Dive Site: Makogai, Fiji

Mixed coral scene at Makogai Bay diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic sloping coral covered reefs
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 22M
Location: On the reef to the west of the settlement on Makogai Island

Description

Makogai is surrounded by very nice reefs some with steep sided drop-offs which makes for great diving all around the island. Practically all the reefs around Makogai are diveable, and as there are few visitors, they are in excellent condition. With gently sloping reef walls from 5m to 25m it makes for very easy diving suitable for all levels of dive experience.

Coral covered bommies at Makogai Bay diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There is a wide variety of coral species including a few soft corals and large brightly coloured sea fans dot the underwater marine-scape.

Variety of corals at Makogai Bay diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

As you would expect, there’s lots to see: a school of yellow eye bar surgeons and a clown trigger fish come steaming through before we even get to the bottom.

Yellow sea fan and yellow fins at Makogai Bay diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

White tipped reef sharks patrol at a depth of about 20 m and if you keep your eye out you are sure to spot one.

Bushy coral with diver at Makogai Break or Passage diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There are also many turtles in this area and in fact during the afternoon we spotted a research group on Makogai who were taking DNA samples from turtles and tagging them prior to releasing them back into the bay.

Bright orange seafan at Makogai Bay diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Diving along the reef edge at Makogai there are ledges where you might find a sweetlips hiding, or holes with a moray.

Moray very close at Makogai Break or Passage diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There’s usually a spot on top of the reef where you can do your safety spot stop and enjoy the reef fish such as the anthias, the idols and the sergeants in the glorious technicolour of the bright Fijian sunlight.

Coral scene with orange anthias at Makogai Bay diving Makogai in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit