|Site Type:||Scenic Reef and Wall|
|Depth:||Top: 10M Median: 20M Bottom: 40M|
|Location:||On the outer barrier reef|
Namotu is a coral cay perched on the edge of a 1000 m drop off – hence Namotu Wall – with prolific fish life, reef sharks, turtles and schools of barracuda. The site is on the outer barrier reef past Namotu Island and its popular surf break. It is a little further away from Malolo Island but worth doing as a second dive as the trip there will take up some of your surface interval time. The reef slopes down gently towards the drop off – the wall part of the dive – and like most of the sites in the Mamanucas – there are plenty of schooling fish, turtles and reef sharks.
This turtle was the first thing I saw when I descended, swimming over the drop off.
In the dips and gullies along the wall you’ll find moray eels, large crayfish…
…and lots of schooling fusiliers and banner fish.
I was also lucky enough to see two quite different species of bannerfish, pennant and humphead bannerfish, … schooling together, feeding off the coral and being cleaned by little cleaner wrasse.
Closer to the surface you’ll also find the odd sweetlips mooching about.