Whales and Dolphins in the Fiji
Whales and dolphins are protected in Fiji since 2003, when the
Fijian Governemnt declared Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone as a
Islands with their diversity of different ocean environments,
with shallow protected lagoons
and the abyssal depth of the ocean outside the reefs, are an ideal environment
for large marine live.
There are several pods of pilot whales and
dolphins that inhabit those waters, as well as other
like humpback whale, falsekiller whale, minke whale, spermwhale,
that migrate through, or visit on yearly migratory patterns.
Commercial whale and dolphin watching tours are just
starting to set up in Fiji.
Most of these activities concentrate on primarily
on observation spinner dolphins as this species is the
Other cetacean watching is opportunistic in nature as part of fishing/diving and other tourist-based activities.
NAI'A Fiji Liveaboard Dive Adventures conducts yearly
seasonal Humpback Whale Watching Expeditions
primarily in the Kingdom of Tonga as this is one of the
main calving and mating grounds for the and breeding
ground southern humpback population.
Several Non Governmental Organisations like Workingabroad,
Global Vision International, Frontier and others have become
involved in cetacean conservation projects.
Most of those organisations charge a fee for participation in
their conservation projects, but provide good
oportunity to get involved locally.
The majority of the Fiji projects concentrates on Spinner
dolphins these are the most common dolphin species in Fiji.