Scuba or snorkel Beqa Lagoon - voted Top Diving Resort in the World by Scuba Diving Magazine!
16 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.
Dates & Pricing
The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you'll have. Prices are based on double occupancy.
Trip includes: Seven (7) nights accommodations at Beqa Lagoon Resort, all meals and snacks (bottled beverages and alcohol additional), and unlimited use of kayaks, paddleboards, & snorkel gear.
January 27 - February 3, 2024
$2,585 per person
Single supplement is $900
$789 Optional CME Cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)
$500 Optional Special Dive Package
Available from Beqa Lagoon PADI Dive Outfitter:
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.
Available - 5 spots left
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
"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
"I cannot say ENOUGH positive things about this trip. The staff was amazing, instructors and guides very knowledgeable. 20/10 would recommend! "
Caitlin Kendall, RN
"This is a trip of a lifetime. The resort was great and the people of Fiji were amazing. The water and climate are incredible, and the food was delicious. It is also safe and has many things to do. I can't wait to go back!!"
Kyla Betts, RN
Faculty for the Fiji Scuba & Snorkel Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME
Howard J. Donner, MD
Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Featured in two successful NOVA documentaries including; Deadly Ascent, and the critically acclaimed film: Everest: The Death Zone. Medical operations consultant for NASA for 5 years. Medical advisor for Telluride's Search and Rescue team. Staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association for 2 seasons. Began his career as a professional river and mountain guide, now a Certified Flight Instructor and professional skipper. Has advised mountaineers, rescuers, Olympic athletes, pilots and aerospace personnel throughout his career.
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
16 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.
UPCOMING CME DESTINATIONS BY DATE
Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2024
Jan 24 - Feb 4, 2024
Jan 25- Feb 2, 2024
Feb 10 - 14, 2024
Feb 18 - 24, 2024
Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2024
Mar 17 - 24, 2024
Apr 1 - 11, 2024
Apr 14 - 24, 2024
Apr 25 - May 12, 2024
May 29 - June 2, 2024
June 8- 14, 2024
The National Conference on Wilderness Medicine - Big Sky
July 27 - July 31, 2024
June 3 - 8, 2024
July 29 - Aug 8, 2024
Sept 1 - 6, 2024
Sept 1 - 11, 2024
Sept 5 - 15, 2024
Sept 11 - 21, 2024
Sept 12 - 23, 2024
Sept 19 - 27, 2024
Oct 6 - 16, 2024
Oct 6 - 20, 2024
Oct 13 - 24, 2024
Oct 21 - Nov 4, 2024
Jan 26 - Feb 4, 2025
Jan 29 - Feb 9, 2025
April 23 - May 10, 2025
Apr 25 - May 5, 2025
June 7 - 13, 2025
Aug 16 - 26, 2025
Oct 12 - 17, 2025