The high island of Beqa (be-nga), about 7.5km south of Pacific Harbour is visible from the Queens Road and even from Suva on a clear day. The island is about 7km in diameter, with a deeply indented coastline and rugged interior that slopes steeply down to the coast. The villagers of Rukua, Naceva and Dakuibeqa are known for their tradition of fire-walking. It’s now performed chiefly for tourists at the Coral Coast resorts.
Beqa is also known for the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, established in 2004. Eight species of shark are found on the reef, and local villages provide wardens to prevent illegal fishing. All dives that visit the reef include a fee that goes towards the reef community fund.