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Beqa Lagoon is considered one of the world's premier scuba and snorkle locations.


Fiji Scuba Diving and Multi-Sports Adventure
Wilderness and Travel Medicine

June 15 - 24, 2017
February 1 - 10, 2018
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

BEQA LAGOON RESORT
Voted Top Diving Resort in the World!

(Rodales Scuba Diving Magazine - 2002)

Trip cost: $3,399*
INCLUDES ALL LODGING, MEALS, AND ROUND TRIP AIRFARE FROM LA!

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 has 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.

"The absolute diving Mecca.
The richest coral growth I've ever seen"
-Michael Cufer

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 nearby! "Voted one of the best two waves in Fiji." Powerful and fast (with prevailing offshore winds), Frigate Passage (also known as the Fiji "Pipeline") is located on the southwestern barrier reef of the island of Beqa, just a short distance from Beqa Lagoon Resort. Frigate Passage offers the ideal conditions that naturally generate world-class waves.


Local culture:

Fijians 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.

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The local Fijiians are famous for their warmth and friendliness!

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES in addition to world-class scuba!
Fiji Scuba Diving and Multi-Sports Adventure
Wilderness and Travel Medicine Conference

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Beqa Lagoon has been called "the soft coral capital of the world."
Scuba Dive pristine reefs to discover rich marine life and beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy fun-filled days snorkeling, swimming or kayaking the warm waters of the blue lagoon. Hike to beautiful waterfalls, or spend an exciting afternoon deep sea fishing. Surf the world - class "Fijian Pipeline" at Frigate Pass. Water skiing is available. Beqa is also a bird watching haven with the largest varieties of birds in Fiji. You can end the day relaxing in a hammock overlooking the sea or by lounging in the infinity pool.

Snorkeling - One of Beqa's unique features is that beautiful coral reefs thrive just a few feet from the resort beach. Even if you do not scuba dive, snorkeling can offer a wonderful array of marine life, such as clown fish, lion fish, lobsters, live corals and amazing marine life...right in front of the resort! Snorkeling excursions can also easily be arranged to other nearby islands.

World-class Surfing at nearby , world-famous Frigate Passage! Voted one of the best two waves in Fiji!

Sea kayaking - Single or double kayaks are available to explore the neighboring islands and beautiful beaches of Beqa Island. Glide over beautiful coral gardens and enjoy the beauty of nearby pristine bays and beaches.

Deep sea fishing charters with outstanding angling are also available.

Hiking - hike to 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. Incredibly beautiful, deep tropical gorges with gorgeous waterfalls and fun class III rapids. Please visit riversfiji.com

Beqa Lagoon Resort SPA - Fantastic staff with wonderful massage and spa treatments!

Bird watching - Beqa has one of the biggest varieties of species in Fiji

Volleyball, horseshoes and croquet are available on site.

Other Activities include island hopping to nearby islands, hiking and cultural visits to the local villages.

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Snorkeling is fantastic for non-scuba divers.
SAMPLE NON-SCUBA ITINERARY: This can easily be modified or changed on an "ala carte" basis---depending on what your interests are.

Day 1 - Snorkeling is outstanding right in front of the resort! ...or enjoy the beautiful pool overlooking a fantastic ocean view. Get a massage at the SPA

Day 2 - Arrange a custom boat trip for beach day and picnic on an idyllic white sand , palm fringed deserted island nearby. (separate fee)

Day 3 - Take an absolutely world class , professionally guided, whitewater raft trip on the breathtakingly beautiful Navua River. (separate fee)

Day 4 - Take a guided cultural walk to a nearby Fijiian village...The Fijiians 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 - Snorkeling is outstanding right in front of the resort! ...or enjoy the beautiful pool overlooking a fantastic ocean view. Get a massage at the SPA

Day 7 - Take a guided bird / wildlife walk to a beautiful nearby waterfall. Enjoy an evening show of the famous native Fijiian "firewalkers"!





TESTIMONIALS FOR FIJI WILDERNESS AND TRAVEL MEDICINE COURSE AND BEQA LAGOON RESORT

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"Beqa Lagoon has been called the 'soft coral capital of the world..."brilliant dive sites...hundreds of dive sites and brilliant reefs and wrecks in the area"
Nigel Marsh
Pacific Diver Magazine - The Leading Dive Magazine of NZ


"Shark Reef in Beqa Lagoon is rated as the best shark dive in the world, and we would have to agree, it was amazing! A dive at shark reef is unforgettable ... Divers are lined up behind a (natural) rock wall and watch as schools of massive trevally, bass, rainbow runners, massive groupers, and surgeonfish are fed fish scraps out of a large bin... Nurse sharks, lemon sharks, silver tip sharks, bull sharks, and occasional tiger sharks turn up to this feed....Up to 40 bull sharks can appear at times".
Nigel Marsh
Pacific Diver Magazine - The Leading Dive Magazine of NZ


"Beqa Lagoon is a great location. Wonderful and helpful staff and dive crew"
George Reimann, MD
NYC


"Beqa Lagoon Resort is the most beautiful resort I have ever been to....Friendly staff...Fantastic diving" ... "Very educational, useful, and interesting CME"
Thea Berning , MD
Reno, NV


"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


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Surfing at famous Frigate Passage.

Fiji Scuba Diving and Multi-Sports Adventure
Wilderness and Travel Medicine Conference

Trip cost: $3,399* INCLUDES ALL LODGING, MEALS, AND ROUND TRIP AIRFARE FROM LA!

- Includes Round trip land and water transfers TO BEQA ISLAND from Nadi airport

* does not include airline fuel surcharges. These may vary at the time of purchase. They have typically been running $550 per person

* per person, based on double occupancy

Additional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

Seven (7) nights accommodations - Beqa Lagoon Resort

Resort inclusions:
All meals and snacks (bottled beverages and alcohol additional)
Unlimited shore diving, use of kayaks.

Available from Beqa Lagoon PADI Dive Outfitter:
Package of Five (5) Days of 2 tank boat diving (10 tanks total per person) including tanks, weights, belt, dive guide, and refreshments for $500.

Dive certification courses available.


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For detailed itinerary or to register for Fiji please call
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238





Faculty for June 15 - 24, 2017:

Eric A. Weiss, MD, FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Founder/Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine; Medical Advisor, National Geographic Society, Author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.



COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:

  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Snake Envenomation
  • 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
  • Wild Animal Attacks
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations

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
16.50 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.

Wilderness Medicine Fiji CME participants and their guests:

SCUBA OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES IN BEQA AREA, FIJI

Scuba 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 help you, guide you, 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. The participant is completely responsible for independently choosing their own guides or outfitters for any and all Scuba or other ocean activities.

Note that there are several Scuba Dive Guide services in Pacific Harbor, Fiji - which is very close to Beqa Lagoon. Below is a partial listing. None of these are endorsed by Wilderness and Travel Medicine in any way.

FODOR'S "Travel Intelligence" lists the following 2 dive outfitters in the area:

Aquatrek Beqa
Aquatrek Beqa is one of Fiji's major operators, with a second base in Taveuni.
Pearl South Pacific Resort, Queens Rd., Km 145, Pacific Harbor, Viti Levu. 888-0286.
www.aquatrek.com

Beqa Adventure Divers
Lagoon Resort, Queens Rd., Km 144, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu. 345-0911.
www.fiji-sharks.com
Tel./Fax: +679 3450 324
Web site:
www.aquatrekdiving.com

Blue Oceans Scuba Diving lists the following four operators:
www.blue-oceans.com/scuba/fiji/

Beqa Divers mooring is located by the Lake in Pacific Harbour.
Tel.: +679 3361 088
Fax: +679 3361 047

Dive Connections is based in Pacific Harbour and their boat goes out to all the popular sites in Beqa Lagoon.
Tel.: +679 3450 541. Fax: +679 3450 539
Web site:
www.diveconnections.com.fj

South Pacific Adventure Divers (SPAD) is located at The Warwick resort.
Tel.: +679 672 4624
Fax: +679 672 0719
Web site:
www.spaddivefiji.com.fj/

Beqa Lagoon Resort is located on the island of Beqa and their dive operation also dives Beqa. They won a number of diver awards, including top resort, given by the readers of Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine in 2002.
Tel.: +679 3304 042
Fax: +679 3304 028

Fiji has over 300 islands and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet