Dive Site: Nananu-i-ra, Fiji

Sea fan with swim through behind at northwest reef diving nananu i ra fiji banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic coral covered slope
Depth: Top: 6MMedian: 10MBottom: 14M
Location: Reef to the Northwest of the western tip of Nananu-i-ra Island

Description

Nananu-i-ra has a stunning array of corals in such a small space: leather corals, lace corals, red and yellow soft corals, and large sheets of white acropora and small heads of deep purple acropora. The scuba diving is at reasonably shallow depths – perfect for beginners, and nice light for photographers.

Soft leather corals and hard corals at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

A lot of the time, the leather corals were feeding: the polyps extending from the usually smooth and leather-like surface.

Yellow soft coral with leather coral at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Nananu-i-ra is home to distinctly coloured corals, right next to the same species in plainly coloured tones.

Purple acropora at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Often differently coloured lace corals, soft coral and sea fans would cling to the same patch of rock between the hard corals.

Red sea fan with yellow soft coral at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

There are a number of sea anemones home to lots of pink anemonefish.

Pink anemonefish side on at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Also nudis, coral gobies, damsels, sergeants and butterflies.

Swollen Phillydia close up at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

And a warty sea star called Chris.

Warty seastar at Northwest Reef diving Nananu-i-ra in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit