Taveuni diving, however, is not just about the colourful coral - these nutrient-rich waters boast plenty of pelagic fish species. Expect to come across barracuda, reef sharks, manta rays and turtles. Humpback and pilot whales can also be seen from July to September.
The Great White Wall is the best site to dive in the Rainbow Reef area. The site has to be hit at precisely the correct conditions and current. You are dropped off and proceed to a swim-through at 12m. The swim-through is adorned with hard and soft corals as well as colourful sponges and crinoids - you may even get to see the resident lionfish inside. Once through, you veer left. Your first thought is that you may be looking at a hill covered in snow. The wall is mostly covered in what looks like white corals, but they’re actually mostly lavender, splashed in with colours of orange, red and green. As you drift by the wall, take a moment to look down and witness it disappear into the dark depths. Did you know?Corals are sometimes mistaken for plants with their branch-like features, or rocks for the hard calcium carbonate skeletons some create around their soft bodies, but they are animals!Essential informationLocation: Taveuni, Fiji Depth: 10m-30m Diver level: Advanced Who to dive with Garden Island Resort www.gardenislandresort.com
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