Q: Anything else you’d like to discuss?
A: We would like to discuss the Shark Dive and the Shark Sanctuary Campaign which we are fully supporting.
We currently offer the shark dive to our guests and we attend the shark feed run by Aquatrek at least once a week. The shark dive is unique in that it is probably the only dive in the world where you can possibly see up to 8 species of shark. 99% of our divers attend the shark dive and we love to go too!
The eight species that you might see are: Tawny Nurse Shark, Sickle Fin Lemon Shark, Whitetip Reef Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Silvertip Shark, Bull Shark & Tiger Shark.
Most people come to see the Bull Sharks being hand fed -– it’s pretty impressive! We normally come away seeing at least 5 species. Unfortunately, our customers don’t see so much of the Tiger sharks these days. In 2011, Tiger shark sightings were down by 50% compared to 2010. If the Shark sanctuary campaign is unsuccessful within 2 years there might not even be a Shark Dive.
Basically, the campaign is trying to protect sharks within Fiji waters and prohibit the import/export of any shark products. Currently, approximately
12000 shark’s fins are processed in Fiji each month. Get more information on the campaign at www.coral.org or on this Fiji Guide website and be sure to sign the petition.
Q: What other activities will the visitor encounter in Beqa?
A: We obviously offer Discover Scuba diving which is an introductory scuba course that you can complete at the resort course in about 4 hours.
We’ll introduce you to the amazing underwater world and you can even boat dive (to a maximum of 12 metres) for the rest of your stay at the resort!
We also offer Kayaking – you can either head off by yourself and explore the wonders of Malumu Bay or join one of our guides on a tour around Bat Island where you can take in the colony of Fruit bats deep in the heart of Beqa Island.
For land lovers - our waterfall hike is very popular – after 45 minutes hike up the mountain, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfall itself!
We also offer a 2-island Guided Kayak which is for the fit and adventurous. This can take up to 6 hours with a stop for lunch on a deserted beach. Enjoy intimate views of traditional villages nestled around the coastline on your journey.
Traditional Fijian activities include Herbal Medicine walk, Coconut grating demonstration, village visits, Lovo nights, Fijian Language lessons and Fijian dancing!
Q: Anything else you care to add?
A: We are here to ensure that anyone who chooses Lalati Resort & Spa as their diving and vacation destination has the best time possible. We want your stay to meet your expectations and your hard-earned holiday or vacation to be just that, a vacation. Don’t expect to wash or assemble your gear whilst you are here – in fact we’ll take care of everything for you during your stay. Unless, of course, you don’t want us to!
Q: Any other questions?
A: The Dog’s name is Dogg – D-O double G! He belongs to us. He is well travelled and is originally from Dubai. He walked into a dive shop there and it was love at first sight so now he is living the life in Fiji. It’s his dive shop really – we follow his rules! He will be the first to meet you on the dock and he'll be REALLY glad you came :)
Photos from top to bottom: sickle fin lemon shark, banded pipefish, blue ribbon eel and Dogg. (Shots courtesy of Kirsti Deacon-Smith and Paul Knight).