Scuba or snorkel Beqa Lagoon - voted Top Diving Resort in the World by Scuba Diving Magazine!
15 CME hours of exciting wilderness and travel medicine presentations each evening (see below for more info)
Choose your daily activities: Sea kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, rafting, or just relaxing with a good book!
Island-hop to explore fabulous beaches, lush hiking trails, and exotic wildlife.
This exciting Wilderness and Travel Medicine course takes place in the secluded Fiji Island Paradise of Beqa (pronounced "Benga"). Surrounded by one of the world's largest and most spectacular barrier reefs, Beqa is rich and untouched.
Beqa Lagoon is actually an extinct volcano crater, and the 40-mile ring reef formed on the lip of the old crater. It is home to one of the greatest displays of soft corals and sea fans in the world. Fiji is often called the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”.
Diving these calm, protected waters is like exploring another world. The water is clear and warm, visibility is often over 100 feet, currents are generally mild, and the water temperature stays near a fairly constant 80 degrees.
The excellent dive staff at Beqa Lagoon Resort will help you discover the incredible marine life that abounds in these waters - fantastic coral and invertebrates, blue ribbon eels, clown triggers, lion fish, leaf scorpions, reef sharks and millions of colorful anthias and fusiliers.
Behind the Beqa Lagoon resort the land slopes gently upward into a tropical forest. Nearby are beautiful fresh-water streams and waterfalls. Tropical flowers bloom everywhere, and the tables at the resort are always filled with fresh cuttings.
World-class surfing is nearby, too! Frigate Passage boasts the ideal conditions that naturally generate consistent waves.
Fiji Multi-Sports & Scuba Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME
DAY 1 Arrive at Beqa Lagoon Resort. Spend the day snorkeling right in front of the resort, enjoying the beautiful pool overlooking an incredible ocean view, or getting a massage at the spa!
DAY 2 Arrange a custom boat trip for a beach day and picnic on a nearby white-sand, palm-fringed deserted island. (separate fee)
DAY 3 Take an absolutely world-class, professionally guided, whitewater rafting trip on the breathtakingly beautiful Navua River. (separate fee)
DAY 4 Take a guided cultural walk to a nearby Fijian village...the Fijians are some of the friendliest people anywhere!
DAY 5 Take a boat ride to an idyllic coral reef on a nearby island for a custom snorkeling expedition. (separate fee)
DAY 6 Take a guided bird and wildlife walk to a beautiful nearby waterfall. Enjoy an evening show of the famous native Fijian "firewalkers"!
DAY 7 Relax and repeat!
DAY 8 Transfer to the airport for your return flight and morning activities as your schedule allows!
Recreation: Much More Than World-Class Scuba!Scuba dive pristine reefs to discover rich marine life and beautiful coral gardens (learn to Scuba onsite!). Enjoy fun-filled days snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding, or kayaking the warm waters of the blue lagoon. Hike to beautiful waterfalls. Spend an exciting afternoon deep sea fishing. Surf some of the best waves in Fiji at Frigate Pass. Birdwatch among the largest varieties of birds in Fiji. End the day relaxing in a hammock overlooking the sea or lounging by the resort's infinity pool.
Snorkeling - One of Beqa's unique features are the thriving, beautiful coral reefs just a few feet from the resort beach. Even if you don't already scuba dive, snorkeling offers a wonderful array of marine life, including clown fish, lion-fish, lobsters, live corals and amazing marine life... all right in front of the resort! Snorkeling excursions can also easily be arranged to other nearby islands.
Surfing at nearby renowned Frigate Passage! Voted one of the best waves in Fiji!
Sea kayaking - Single or double kayaks are available to explore the neighboring islands and beautiful beaches of Beqa Island. Glide over amazing coral gardens and enjoy the beauty of nearby pristine bays and beaches.
Deep-sea fishing charters with outstanding angling are also available.
Hike waterfalls, beaches, tidepools, or visit local villages
Whitewater rafting is truly spectacular on the nearby Navua and Luva Rivers. Rivers Fiji, Inc. offers a wide selection of fantastic day trips, featuring incredibly beautiful, deep tropical gorges with gorgeous waterfalls and fun class III rapids. Please visit riversfiji.com for more information.
Beqa Lagoon Resort Spa - Fantastic staff with wonderful massage and spa treatments!
Bird-watching - Beqa has one of the biggest varieties of bird species in Fiji
Volleyball, horseshoes and croquet are also available on site.
Other activities include island-hopping and cultural visits to the local villages.
Scuba Outfitters and Guides in Beqa Area, FijiScuba diving can be extremely hazardous or even fatal. It is very important for you to independently and carefully choose a SCUBA dive outfitter in the Beqa Lagoon / Pacific Harbor region of Fiji to guide and outfit you for all of your Scuba and ocean activities.
Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC does not endorse any scuba guides or scuba outfitters in the Beqa Lagoon area. Participants are responsible for independently choosing their own guides or outfitters for any and all scuba or other ocean activities if they choose to participate in these activities. For convenience, a list of potential Scuba outfitters is typically included in the trip information materials provided to participants from Bio Bio Expeditions.
Local CultureFijians are well known for their warmth and friendliness. Beqa Island is rich in culture and history. Many of the villagers work in the resort and no stay is complete without a visit to one of their villages. Locals also provide cultural and musical entertainment in the evenings!
Our Wilderness and Travel Medicine lectures will take place each late afternoon and evening.
Fiji Scuba & Snorkel Adventure
Trip Cost: $2,385 (includes lodging, all meals)*
*per person, based on double occupancy.
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
Seven (7) nights accommodations - Beqa Lagoon Resort
All meals and snacks (bottled beverages and alcohol additional)
Unlimited use of kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear, etc.
Available from Beqa Lagoon PADI Dive Outfitter:
Optional Special Diving Package: $500 - Five days of 2 tank boat diving (10 tanks total per person) and unlimited shore diving! Includes tanks, weights/belt, dive guide, and refreshments.
All dive gear and certification courses available.
A few of the publications Bio Bio Expeditions has been featured in:
Testimonials From Your Colleagues
"Beqa Lagoon Resort is the most beautiful resort I have ever been to....Friendly staff...Fantastic diving" ... "Very educational, useful, and interesting CME"
GEORGE REIMANN, MD, NYC
"Beqa Lagoon Resort has the most gracious service I have ever experienced...genuine warmth of entire staff...great food, overly generous portions... Dr. Allred gave smooth and polished presentations with impressive wilderness experience to back it up."
DAVID HAGLE, DO, OREGON
Faculty for the Fiji Scuba & Snorkel Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME
Larry Moore, MD: Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician. Physician advisor/educator for the ambulance services in Teller County Colorado. Spent 4 years as a shipboard doctor for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Sheryl Olson, RN, BSN: Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, Cruise Ship Nurse, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.