Although not as dramatic or scenic as in the Somosomo Strait between Vanua Levu and Taveuni, the reefs off northern Viti Levu have colorful soft corals. They are relatively undiscovered, and the currents are not as strong as at other soft coral spots. Most require a boat ride, but the hulk of the cargo ship Papuan Explorer lies in 22m (72 ft.) of water only 150m (492 ft.) off Nananu-I-Ra Island. It was sunk in 1990 to create a reef, and experienced divers can swim inside the wreck.
The top dive operators in the area are Kai Viti Divers (tel. 669 3600; www.kaivitidivers.com), next to Wananavu Beach Resort, and Ra Divers (tel. 669 4622; www.ra-divers.com), at Volivoli Beach Resort .
The strong trade winds, especially from June to August, put this area on the world's windsurfing maps, and Ellington Wharf Water Sports Activity Center, at Ellington Wharf (tel. 669 3333; www.safarilodge.com.fj), rents Windsurfers, sea kayaks, sail boats, snorkeling gear, and other toys. They also offer guided kayak trips, most in connection with Safari Island Lodge. Owner Warren Francis conducts Fiji's only kite-surfing school here.
While the wind often whips from the southeast, Nananu-I-Ra and adjacent Nananu-I-Thake Island protect a usually quiet lagoon, creating a great spot for day sailing and kayaking. The islands are surrounded by fringing reefs, but the waters in between are deep enough to be dark blue.
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