Fiji Australia Vacation Packages: Sydney, Beaches, and Diving

The ultimate bucket list trip for divers, this vacation includes unparalleled diving in the Great Barrier Reef, plus a dive package in the soft coral capital of the world!

This Fiji Australia Vacation Packages: Sydney, Beaches, and Diving vacation is one of our favorite trips for scuba diving! It was created for 2 divers from Kansas City who wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef and some of the pristine coral reefs of Fiji.

First, they traveled to the one and only Great Barrier Reef and started their trip on Heron Island, a coral cay located directly on the reef. Here, they had incredible access to the Great Barrier Reef with amazing dive sites just a short boat trip from the beach. They stayed here 5 nights and had 7 dives, so they were able to truly experience the beauty of the one and only Great Barrier Reef. They were also treated to a special surprise when they saw turtle hatchlings making their first trip out to the ocean!

Next for their Fiji Australia Vacation Packages: Sydney, Beaches, and Diving vacation, they stopped off in cosmopolitan Sydney for some land-based adventure. They saw the highlights of this iconic city, did an aquarium shark dive at Manly Oceanworld, and visited the famous Bondi Beach to soak up some sun.

Then, they flew to Fiji, where they stayed at the fabulous Matangi Private Island Resort. This authentic Fiji resort offers incredibly warm and genuine hospitality, not to mention some of the world’s best diving! They had 3 days of diving in the soft coral capital of the world, and were able to see the world-famous Great White Wall and Noel’s Wall. They captured some amazing shots of the colorful marine life! On land, they explored lush rainforest, had a romantic picnic on the stunning Horseshoe Bay Beach, and enjoyed a traditional Fiji kava ceremony.

At last, it was time to say goodbye to their paradise in Fiji and head back home. They couldn’t stop talking about their bucket list diving trip in Australia and Fiji!

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Australia! Arrive into Brisbane and catch a short flight to Gladstone. From there, enjoy a fun boat transfer to Heron Island, a natural coral cay located directly on the Great Barrier Reef. This is diver’s paradise! In the crystal clear waters are stunning coral gardens and marine life of all colors and sizes. When you aren’t underwater, you can enjoy one of the many pristine beaches or other activities at the resort. Evenings see beach volleyball, live acoustic music, and a laid-back atmosphere.
Heron Island Resort

Day 2 – 5
On Heron Island, you don’t have to go far to explore the Great Barrier Reef—it starts right off the beach! There are plenty of dive sites to explore, more than half of which are just 15 minutes from the beach. The waters around Heron Island are teeming with reef fish, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, and an endless variety of marine invertebrates. Your dive package includes 7 dives per person, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to delight in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

For your time on dry land, try these optional activities: guided birdlife walks, island ecology walks, wildlife presentations, or turtle spotting. Heron Island is a turtle nesting ground, so at the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to see a turtle lay her eggs, or watch them hatch and scuttle to the ocean!
Heron Island Resort

Day 6
Your adventure continues to spectacular Sydney today. Cosmopolitan and aesthetically appealing, Sydney is a feast for the eyes with plenty to offer any type of traveler. Discover Sydney’s colorful colonial past, miles of beautiful beaches, historic buildings and landmarks, award-winning restaurants, easygoing lifestyle, and vibrant culture.
The Grace Hotel Sydney

Day 7
Haven’t gotten your fix of sharks yet? Take the ferry to Manly Beach for a shark dive at Oceanworld! The colony of grey nurse sharks range in size from 1 to 3 meters, and when you do your shark dive, you’ll be entering their domain—without cages. You’ll not only meet grey nurse sharks, but also scuba dive with other local marine life, including sea turtles, massive stingrays, Port Jackson sharks, wobbegong sharks, and hundreds of amazing sea creatures.
The Grace Hotel Sydney

Day 8
Today is yours to explore Sydney at your leisure. Take a self-guided walking tour of The Rocks Historic District, visit the famous Bondi Beach, or shop the boutiques of Oxford Street.
The Grace Hotel Sydney

Day 9
Today, hop on a flight to Fiji! Fly into Nadi and catch a connecting flight to Taveuni Island, where you’ll be whisked away by boat to Matangi Private Island Resort. This exclusive, privately owned 240-acre island is a unique horseshoe shape and boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and fringing coral reefs with some of the world’s best diving.
Matangi Private Island Resort

Day 10 – 13
Enjoy 3 days of excellent scuba diving, with plenty of time to relax at the resort or enjoy other island activities between dives. Your stay includes 3 days of morning dives. Within a 20-mile radius of Matangi Island are countless dive sites, including the world-famous Great White Wall and Noel’s Wall. To ensure the best diving experience, dive sites are chosen according to daily tidal movements and prevailing weather conditions.

In addition to your diving adventures, you can enjoy complimentary activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding; explore the gorgeous private island on foot on your own or with a local Fijian guide; take a catamaran sailing excursion; indulge in a private picnic on Horseshoe Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; visit nearby islands and local villages; enjoy a traditional kava ceremony; or, simply relax at the luxurious resort.
Matangi Private Island Resort

Day 14
Say goodbye to your new family in Fiji! A 20-minute boat ride takes you back to Taveuni Island, where you’ll fly back to Nadi and then catch your connecting flight back home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Does not include the cost of airfare

Based on
14 day stay
2 travelers

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