We spend six days scuba diving the world-class dive locations of Northwestern Fiji. From our incredible beach bungalow accommodations, we spend our days scuba diving (2-3 dives per day) in the Soft Coral Capital of the World. Beginner divers gain their Open Water Dive Certification while more experienced divers gain advanced certifications. With its bathtub-warm tropical water, perfect underwater visibility and amazing marine life, Fiji is the perfect environment for Bold Earth's teen dive program!
COMMUNITY SERVICE: HOMESTAY & WATERFALL HIKES
40 hours of Community Service! In the villages of Lavena and Nabua, we give back to local Fijian communities while becoming immersed in day-to-day island life. Spending 3 days in Nabua Village allows us to help with farming projects, work in local schools and repaint a community center. 2 campers stay with each family, allowing us to fully experience the unique culture and legendary hospitality of the Fijian people. After 3 days we switch villages and venture to Lavena, home of the world famous Bouma National Park. Amidst spectacular waterfalls and jungle scenery, we spend the mornings doing community service and the afternoons exploring secret swimming holes. The mix of community service, adventure and cultural immersion make Bold Earth's Fiji teen trip the best!
Fiji Dive Service
Fiji Dive Service
Fiji Dive Service
Fiji Dive Service
- PADI Dive Certifications
- Night Dive & 2-3 dives for 6 days
- Experience Authentic Fijian Culture
- Visit a Dozen Islands
- Snorkeling & Scurfing (behind a boat!)
- Environmental & Cultural Service Projects
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
• SUN • SURF • PADI DIVE • SERVICE • SUMMER
Bold Earth dives deep into Fiji’s 333 islands to experience remote villages, untouched coral reefs and white sand beaches. Say “Bula” (Hello) to four distinct adventures on the Fiji Islands; learn to scuba dive, 40 hours of community service and outdoor adventure!
This will be the ABSOLUTE best summer of your life. Experience the beautiful traditions, unforgettable experiences and breath-taking sights of the Fiji Islands. We stay in local villages, an eco-surf lodge as well as five nights on a beautiful 140-foot sail boat.
Some AWESOME Highlights: • PADI Dive Certifications (Beginner & Advanced) • Experience Authentic Fijian Culture • Visit a Dozen Islands • Tons of Snorkeling & Beach Time • Environmental & Cultural Service Projects
14 days of NON-STOP adventure, culture, water and fun! Fiji Dive Service will empower, WOW and inspire!
Campers without PADI certification will need to complete this Online PADI Dive Certification Course prior to arriving in Fiji. The cost of the online dive class is not included in your tuition ($150-$180). All of the water-based classes ARE included in your tuition. Bold Earth will provide more details as the trip gets closer.
Taking care of the book work ahead of time allows campers to MAXIMIZE time diving in the warm blue water. Six days diving will give you priceless memories and a PADI Dive certification card you can use the rest of your life!
Want to just dive? Need Advanced Certifications? DEAL!
We have world class PADI instructors who will walk you through each one of your certifications, whether you have Open Water or Advanced, our dive master will take you to the next level.
Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, safe and amazing accommodations for Fiji Dive Service. This means visiting each village and scouting every aspect. YES, you will be comfortable!
Breakdown: • Village Homestays – 8 nights • Beach Huts – 5 nights
Village Homestays: In the villages of Lavena and Nabua, we give back to local Fijian communities while becoming immersed in day-to-day island life. Two campers stay with each family, allowing campers to fully experience the unique culture and legendary hospitality of the Fijian people. Campers sleep in private rooms with beds. This is authentic village living – rustic but comfortable!
Beach Huts: Located just feet from the beach, we spend the days immersed in our diving program or doing community service. Campers stay in beach bungalows, watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Accommodations are comfortable with fantastic facilities.
Fiji Dive Service is a carefully crafted trip. Where, how and why we pick each night’s lodging is why you select and put your trust in Bold Earth and we honor that trust.
Bold Earth host families in Fiji are amazing, caring, friendly and sweet. HUNDREDS of Bold Earth campers have enjoyed and found the Fiji Dive Service homestays to be a highlight of the trip. Host families are carefully screened and paid to host Bold Earth students. It is our job and responsibility to provide safe, safe and safe homestays!
Some Facts: • Two Campers per Family (of the same gender). • Homestays are authentic Fiji – rustic but comfortable! • YES, campers have private room • Bathrooms are rustic but comfortable • Food is delicious, local and homemade • Villages only have about 20 houses! Trip leaders are ALWAYS very nearby. • Campers are together as a group from 8am – 6pm • Campers with host-family for dinner and sleeping.
Bold Earth students spend a moderate amount of time with their host families. Almost all of every day you are together with your group. Every camper’s home is visited each day by your trip leaders during your stay. All families are within shouting distance (literally!) of each other. If there is ever the slightest problem we immediately switch host families.
Campers earn 40 hours of community service on Bold Earth’s Fiji Dive Service program. Designed to be educational, worthwhile and fun, the projects connect campers with the communities and natural environments of the places we visit.
3 AMAZING Projects:
1. Nabua Village: Spending three days in Nabua Village allows us to help on a variety of Bold Earth established community service projects. Campers help on the Bold Earth Pineapple Farm in the village. A highlight of the trip is harvesting the 10,000 pineapples that grow on the farm. In addition, campers work in the Nabua Primary School partnering with teachers to teach subjects that interest them! While living with families, campers see the authentic Fiji – the beauty of their culture and reality of rural village life.
2. Bouma National Heritage Park: The village of Lavena, is located on Taveuni Island, known as the “Garden Island.” The village is the entrance to Buoma National Park, a paradise of waterfalls, birds and flowers. Campers spend three days hiking to waterfalls, swimming and partnering with Park Rangers. Campers build trails, make brochures and help to improve the tourist infrastructure. This project is incredible as campers learn about the eco-tourist economy and the preservation of natural wonders.
3. Qamea Island: As part of our surf and adventure activities on Qamea Island, we partner with Draketi and Kioa Villages to teach in the local Secondary School. Qamea Island has no roads and many villagers have never left the Island. With spectacular beaches and picturesque views, Draketi and Kioa Villages LOVE Bold Earth campers. Teaching at the Secondary School for two afternoons is fascinating, as campers get to know their Fijian peers. So COOL!
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Food in Fiji is local, delicious and healthy. Tropical fruits and delicious vegetables are plentiful. Campers find Fijian food to be very tasty!
Villages: Much of the world harvests their own food for subsistence living. At home, we are lucky to have incredible variety available for every meal. For 8 (total) days, campers live the village lifestyle. The food is delicious, healthy and fun. All food is locally harvested, as villagers are off the cash economy. Traveling to remote parts of Fiji, campers gain insight into the rural lifestyle. When staying in villages, campers eat the same food as villagers – harvested from the village land.
Beach Bungalows: Delicious and lots of options. Campers LOVE the food as it is top-quality. WOW!
Bottled Water: Yes, Bold Earth provides bottled water or boiled water during the entire Fiji Dive Service trip.
YES, the Food is Nutritious and Delicious!
A tropical archipelago, Fiji is blessed with great soil and a year-round growing season. Outside of the city, Fiji is rural and villagers rely on subsistence agriculture, chickens and fishing. Campers always have of delicious and nutritious food. We will enjoy fresh sea food, fish, taro, cassava, chicken, rice, eggs and noodles. Campers learn that most of the world cannot go to Whole Foods and buy any type of food.
YES, we will enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten free, kosher, allergies and most special diets. However, options in Fiji are slightly limited by the remote location.
Food with the host families is very local and very delicious. All vegetables and meat is from the village – no grocery store! Aboard the Tui Tai, we eat a lot! With days full of diving, you will have a big appetite. With a chef on board, the Tui Tai cooks western-style food with Fijian influence. Campers love the food in Fiji!
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 15 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 American trip leaders (at least 1 male and 1 female) • 1 Local Fijian Guide • Diving: LOTS of Supervision
Group size MATTERS! Small groups enhance camper experience and cultivate better relationships. Knowledgeable and experienced guides make Bold Earth trips safer while giving Bold Earth programs powerful authenticity.
Leadership and taking charge is a planned part of every day. Campers will get a chance to be a Leader of the Day (LOD), which will give campers the opportunity to step into a leadership role. Our goal is for students to return home with a dozen new lifelong friends, feeling more confident, more of a leader and more self aware with a better appreciation of the world around them.
Yes, a male and female leader will be with the group 24/7.
Warm candy blue water, the world’s friendliest people and endless white sand beaches… Need we say more?
Fiji is located in the South Pacific, approximately 1,300 mi (2,000 km) northeast of New Zealand. Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited. The capital and largest city is Suva on Viti Levu Island (the biggest and most populated island). Like Hawaii, the majority of Fiji’s islands were formed through volcanic activity and plate tectonics.
Fiji is one of the most developed Pacific Island countries due to tourism and abundant natural resources. Currently, the main export and source of foreign exchange is sugar.
In addition to the Fijian population, Fiji is much more diverse than people expect with significant Indian, European and Chinese nationalities. 37% of the population is Indo-Fijian, having been brought to Fiji from India by the British in the 19th century. One of the most famous Indo-Fijians is the golfer Vijay Singh. While ethnic tensions existed in the past – Fiji is a stable and peaceful country.
The language, cuisine, beliefs, architecture, arts, music and so much more are all major parts of Fiji today. The Fijian people are nice, truly nice. They have a beautiful language and common identity. Campers will constantly hear the friendly, “Bula!” or “Hello” in the Fijian language as we travel from place to place.
Yes, approximately 85% of our campers come to Bold Earth on their own. Many love to get away from it all and experience a brand new summer with new friends and new adventures.
Some students want to share this experience with a friend and that is absolutely fine, but Bold Earth will not accept more than 3 students who know each other in one group. The bonds and friendships that you take away from Bold Earth will absolutely be highlight of your summer!
Over the last 15 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Fiji Dive Service Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Fiji Dive Service Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor Team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Bold Earth carefully researches possible health risks as part of our trip planning for the exact destinations we visit on Fiji Dive Service. Bold Earth visits established tourist locations. For most campers standard vaccinations are sufficient for travel in Fiji.
For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The day to day Fiji Dive Service Itinerary on the website can be printed to show to your travel clinic or family physician.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Fiji Specific Website which we find to be very broad covering all areas, seasons and types of travel.
Yes, a valid passport is needed to enter Fiji.
No visa is required for nearly all nationalities.
Fiji Dive Service is specifically designed to be combined with other Bold Earth trips for an epic 4 or 6 week summer! If you are interested contact our Colorado office at 303-526-0806 for more information.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like. We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic. To receive a list of references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or e-mail email@example.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Everyone was awesome, Fiji was the best trip ever! Never has any summer been so enjoyable for me as this one. I came back home full of impressions and happiness thanks to great Bold Earth trip leaders and campers. Despite of my not so perfect English, we talked so much and made so many jokes, so I would say that language is not really a big deal. Thanks a lot Bold Earth!
ONCE AGAIN, BOLD EARTH CHANGED MY LIFE!
Once again, Bold Earth changed my life. Fiji Dive Service was better than I could have ever expected. Bold Earth did a fantastic job with safety, considering Fiji is a country completely different than America. I have never laughed that hard in my life! The villages were such a unique cultural experience, I tell everyone how awesome it is that I had the chance to stay with Fijians who live such an interesting and simple life. I am so thankful that Bold Earth allowed me to have such a great summer.
PARENTS, Cassy & Jonathan: Maddy had a fabulous time again! Hawaii last summer and Fiji this summer were the trips of a lifetime. I would recommend Bold Earth to any family interested in sending their teen on a safe and memorable trip. Thank you, Abbott and your wonderful team, for providing our daughter with experiences she will never forget!
PARENTS, Becky & Mark: Fiji Dive Service truly exceeded our expectations. While the itinerary was amazing and follow through seemed seamless, it was the leaders and their ability to create an unconditional level of trust between the kids who made this trip transformative for our son.
When asked about trip highlights, he would offer anecdotes about diving or surfing to friends and family. But he will admit that the greatest experience of the trip was the chance to gain confidence in himself; his ability to communicate a thought with non-judging peers, and his utter satisfaction in sharing this experience with a group of like-minded kids who were fully present in the moment, eager and trusting, and engaged. This was truly the experience we had hoped to find for our kid who is a big fish in a small Midwestern pond. He came back a happier, more tolerant, appreciative and easy going 15 year old teenager. And as great as glorious as Fiji was, the paradise he found came from his peers, host families and leaders.
I loved everything about my Fiji Dive Service experience. It was such an amazing summer and I wouldn't change anything about it!
PARENTS, Sallie & Thomas: Great experience for Rebecca. She loved Fiji, the trip leaders and the other kids on the trip. Her time on the boat was a highlight. I think Bold Earth is the type of experience that can change a young person's life for the better.
Thank you so much Bold Earth for a summer unlike any other I've experienced.
PARENTS, Lisa & David: Jack greatly enjoyed his Fiji Dive Service trip. The trip leaders were excellent. I especially appreciated Dan's many years of experience leading Bold Earth trips. Madeline's enthusiasm and education in safety and first aid were a comfort to me. I was particularly pleasantly surprised that the entire group got along well, and really liked each other.
WISHING I COULD GO BACK!
Fiji Dive Service was an awesome experience and I already am wishing I could go back! I had a really fun time with Dan and safety was always a priority. Gonna miss his stories and conversations! Madelyn was always looking after everyone to make sure we were having a good time and had all the bandages and medicine we needed. Always sharing stories and always upbeat and positive! They made the trip the best it could be!
Thanks to Bold Earth, Dan, Madelyn and the amazing campers, Fiji Dive Service was definitely my best summer holiday ever! My head is full of wonderful memories!
PARENTS, Dominique & Norbert: Wonderful experience, perfect organization. We have really appreciate all the contact we had with the Bold Earth team members, and the way they answered at our attends at any time. A real pleasure for parents, many thanks!
Fiji Dive Service was really fun and a great trip. I liked the mix of people. Everything was beyond compare.
PARENTS, JoAnn & Anthony: Fiji Dive Service was a truly amazing trip for Anthony. I feel Bold Earth, in general, is made just for Anthony. Not only were the activities great, I think the chemistry between everyone really made the trip. The leaders were great. Anthony had nothing but great things to say about them. They were responsible while still being loads of fun. Anthony said the leaders ensured everyone wrote long thoughtful blogs and that really made an impact on me as a parent. I especially liked how the trip leaders posed meaningful, thought provoking questions and ensured the leaders of the day did the same.
FIJI WAS AMAZING!
Fiji Dive Service was amazing! It was the best trip I have ever been on! I loved the scuba diving and hope to go again soon. The group was a major part of the trip and we were all friends. Dan, our leader, was funny, kind, helpful and honest. I loved the Fijian people and staying in the villages was so eye-opening. I loved seeing how they live by eating their food, talking to their people and learning words in their own language. The trip was unforgettable!
I have done many trips through other companies similar to Bold Earth, and on every trip cliques were formed and the connection between leader and student was more skill-based. In Fiji with Bold Earth, this was gone. I bonded with every single person on the trip, creating bonds I have never experienced before. I have made life long friends that I will always talk to, and have experienced cultures so amazing that I will speak of them for years. Thank you Bold Earth for the trip of a lifetime.
PARENTS, Stephanie & Dan: Fiji Dive Service was a fabulous trip. It Exceeded expectations. The group of travelers worked well together and have built lasting relationships. The host families were gracious and gave the students an authentic look into traditional Fijian life. The dive experience was spectacular and staying on the Tui Tai was the most incredible accommodation anyone could ever hope to experience. Dan and Madeline were great: the group was very cohesive, so kudos to the leaders.
Fiji Dive Service
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.