First Soft Coral Views

Varieties of Fish

Crinoids, Soft Corals and Colorful Fish

Kathy Diving and Feeding Fish

A Friendly Turtle

Walking on Hot Stones

Peace and Quiet - Walking Around the Resort

More Interesting Fish

More Soft Coral

Fiji Scuba Dining at Beqa Lagoon Resort

May-June 2011

In late May 2011, Kathy and I went on a dive trip with the Houston Underwater Club. We spent a week at the Beqa Lagoon Resort in Fiji. The resort is about a 45 minute boat ride from the main island (Viti Levu) on the island of Beqa (pronounced "Benga"). It took us almost 32 hours door to door to get there with layovers in Houston and Los Angeles and a 3 hour bus ride to the boat that would take us to the resort. But the travel was worth it. The grounds of the resort were lush and green, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the diving was fairly good. Fiji is known for its walls of soft coral. While there was a lot of colorful soft coral, there wasn't as much as we expected. On the tops of the reefs there was plenty of colorful fish life.

The picture below shows the staff greeting us as we arrived.

   Resort staff greeting us

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Our "bure" (cottage or room) was very pleasant. It overlooked the water and had a nice hammock for Kathy's afternoon nap.

   Our Bure    Plunge Pool

   Our Hammock    Our Bure's Interior

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After a check out dive the first afternoon, we slept well that night. The next morning the dive boats headed out at 7:45 AM even though we were still fighting jet lag. We quickly became alert when we got in the water and saw the large number of clown fish near the tops of the reefs.

   Clownfish    Clownfish

   Clownfish

And we began to see the soft coral that was our main reason for coming to Fiji.

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In the afternoons, if we were not working on our camera or computer, we would explore the grounds of the resort.

   Palm Trees    Lagoon

   Lagoon    Grounds

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Each day saw interesting new species of fish. Here are some butterfly fish, moorish idols and a clown trigger.

Some afternoons there were activities. One day there was a strenuous hike up to a waterfall. Here are Ray and Kathy before and after the hike and Kathy at the waterfall.

Kathy at the waterfall
Kathy and Ray before
Kathy and Ray after

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The next day we were back out diving and found yellow and blue Christmas tree worms next to small iridescent clams embeded in the coral.

   Christmas Tree Worms and Clams

Here are more crinoids, soft corals and colorful fish.

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On Sunday afternoon, Kathy went to churh at the nearby village. Here she is with the minister. Notice that when dressing up, the Fijian men wear a wrap around garment similar to a skirt rather than pants. Sunday night the choir from the church came to the resort and gave a concert. They were very good, having won several national awards.

   Kathy and the Minister    The Church Choir

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The following links are to various sets of pictures from the rest of the trip.

Here are some pictures of Kathy.

A friendly turtle.

Men from another village walking on hot stones.

Peace and quiet - walking around the resort.

More interesting fish.

More soft coral.

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The colorful fish and soft corals and the lush grounds of the resort made the lengthy travel getting there worthwhile.

   Colorful Coral and Fish

   Sunrise at the Resort


C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated July 27, 2011