Updated: Monday, February 18, 2008
There are certain spots along Fiji’s wide reef expanse that are protected sites. One of these spots is ‘Shark Reef’. It may look rather ordinary but the hard coral reef just off Pacific Harbour's coastline (off the coast of Viti Levu) is home to many of the culturally significant shark population.
Diving in this spot is not something you do to stare at pretty corals, but you will definitely want to have that camera ready. Of course, most people are so blown away by the sight of sharks up close and personal that they forget to take their camera out.
Because the area is protected, this section of the reef is home to many types of reef fish. So this makes it an attractive place for sharks and other predators to cruise by for lunch, dinner, breakfast or if they are feeling slightly snackish.
For the past six years, shark feeding has been a major attraction in the area with most shark encounters involving a guide from villages near the reef system. So why are sharks culturally significant? According to Fijian legend, one of the Gods - Dakuwaqa - takes the form of a shark. That's why most Fijians do not eat shark meat. Some fear that if they eat shark meat, they will have no protection in the water from other sharks.
Shark feeding is available at other coastal resorts as well, but you might want to book early as the activity is highly popular.
Diving Season: All year round, but bull sharks leave for mating season in November to early January.