Bligh Waters Dive Sites
Here is where you can dive and watch an extraordinary interplay of ecosystems.
Named after the famous Captain Bligh of The Bounty, the Bligh Waters are a stretch of sea that separates Fiji’s 2 main islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. There area few resorts scattered around here and there in this large area, it is mostly dove through Fiji’s liveaboard operators. Here there is incredible nutrient-rich waters. These waters feed huge numbers of smaller fishes, which in turn feed the larger fish. Here is where you can dive and watch this extraordinary interplay of ecosystems.
Due to the strong currents, not all the dive sites in Bligh Waters are particularly suitable for beginners, but the reefs are a playground for experienced scuba divers, especially photographers seeking pristine conditions and uncrowded sites.
BLIGH WATERS DIVE SITES
Breath Taker – The main area consisting of three coral blocks are at a depth of 25-30 m. The wall is up to about 100 m deep. Here you find white and black tip sharks, grey reef sharks, schools of barracuda and spanish mackerel. The last coral block shows gigantic purple coral fans.
Cat’s Meow, Human Nature, Undeniable – Three magnificent dive sites that lie on the northern barrier reef that defines Bligh Water’s. These sites feature both main barrier reefs with good protection from swell and current plus small off-lying bommies smothered in life.
E6 – This seamount is rising from 1000m to the surface. It has a wide variety of exciting dive sites to follow. This mountain is also called Photographers Heaven. One of the highlights is a large swim-though lined in gorgonian fans and soft coral, with soft-coral trees growing up from the floor.
Golden Dreams – The walls and roofs of the tunnels are covered with the yellow beauties. It’s the home of barracudas and Spanish mackerel, turtles, stingrays and sharks. The dive site starts at 21 m depth.
Mellow Yellow – This dive site is home to countless, beautifully colored reef fish. With luck, white tip reef sharks can also be seen. For the macro lovers various types of nudibranches and leaf fish can be admired.
Mount Mutiny – Mount Mutiny is a seamount similar in many ways to E-6, yet much smaller. The highlight of Mount Mutiny is the Rainbow Wall, a wall of unusual thin-stalked Chironepthya soft coral in a broad range of colors, which blanket the south flank of Mount Mutiny for a distance of 200 meters in depths.
Vatu-i-Ra Channel – There are seven very distinct dives on the Vatu-i-ra barrier reef, several of which are among the best coral-reef dives in the world. Currents regularly flush the area, which is why the reefs are so healthy.
Ceaser’s Rocks – A series of spectacular coral heads riddled with tunnels and caverns. Covered in soft corals of every imaginable color! Great dive site for macro-photography. You will come across nudibranchs, lionfish, leopard sharks, sea snakes, clown triggerfish, sweetlips, shrimp, among many others.
Frigate Passage – Giant gorgonian fans and ancient black coral bushes offer shelter to hundreds of fish species. The seemingly endless wall offers an excellent 2 or 3 tank destination. Rock formations scattered with hard and soft coral canyons and cuts to explore. Reef sharks, turtles, barracuda and jacks.
Gunbarrel – An adrenalin dive for the first part of the dive as you fly through an underwater canyon, herding the schools of snapper and surgeonfish through the narrow underwater gorge. Grey reef and white tip sharks glide up and down the walls.
Nasici Rocks – Overhangs and caverns covered in fans and soft corals; colorful anemones and sea whips along with a host of reef fish of every shape, size and color!
Side Streets – An infamous dive site consisting of dozens of coral heads covered in marine life. Sea snakes, variety of angelfish, banner fish, cleaner shrimp, sweetlips, boxfish, fusiliers, and much more.
Soft Coral Grotto – There are a number of coral heads that rise to within a couple of meters of the surface, at this site. Several of them have swim-throughs and overhangs.
The Coral Gardens – Three fingers of lava once streamed into the ocean and are now covered with a variety of hard and soft coral species. Rays, sharks and big schools of barracuda are the keepers of the Coral Garden. Schools of trevally, snappers and tunas abound.
Turtle Patch – The hard coral is pristine and Turtles abound. Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Nurse Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks and White Tips are frequently seen.
Wrack Tasu No. 2 – Frigates Reef is also home to the TASU II deliberately sunk in 1994 to cater to divers. TASU II was a 200-ton Taiwanese fishing vessel. She sits upright, on a sandy bottom, in about 25m of water next to Yanuca Island. A well-protected spot with excellent visibility, the TASU II is home to an amazing variety of aquatic life. The opportunity for underwater photo enthusiasts is fantastic. The ever-elusive Ornate Ghost Pipefish can be spotted here, along with schools of spadefish, grouper, scorpion fish, moray eels, lion fish and garden eels.
Black Magic Mountain – What Black Magic Mountain lacks in coral it more than makes up for with it’s abundance of schooling fish. Black Magic Mountain is home to several huge schools of pelagic fish like big eye jacks, pick-handle barri’s, fusiliers, Anthias as well as several different species of sharks and eagle rays.
G6 – Amazing purple soft corals cover the side of this dive site with lots of golden Scalefin Anthias swimming through them make this another beautiful dive site. Often found off in the blue are Thread Fin and Big Eyed Jacks, and schooling Barracudas. Also, hidden in the reef are several species of scorpionfish and nudibranchs.
Pure Magic – When the currents are running right the Wananavu Dive Boys and Pure Magic delivers, well, Pure Magic. Whether your looking for schools of Fusiliers, White Tip Reefs Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Turtles or schools of umpteen other types of fish divers all get a kick out of what they find on this Fiji dive site. Underwater photographers may also find themselves snapping away at the Oriental Sweetlips cleaning station or the dozens of macro critters hidden amongst the reef with the Moray Eels and more.
Nasi Yalodina Wreck – A medical supply ship that met her demise in 2001 when she ran aground on the reef she now lays next to in 100ft (30m) of water. Large soft coral trees grow along the wreck where nurses once occupied and the highlight of the wreck is the soft coral encrusted ships propeller where you can often find many spotted sweetlips and angel fish hiding out. On the reef several white tip and grey reef sharks roam along with a turtle and schooling Great Barracudas.
Wheatfield – Named for the soft corals covering the top of this reef (15ft, 5m) that wave in the current. Visibility ranging 80ft+ (24m) and a great place to find several species of lion fish, and resident ribbon moray eels.
Neptune’s Rhapsody – A series of coral bommies with schools of Anthias living within soft corals on top of the bommies and many swim-throughs hiding along the bottoms. a great dive site to find different species of nudibranchs and other invertebrates and also larger animals like white tip reef sharks.
Dream Maker – Framed by large sea fans and coral windows they look no farther than Dream Maker. For a special treat swim to the current side of Dream Maker and watch the fish swirl around you as they feed on the nutrients being blown by. Just don’t forget to look down once and a while to see if the resident White Tip Reef Shark or the Neploean Wrasse comes along to check things out. Lots of Gorgonian fans decorate the crevasse making for some spectacular wide angle underwater photography.
Golden Dreams – The highlight of this dive is the current side rock face with many yellow soft coral trees and the near-by swim-though lined with the same soft corals. Many of Fiji’s dive sites in this area have a plethora of swim-thoughs and Golden Dreams is no exception.
The Las World – A series of six pinnacles covered in healthy hard and soft corals teaming with reef fish and Anemone fish makes for a beautiful dive site. During exploratory dives, crew found table top corals more than 8ft diameter, large sea fans and a beautiful ridge of stag horn corals connecting two of the closer pinnacles. What makes Las World even more exciting is that you can dive it on any current or wind direction.
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