REEF's fifth Field Survey to Fiji is sure to be a fantastic 10 days of diving, fish surveying, and plenty of fun with friends! Central Fiji is known as a hotspot for diving, due to a combination of unique characteristics, including nutrient-rich runoff, deep-ocean upwelling, tidal and wind-driven currents and protection from numerous barrier islands. The South Pacific is an extremely diverse region with massive schools of pelagics such as Bigeye Trevally, Scad, and Barracuda, Gray Reef and Whitetip Reef Sharks, and unusual creatures like the Leaf Scorpionfish and Hairy Ghost Pipefish. Fiji's Bligh Waters even have a dive site called Humann Nature, named for REEF Co-Founder Paul Humann! The luxurious NAI'A is world-renowned for her crew of experienced Fijian divers and sailors known for their friendliness and expertise. The itinerary also includes a visit to a traditional Fijian village, providing a great cultural experience in addition to unforgettable diving.
Wondering what you may see on this trip? Check out the database report from REEF's most recent Fiji Field Survey in 2018 by clicking here.
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: Stateroom: $5,973 per person based on double occupancy*
*Been on NAI'A before? Returning NAI'A passengers may be eligible for a discount on this trip. Please inform REEF at the time of booking if you are a repeat passenger on the NAI'A and we will confirm any available discounts.
Accommodations: The NAI'A sleeps 18 passengers. There are 9 staterooms onboard, all of which have private ensuite bathrooms. Three staterooms have king size beds that may configured as individual singles, two rooms have both a king bed and a single bunk above at the foot, two staterooms have only a king bed, and two staterooms have 2 twin bunk beds. All of the staterooms have plenty of storage for gear.
Diving: The NAI'A offers 4-5 dives per dive day, including night dives. February is summertime in Fiji and the average water temperature during this time of year is 83 degrees Fahrenheit. More information on water temperate is available on the NAI'A's website. All diving on the NAI'A is done from inflatable skiffs. Tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the cost of the charter.
Price Includes: The trip package includes 10 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 9 days of diving with 4-5 dives per day, nitrox (for certified divers), round-trip transfers to the ship from the airport or hotels in the Nadi area, all meals onboard, beverages including wine with dinner, tanks, weights, and taxes.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.
Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights, alcoholic beverages other than the house wine served with dinner, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. A fuel surchage may be added to each person's onboard bill. If applicable, the fuel surcharge amount will be determined approximately 90 days prior to the start of the trip. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
About the Trip Leader: Amy Lee is REEF's Trips Program and Communications Manager. She organizes REEF's annual schedule of worldwide citizen science dive trips, and also oversees REEF's communications and seasonal fundraising campaigns. She a member of REEF's Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic region, and has also surveyed in the Central Indo-Pacific, Tropical Eastern Pacific, California, and Northeast US and Canada.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Nadi International Airport (airport code NAN), arriving on or before Feb. 19, and departing on or after Feb. 29. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: To clear customs and immigration in Fiji, you must show a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and a return airline ticket. Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to enter Fiji. Please consult the appropriate consulate to be sure you have the appropriate documentation for travel.
Transfers: Participants will be transferred from Nadi to the boat at 1pm on Feb. 19, and back to the Nadi area (airport or hotel) after disembarking at 8am on Feb. 29. The NAI'A office can recommend in-transit hotels that offer half-day rates to accommodate early arrival and late departure times. Please contact Alexx at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in booking day rooms and extending your stay in Fiji.