Education & Conservation

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 Education & Conservation

We feel that more is better, which is why we have extended our team by one of the most iconic figures in the shark world, Erich Ritter PhD, who is kind enough to supervise our shark conservation efforts and conduct Shark School Fiji, a yearly event, for the first time June 4 - 11, 2016 at Beqa Lagoon Resort.

Learn more about our upcoming event, Shark School Fiji, and shark pope Erich Ritter PhD on our website - www.beqalagoonresort.com.

We are further preparing a shark conservation project with WWF and the University of the South Pacific.

We felt the need to do more research of our own, and are currently in the process of hiring a marine biologist, who’s duty will be to catalog our sharks and create a database, which we’ll share publicly.

We are hoping to get many more sharks to Cathedral :-)

Shark Education & Kids

Beqa Lagoon Resort is home to Kids Sea Camp, holidays for the whole family.

Last July and August we provided shark education for the very first time for parents and kids alike - After a thorough theory segment about sharks and shark behavior, by our GM Dieter Kudler (who ran his own shark dive for almost 10 years), we dove with our Kids Sea Camp guests from age 12 to 80+.

We drove divers to Cathedral, we brought them back to the resort as shark enthusiasts - we then expanded our Cathedral dive to 4 days a week tiger shark diving.

It was an amazing and extremely fulfilling experience - kids talking about nothing but sharks,  adults with big smiles sharing their thrilling shark videos and photos - guests thanking us for the best dive in their lives.

This experience was so rewarding that we have decided to take the program a step further - bringing “the man” to Fiji - Erich Ritter PhD will run the program and has developed special children’s materials - so no matter if you are 5 or 100 years of age - if you like sharks, you should not miss this event.

Kids Shark School Fiji will take place between July 23 and August 6, 2016 at Beqa Lagoon Resort - this event may be booked through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through Kids Sea Camp.

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Eco Tourism & Feeding Sharks

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ECO Tourism

To share in the possible success of our shark dive, we have invited the three Beqa villages that have fishing rights in the area, to discuss a possible protection of the site.

As of now the area is protected as “Beqa Lagoon Resort Protected Area” and fishing at the site is prohibited.

Beqa Lagoon Resort pays a set amount to the villages for each diver participating in our shark experience. This disbursement provides compensation to the villages for loss of income due to non-fishing in the protected areas. 

Feeding Considerations

Feeding wild animals is a very controversial topic.

Do we alter the sharks’ behavior? Should we feed at all? - Valid questions …..

And we feel the right answer is “Yes, we should, in order to make people more aware of sharks”

Our experience and daily interaction with divers shows that feeding is the right thing to do - we attract sharks with food to visit our site and stay in order to see them close up, this proximity makes it possible for every diver to study their behavior their every movement - we provide firsthand education to shark behavior, the basis to de-mystification of sharks. Our divers personally experience how considerate and careful sharks are - far from being senseless killers. 

Experiencing promotes understanding - every diver that visits this site takes home an experience that renders him or her as a shark ambassador - an urgently needed protector of these wonderful animals.

As a side effect, we have learned that feeding sharks in the same location attracts lots of other species of fish, which benefits reef and coral growth.

When it comes to feeding sharks, we are different than other diver operations - we do NOT feed the sharks by hand and we keep the amount of food to a minimum.

Our feeding method is the most “natural” way of attracting sharks to the site - we simulate carcass feeding - a natural occurrence.

Sharks are “cleaning” reefs and sea from dead fish and mammals - feeding on carcasses is a natural shark behavior.

Diving Cathedral, is a “soft” shark feeding - no direct human-shark interaction, no circus tricks, etc. - just watching and learning about our majestic sharks up close and personal with memories to last a lifetime.

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Diving with Tigers

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Diving at Cathedral

We have named the site Cathedral, deriving from the Greek word kathedra (καθέδρα), meaning seat, bench, base.

Beqa Lagoon’s base for shark diving :-)

The dive is currently available Monday/Wednesday/Friday plus special requests. The two tank dive starts 8:00 AM and ends shortly before lunch at a cost of USD150.00. The use of NITROX is recommended.

Minimum requirement for all certified divers is 30 logged dives. Private DMs and dive instructors are available for a fee of USD 30.00 for divers with less experience than required. Video cameras are available at our dive shop for rent.

Dive Briefing

It is about a 15 minute boat ride to Cathedral where we’ll moor at one of the buoys we’ve prepared. 

Our dive crew will review the safety rules that you learned during the shark and site briefing the evening before and off you go either freely descending along the reef contour, or along one of our ascend/descend lines - directly down to our “stone wall”. Your dive guide will show you where to settle down. 

To make your shark experience as safe as possible you will find guards on either side of the stone wall and behind you - our guards carry long sticks with rounded ends, almost like a spoon, just in case we have to direct sharks away. 

Now comes the part where we put some fish loins and bones in the water to attract the sharks to come a little closer. We then fill a big box with fish and lock it. The box is nicely rounded so that the sharks do not hurt themselves when rubbing on the box. 

Now the sharks can see and more importantly smell the food - small fish that fits through the bars of the box will feed and attract the sharks.

Finally the sharks will try to get their snacks from the box - and they can be quite creative :-)

All this action while you are sitting at a safe distance, 5-6 meters/16 to 18 feet from our feeding bin behind our guarded stone wall.

I hope you like my little reef map :-)

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