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What makes the waters of Fiji special?

The waters of Fiji are vibrant and bursting with colourful marine life. Whether you're discovering them on a dive or a cruise with your family, you're sure to see some of the teeming wildlife. Before you head over, read up about this area with your kids so you can begin to explore the wonders of the deep.

These waters are unique

Fiji's location is considered a unique area of the globe, where ecology and geography is varied and diverse. There are not many places in the world where you'll find coastal wetlands and mangroves right near seagrass - where sea animals get their food - and algal beds along with lagoons and coral reefs.

They are home to a huge array of marine life

Throughout the area there are more than 390 species of coral. On top of that, there are 1,200 varieties of fish alone. Of these, seven are native to Fiji. In these waters you can also catch a glimpse of the bumphead parrot fish with their strange form.

These waters are also filled with marine turtles. There are seven species of marine turtle, and five of these migrate through the waters around Fiji. The most common are the Green and Hawksbill turtles, although you might also see a Leatherback turtle, which is very rare, as it calmly propels itself through the water.

Whales also thrive here. You're most likely to come across the Blue whale, Set, Humpback or Sperm, each more majestic than the last. Playful and friendly dolphins can often be seen frolicking and leaping through the water along with their larger and calmer whale counterparts.

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort offers the special opportunity to get up close and personal with these animals with the full-time Marine Biologist, Johnny Singh. He has great knowledge about the ecology of the underwater world and specific species. The resort is also family friendly and has special offers if you're travelling with your kids.