Namena Marine Reserve
Namena Marine Reserve is Fiji’s largest marine park and home to some of the best diving Fiji has to offer. The dives we make will be based on the currents and conditions, but you can expect to see plenty of macro species including ribbon eels, garden eels, and fire gobies. We are also likely to see several species of sharks and it is a popular spot for our hammerheads, schools of yellowfin tuna, barracuda, and jacks are prevalent as well.
The Namena Marine Reserve can be divided into two halves:
North Save-A-Tack (NSAT)
Offers a diverse reef structure and a steep reef wall. We descend to 30 meters (100’) to watch for large pelagic life. Schools of big eye jacks congregate here as do hundreds of unicorns, surgeons, and red tooth triggerfish.
Enjoy time at Grand Central Station, Fiji Gold, School House, Yellow Brick Road, Oz, Kansas, and The Arch – a delectable fish soup – with schools of barracuda, trevally, parrotfish, triggerfish, bannerfish, octopus, Napoleon wrasse, turtles and don’t be surprised if hammerhead sharks pop by to say, Bula!. Colorful damsel fish hover over the corals in clusters, whilst dog tooth tuna, Spanish mackerel, white tip, and grey reef sharks patrol the reef edge.
South Save-A-Tack (SSAT)
Typically shallower than NSAT and known for its soft coral of every color imaginable.
There is a very good chance that you have seen photos of this site if you have ever read a dive magazine on Fiji. The site consists of 5 large coral pinnacles extending downwards from just 3 meters (10’) and covered with soft corals and crinoids. Tuna, barracuda, white tip reef sharks, turtles, moray eels, lionfish, banded sea crates are all regular residents. The white flat sandy bottom is carpeted with millions of inquisitive garden eels and the pinnacles themselves are covered with soft coral in every color imaginable. Like at many sites here, divers could easily spend an entire dive in water no deeper than 12-meters (20’).