Dive Site: Mantaray House Reef, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

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Site Overview

Site Type: Singular and different scenic reefs on a sandy bottom
Depth: Bottom: 16M
Location: To snorkel walk right off the beach anywhere south of where the boats are moored.

Description

Walk off the beach at Mantaray Island Resort and you’re on the Mantaray House Reef. This large coral reef is home to over 200 species of marine life and can be dived and snorkeled straight off the beach.

If diving, typically, there’s a little current flowing either north or south and so you can walk to the end of the Mantaray Island Resort, hop in and drift directly back to the Mantaray Dive Shop. Or do the converse.

Around the periphery of the reef you might see a White tipped reef shark

White tipped reef shark diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Look closing anywhere and everywhere and you see lots of really tiny stuff too, like this Sapphire flatworm

Sapphire flatworm diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There are Anemonefish with neon damsels …

Anemonefish with neon damsels diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

And most of the corals on the Mantaray House Reef are still in good condition, so be really careful where those fins are pointing.

Corals in cones diving Mantaray Island House Reef Snorkel at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There are probably over 200 species of critter depending on where you’re looking: an Octopus could be hiding anywhere; but this speckled sandperch will be on the sand between coral heads,

Speckled sandperch diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

You could meet this Titan triggerfish anywhere – he’ll be on the move

Titan triggerfish diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

This Tribe of pennant bannerfish were just hovering in formation close to a cleaning station

Tribe of pennant bannerfish diving Mantaray Island House Reef Snorkel at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

An Orange lined trigger – again they roam far and wide

Orange lined trigger diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

These Honeycomb rabbitfish travel in pairs – never far apart

Honeycomb rabbitfish diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There are many Bleeker’s parrotfish – recognisable by the pale patch on the cheek – also seem always to be on the move

Bleeker's parrotfish diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

In the middle of the reef, the resort staff have Giant clam beds – literally! Please don’t disturb the in-mates.

Giant clam beds - literally diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

At night, the house reef is almost like another reef. Almost all the reef fish have disappeared to be replaced by the flat sculptured slipper lobsters, ornate crabs, weird stonefish and things like this Zebra lionfish

Zebra lionfish diving Mantaray Island House Reef at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

We caught sight of this octopus – master of disguise trying and almost succeeding in emulating a piece of House Reef

Gloomy octopus - master of disguise diving Mantaray Island House Reef Night Dive at Yasawa Islands Fiji Islands by Diveplanit