During my research I have realised we probably don't have the time to do more than one location and we don't have the budget for liveaboard. The two locations that so far really appeal are Bega Lagoon (for the shark dive) and Kadavu Island (for the Astrolabe reef).
The things that we are really interested in diving with are the sharks and mantas. We love the sharks! Actually any big marine life. We also love the coral reefs and diversity of marine life.
We are stopping in Fiji in early Jan (3rd-8th) so my question is, with all above taken into account, what would be the best place to base ourselves at this time of the year? I know that Nov-Dec the Bull Sharks have nearly all vanished due to mating season, but are they back by early January? Are the Manta numbers in Kadavu ok in early January? I know it's not a zoo down there but statistically speaking.
Obviously I don't want to end up going to Bega for example and not seeing the Sharks and knowing that we could have had better odds at Kadavu of seeing Mantas.
Actually, is there some better location in Fiji I haven't looked into?
Your help and experiences will be most appreciated.