Frequently Asked Questions About…

… The Diving Environment

What will the weather be like?
Tokoriki Island is part of the Mamanuca Group, which receives more sunshine each year than any other part of Fiji. There are two main seasons: the winter season (May–Oct) and the summer season (Nov–Apr). In winter the average day time temperature is around 27C/81F, is generally sunny and breezy although low pressure systems can bring rain. In summer whilst there is always a chance of a cyclone there is usually less wind with hot sunshine and higher humidity. It rains more often but mainly at night. In summer the average day time temperature is around 30C/86F.
Should we expect rough seas?
Tokoriki Island lies in Bligh Water—a large lagoon protected by barrier reefs—our seas are generally calm, with little swell. Differing wind directions can affect the choice of dive site but very rarely are dives cancelled due to the weather.
What about currents?
Dive sites for beginners have no current at all, while some of our dive sites for certified divers have a mild to moderate current. No special training is required.
What will the visibility be like?
Visibility is generally excellent, averaging around 20–25 metres/65–82 feet, and it can get as much as 40 metres/130 feet. Awesome! Generally winter brings better visibility although winds can affect this.
How warm is the sea and what exposure suits should we bring?
Sea temperatures range from 25C/77F in August up to 30C/86F in February. Any thermocline is negligible. If hiring our gear we provide 3mm neoprene shorties and 5mm neoprene full suits. Some people find a lycra suit is adequate although if you feel the cold you may want to opt for neoprene.

… Dive Equipment

What gear do you have for hire?
Many divers like to hire their gear when they arrive at Tokoriki. We have full range of quality equipment available. Our regulators are Sherwood Brut, Magnums and Oasis with Suunto Computers as standard for certified divers. Computers and gauges are metric (metres and bar). Our BCDs are Aqua-Lung Waves and we have a selection of full-foot Mares Avanti fins and masks. Please note however we do not have prescriptions lenses. Exposure suits offered are 3mm neoprene shorties or 5mm full length suits. Hard lead weights and weight belts, and aluminium (80 cubic feet and 65 cubic feet) tanks with International k-valves are provided for all divers. Flash Lights are also available for hire.
Do you sell any dive equipment?
We do sell spares—fin straps, mouthpieces, mask straps etc as well as log books, PADI Course Books and Dive merchandise.
If I bring my own dive gear where can I store it?
We will take care of the setting up, dismantling, cleaning, drying and storing of your dive equipment, although you’ll probably want to hang on to your mask, snorkel and fins for snorkeling.

… Diving

I haven’t dived in a few years—can you give me a Refresher?
Of course, we encourage any one who is a little rusty to take a 20 minute refresher. They are complimentary.
Do you offer night dives?
Nights dives are great at Tokoriki and we always enjoy doing them. We do however require a minimum of two divers.
My partner isn’t a diver—is it possible for him/her to tag along?
No problem, as long as there is space in the dive boat. Not every site, however, is suitable for snorkeling.
How long do dive trips take at Tokoriki?
In the mornings we do one or two tank dives depending on demand. Dives leave at 9.00am, 11.00am and 2.00pm. Allow 1½–2 hours per dive trip for single tank dives; 3½–4 hours for two tank dive trips.
What is the Divemaster/Instructor to diver ratio?
The Divemaster/Instructor to diver ratio is generally 4:1, with a maximum number of divers on the dive boat being generally 10.
Do you recommend medical insurance for diving?
Absolutely. It is essential that you have sufficient travel insurance to cover scuba diving, as well as any other more adventurous activities that you plan to do. It is important that your policy also includes medical evacuation.
What dive depth am I allowed to dive to?
This depends on your dive training level. In compliance with PADI standards, we allow for a maximum of 12 m/ 40 ft for a PADI Discover Scuba Diver and certified Scuba Diver; a maximum of 18 m/ 60 ft for an Open Water Diver and a maximum of 30 m/ 100 ft for an Advanced Open Water Diver. It is important to note that your dive medical insurance will only cover you to the depth which you have been trained to dive to, unless you are completing further training with a PADI Instructor.
Will you take me diving if I haven’t got my certification card?
If you are from a certifying agency other than PADI, If you have lost your card contact your Certifying Agency at home to issue you a letter of verification. We will accept this and/or log book as proof.
If you are PADI certified we should be able to look your details up on PADI Dive Chek©.
Should we book our diving in advance?
Pre bookings are not essential for general divers, although we always like to know that you are coming. So please feel free to e-mail us if you so wish. Anyone wishing to do a PADI Course is advised to book in advance.
How do we pay for our diving?
Dive receipts are added on to your Tokoriki Island Resort room charge. Payment is in Fijian dollars (cash, credit or debit card) and is settled at the end of your stay. Alternatively if you want to prepay for your diving in advance of your arrival we can organise this for you.

… Fishing

Do I need to bring my own gear?
It’s up to you. Our gear is all good quality and well maintained. For trolling we use Shimano Tiagras and Tyrnos with 15–24kg, 30–50lb line class rods. If you want to bring lighter gear for trolling then you are most welcome. In skilled hands a heavy bait caster or big spinning reel with 50-80lb braid can stop most of the fish in our waters. For lures he have settled on Halcos and Rivers2Sea. But any good salt water minnow or skirted lure is going to catch fish.
Can I fish off the beach?
Tokoriki Island Resort fringing reef and nearby patch reefs have been made into a marine reserve. Please note that fishing is not allowed in this area.
Can I use hand lines?
No, as mentioned above we discourage guests from hand line fish on the reefs around Tokoriki Island Resort. This is for environmental reasons.
Can I catch and release?
Yes, we encourage catch and release, although it is sometimes difficult for the Fijians to understand this. If you want to practice catch and release you will need to advise your fishing guide accordingly. You should note that we have a strict catch and release policy on all bill fish, sharks and GTs. To facilitate this, all of our poppers have debarbed hooks.
How does the pricing work?
Pricing works on a per boat charter basis. You have two options:
  1. To charter the boat for yourself.
  2. To share the charter boat fees with others
Unless you tell us otherwise we will divide the charter rate up by the number of guests on board (up to four sport fishing, two for light tackle fishing) and charge you accordingly.
If you require us to link you up with other anglers to share the charter rate, not a problem, just let us know.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
We have a 40% cancellation policy on early morning fishing charters.
What happens if the weather is bad?
For early morning trips your fishing guides will assess the weather and if they consider it too rough, they’ll simply allow you to sleep in. You should note that we do go out in moderate seas and rain. If you are only a fair weather fisherman you need to advise us ahead of time.
Can I eat my catch?
Absolutely. Providing you have caught some 'eating fish' then we will take you and your fish to the kitchen to meet with the Chef. For a surcharge your fish can be prepared for lunch. We request that any leftover fish stay with the fishing crew. You should note that certain species of fish are poisonous to eat. Our Tokoriki chefs will advise you as to how best to cook your fish. Please note that we uphold a strict catch and release policy on all billfish, GTs and sharks.