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

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Site Overview

Site Type: Coral stack in open water
Depth: Top: 5MBottom: 25M
Location: On Midway Reef near Vatu-i-ra in northern Viti Levu Fiji

Description

The Wheatfields dive site on Midway Reef is named after a patch (about the size of a small meadow) of anemones which for all the world look like fields of wheat as they wave in the currents. Like many dive sites near Vatu-I-Ra, there are many different types of colourful soft corals and particularly colourful reef fish of all sizes, from swarms of anthias, to currents of fusiliers streaming up and down the reef wall.

Diver in reef fish diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Wheatfields is a double coral stack with the smaller stack topping out at 12m and the bigger stack at 5m.

Leather corals diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

The bigger stack is very much a stack, rather than a cone, with lots of ledges and overhangs – it almost feels like it’s leaning backwards pushed by the strong current.

Fish silhouetted in portal diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

The site gets its name from the large patch of anemones on top of the bigger stack, which looks for all the world like fields of wheat moving gently in the summer breeze.

Simon across the wheatfields diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

At one point, as we were diving around the stack a barrage of fusiliers literally rained down on us at great speed. Ten seconds later – what goes down, must come up – they shot skyward. Well, they were Lunar Fusiliers after all.

Lunar fusiliers heading moonwards diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

A couple of lucky finds: this Fiji Clown Blenny made an appearance briefly,

Fiji Clown Blenny diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

And, this regal angel actually held still just long enough for me to get a shot in.

Regal angelfish diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

Close to the top of the stack the anthias were going off, it was like being in a fireworks display.

Anthias soup with sea fan diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

We were lucky enough to catch sight of this little vono (turtle) on the surface, just as we surfaced. (The only one in a ten day trip – do hope the little fella reaches maturity)

Vono on the surface diving Wheatfields at Volivoli Fiji Islands by Diveplanit