A 3.5-metre shark careens toward a group of divers, its powerful, tiger-striped body guided by an upturned snout and two beady eyes. This isn’t an attack – the tiger shark is merely curious – but the divers’ adrenaline surges all the same as they sink behind the rock wall they’re grasping. The shark cruises over and circles back to join bull, black tip, nurse and lemon sharks, along with of tropical fish, in a controlled and awe-inspiring feeding frenzy.
With more than 330 islands, a rich, ancient culture and showstopping scenery both on land and below its incredibly blue waters, you could easily spend an eternity exploring fabulous Fiji. But if forever isn’t feasible, don’t despair: even if you’re en route to elsewhere, a layover in the ‘Land of Smiles’ is a holiday unto itself.