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Exploring the Namena Barrier Reef

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In good weather this long narrow, open water reef provides an ideal environment for larger fish and smaller sharks, like silver tip sharks and grey reef sharks. There are a couple of popular diving and snorkelling sites along the reefs ridge, but as with all open water snorkelling you need to either have experience yourself or go with an experienced guide to get the best out of your water time, this will also help with directions to the places I will mention. In an area near the edge of the reef are three long thin bommies the tops of which are only about six feet below the surface, these bommies, called Chimneys are home to nudibranches, clown fish, hard and soft corals and elegant pipe fish which are among my favourite small fish to watch. A bit deeper below the surface you’ll catch site of barracudas and maybe a grey reef shark. At the other side of the reef is a much larger single bommie called Magic Mound which is about thirty feet wide, on the flat top of which lives an intricate array of coral, twisted lace sea fans and hard and soft corals amongst the coral caps which make good homes to lionfish. This site is where I saw the most sharks during my most recent trip to Fiji in 2005.

Written by  Daniella May.

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“Mountains of soft coral”

Fiji advertises itself as being the soft coral capital of the world and this area truly lives up to that claim. I visited Namena Reef while aboard the Nai'a. I found this to be one of the best places in Fiji to dive. There were large schools of fish and… Read more...

Written by  Bonnie Pelnar.

“Namena Barrier Reef and North Save a Tack”

Namena is in the migratory path of both whale and dolphin species, is lined with islands where turtles come to lay their eggs and just thrives with life. There are something like 400 different kinds of coral growing on the reef and thousands of differe… Read more...

Written by  Nick Shaw.

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