Dive Site: Vatu Express, Vatu-i-ra, Fiji

Orangespine unicornfish diving vatu express at volivoli fiji islands diveplanit banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Reef Wall with lots of big nooks, crannies and ledges.
Depth: Top: 5MBottom: 22M
Location: Vatu-i-ra northern Viti Levu Fiji

Description

Another one of the best known dive sites in Fiji’s Vatu-i-ra, the Vatu Express is a reef that runs to a point. As with many of the dive sites in Vatu-i-ra, there can be currents, though in many cases your dive guide will keep on the lea side where you can dive in a gentle current and save your legs.

This dive site is called the Vatu Express for when the current is running at Vatu-i-ra. Though it’s not running all the time, as this video of the Vatu Express dive site shows.

(Not sure what it was called at the time we dived – the Vatu Crawl?)

Small reef fish scene diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Vatu Express is a reef wall, but it’s not the kind of wall that is straight along or straight down – more like a scaled down version of the curved and terraced rice paddies that cling to a steep and curving hillside. It has lots of gullies and ledges to explore.

 

Mix of anthias on reef wall diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

If you can take your eyes of all the gorgeous soft coral and teeming anthias for just two minutes, you’ll see that all the usual reef fish are present too.

Emperor Angelfish diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Down the bottom you’ll find friendly giant morays.

Deb admires a moray diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Keep a look out for reefies – you’ll see a few.

White tipped reef shark diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

The coral is in excellent condition.

Perfect acropora with sea fan and diver diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

And you’ll see examples of the local coral called fleshy coral – I’m still trying to work out why.

Local variety of red brain coral diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

I much prefer the fluffy soft stuff.

 

Soft coral reef scene - no fish diving Vatu Express at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit