Ultimate Encounters: Snorkel with Sharks

Day Experience and Packages

Get ready for your 'Ultimate Encounter' which has you up close and personal with reef sharks in their natural environment!

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Departing Port Denarau daily you'll board our high-speed catamaran and travel through the Mamanuca Islands bound for Barefoot Kuata Resort in the southern Yasawa Islands. 

Kuata Island boasts a picture perfect beach, transparent turquoise waters, unusual rock formations and the same warm hospitality synonymous with Fijian people. There is rustic 'Robinson Crusoe' styled accommodation with the comforts of a restaurant, bar, hammocks and three swimming pools. 

Following a briefing on the beachfront you’ll board a boat with your guides and travel to our snorkelling with reef sharks site. Departure times vary depending on tides and sea conditions.

For the remainder of the day, enjoy lunch and make use of the facilities at Barefoot Kuata Resort which offers great snorkelling, kayaks and scenic walking tracks.

Is it safe?

Yes! You’ll be provided with safety instruction from our experienced guides who’ve spent hundreds of hours getting to know the resident school of sharks. Guides will be in the water with you the entire time and will closely monitor the sharks behaviour to ensure your safety.

What type of sharks will I see?

There are two main species of sharks encountered, White Tip Reef Sharks and Black Tip Reef Sharks, both are common in the tropical warm waters of the South Pacific. They can grow to a length of up to 1.8 metres although under the water they appear 25% larger due to a snorkelling face mask's optical illusion. Whitetips are the dominant species and are an inquisitive shark not frightened to check you out while Blacktips are by contrast timid and will shy away if they feel threatened.

How many sharks will I see?

Numbers vary but it is common to see multiple sharks. As sharks are wild animals we cannot guarantee sightings, however we have a 95%+ success rate of seeing them. 

How deep is the water?

Both Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks prefer shallower waters making snorkelling easy with good visibility. It’s even possible to see the sharks from our boat before entering the water. Water depth varies between 4 - 6 metres depending on the tide.

What if I’m not a good swimmer, haven’t snorkelled before or don’t want to snorkel but my travelling companion does?

Buoyancy aids are available for less confident swimmers and because these sharks prefer shallow waters there’s no necessity to dive under the water to secure a thrilling view. Non-snorkellers can join the day but sit out the snorkelling experience by booking the Barefoot Kuata Day Cruise.


Departs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only from 01 April 2022 until 30 June 2022
Daily departures re-commencing from 01 July 2022

Port Denarau 8:45am 6.00pm
South Sea Island 9.15am 5.30pm
Beacomber & Treasure Islands       9.30am 5.15pm

Food and Drink 

A delicious two course lunch with a vegetarian option is included. If you require your meals as a vegetarian option, please specify in the "special requirements" box when you go through the booking process.


Prices are per person, include taxes and are in Fijian Dollars. Child age is 5 to 15 inclusive. Infants 0-4 years inclusive are complimentary, however their meals are additional and can be purchased directly from the resort. 

Valid for Travel 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023: 

Ultimate Encounters Adult Child
Day Experience – Snorkel with Sharks (Stadnard Class) $325 $195
Day Experience – Snorkel with Sharks (Captains Lounge*) $345 $215
Day Experience – Barefoot Kuata No Snorkelling with Sharks (Standard Class) $239 $139
Day Experience – Barefoot Kuata No Snorkelling with Sharks (Captains Lounge*) $259 $159

 *The Captains Lounge Option includes upgraded seating to the air-conditioned "Captains Lounge" which is on the upper deck on the Yasawa Flyer. The lounge has large wrap-around windows, comfortable couches, and offers a selection of complimentary snacks and alchpholic and non alchoholic drinks during the cruise.

Bookings paid by credit card or international debit card will incur a 3% administration fee (non-refundable). All prices are in Fijian Dollars and include taxes.


Return pre-booked coach transfers
to/from Port Denarau to most Nadi, Denarau and Wailoaloa hotels/resorts
All snorkelling equipment and buoyancy aids if required
Return scenic cruise to Kuata Island Guided Ultimate Encounters snorkelling with sharks experience
Lunch at Barefoot Kuata Resort Full use of Barefoot Kuata Island facilities
Participation certificate Complimentary Wi-Fi on board the vessel

Weather & sea conditions permitting. 

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