Dive Site: Namotu Wall, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

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Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef and Wall
Depth: Top: 10MMedian: 20MBottom: 40M
Location: On the outer barrier reef

Description

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.

Turtle diving Namotu Wall at Malolo Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

In the dips and gullies along the wall you’ll find moray eels, large crayfish…

Crayfish from front diving Namotu Wall at Malolo Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

…and lots of schooling fusiliers and banner fish.

Fusiliers above a reef diving Namotu Wall at Malolo Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

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.

Pennant bannerfish at the cleaners diving Namotu Wall at Malolo Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Closer to the surface you’ll also find the odd sweetlips mooching about.

Oriental sweetlips on coral diving Namotu Wall at Malolo Fiji Islands by Diveplanit