipment.
    Inquiries:
    www.archipels.com

    Westside Watersports
    Tel: (679) 661462
    Fax: (679) 661462
    Website: www.fiji-dive.com
    Email: westside@is.com.fj

    Blue Lagoon Cruises
    Tel: (679) 661622, 661268
    Fax (679) 664098
    Website: www.bluelagooncruises.com
    Email: blc@is.com.fj

    BLUE NUI DIVE CENTERS
    AT PEARL RESORTS


    Blue Nui Dive Centers • Bora Bora • Manihi • Tikehau
    The best way to discover the amazing variety of the underwater world in the Tahitian Islands. Sharks, mantas rays, baracuda and much more! Dive with the experts chosen by the most beautiful chain of hotels in French Polynesia.
    www.pearlresorts.com


    NAME YOUR OWN DIVE SITE on the third largest barrier reef in the world! Explore this virgin barrier reef with other privileged scuba diving guests at Nukubati Island - the ONLY resort in Fiji with access to this awesome diving fantasyland! Nukubati Island is a small luxury resort with just seven beachfront bungalows catering to a maximum of fourteen adults. For more information
    call 888-345-4669 or website www.nukubati.com.

    LIVE ABOARD TAHITI & THE TUAMOTU ATOLLS


    Explore the Tuamotu atolls in the heart of French Polynesia - Exclusive cruises of 8 divers max aboard the "deluxe" 57' sailing catamaran ORAVA, managed by ARCHIPELS - 8d / 7n itinerary between Fakarava &RANGIROA. consult www.archipels.com for schedules or call for further info or informative CD-rom.
    Tel (689) 56 36 39
    Fax (689) 56 35 87
    www.archipels.com



    Located on one of the world's most beautiful beaches, MATANA BEACH RESORT / DIVE KADAVU is surrounded by spectacular, pristine coral reefs. Thirty two world class dive sites are just minutes by boat from your intimate beachfront bure at Matana Beach Resort. Whole day excursions to the outer reefs are available by arrangement.

    MARAVU PLANTATION RESORT on Taveuni is truly an "Experience of a Lifetime". Dive sites like Rainbow Reef and the Great White Wall in the heart of Somosomo Strait leave even the most jaded divers awestruck. If you're looking for a first class Boutique Resort and absolutely spectacular diving, plan your next dive trip at Maravu Plantation Resort.

    SUN AIR, Fiji's "diver's airline", provides daily service to all of Fiji's exciting destinations. Let us show you Fijian hospitality on your next dive trip. For custom accommodation, travel and dive trip planning contact the world's Fiji diving experts: Destination World at 1.888.DIVEFIJI. (1.888.348.3345) www.diveandsurffiji.com


    We sell value Dive-PAKS to include
    Airfare, diving, and all travel components.
    Easy Booking!
    Call for details
    800-GO-DIVING

     



    SUBSURFACE FIJI
    ISLAND DIVE VACATIONS
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    www.fijidiving.com