The Fiji Islands are surely the essence of a tropical island paradise; white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees and pristine oceans. Fiji has some of the most beautiful, untouched and diverse reef ecosystems on earth. There are over 400 species of coral found in Fiji, and in particular, the soft coral is spectacular. There are over 35 species of angel and butterfly fish alone and numerous pelagics. In the latter category one may find barracudas, jacks, sharks, rays, bottlenosed dolphins, spinner dolphins, pilot whales and turtles.