|Dive area / region : Navula Barrier Reef - See the map||
|Best diving season : April • May • June • July • August • September • October|
|Recommended number of days to stay : More than 1 week...|
|Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites|
|Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit|
|Average visibility : 26 - 30 meters|
|Average dives depth : 15 Meters|
|Type of currents : Medium level currents|
|Months when these currents are present : The currents are tidal therefore depend high/low tide times and range|
|General surface conditions : Medium conditions|
|Wreck types : N/A||
|Type of marine life : Anemone • Barracuda • Corals • Crayfish • Cuttlefish • Dolphins • Grouper • Jacks • Jelly fish • Lobster • Moray Eels • Nudibranch • Octopus • Rays • Reef Fish • Sea snakes • Sea urchins • Shark - Hammerhead • Shark - Leopard shark • Shark - Reef shark • Shark - Whale shark • Shrimps • Softcoral • Sponge • Squid • Star fish • Turtles • Whales • Worms|
|Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Semiclosed|
Scuba Diving the Navula Barrier Reef
Written by Guest August 20, 2011 Hits: 3590 0
The Navula Barrier Reef and the Navula Passage are approximately 10 minutes by boat from the nearest dive centre. There is a wide variety of dive sites to enjoy, including, wall dives, swim-throughs, caves, canyons, and picturesque reef dives. The marine life is outstanding with a large number of visiting pelagic species as well as hundreds of species of resident reef fish. The reef is healthy with wide varieties of both hard and soft corals. The North Reef consists of two parallel reefs with excellent opportunities for photography and videography. One reef has maximum depths of 20-22 metres whilst the other has maximum depths of 38-55 metres. The South Reef has a slightly different topography from the North Reef; the South Reef has a wide range of deep water coral bommies, natural inlets in the reef and a greater variety of swimthroughs and chimneys. There is also a second deeper parallel reef that remains relatively unexplored.
There are 23 dive sites with moorings on the Navula Reef, either side of the Navula Passage. Below you will find descriptions of each:
North Reef Fish Wonders – 5-16 metres. An excellent site for beginners, photographers and Night Dives. Lots of coral bommies interspersed with sand and an 18th Century Anchor. Large schools of snapper, white tip reef sharks and occasional eagle rays.
Nursery – Max 22 metres. A superb soft coral wall with caves usually inhabited by Tawny Nurse Sharks. The dive finishes over a 12 metre coral garden with opportunities to see Turtles feeding.
Bat Cave - Max 38 metres. An underwater headland with 2 swimthroughs and a chimney. A resident school of Batfish is there to greet you as you exit the cave. Possibilities of Mantas, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Hammerheads and other large pelagic species.
Wreck – Max 29 metres. An ex Captain Cook wooden cruise ship sunk in 2004 but flattened by a cyclone. Portholes, engine block and the keel remain. Crevices on the reef wall with a chance to see Tawny Nurse Sharks.
Gotham City – Max 36 metres. Starting at the top of the reef in 24 metres of water there are numerous gullies dropping off. The gullies are filled with fan corals and resident Sweetlips. Usual to see White Tip Reef Sharks and Turtles gliding amongst the other reef fish.
Navula Bliss – Max 20 metres. A wonderful drift dive along a pristine hard and soft coral wall. Large schools of black-tail snapper, Orange and Pink Anemone fish along with the chance of seeing Turtles, Mantas, Eagle Rays and Reef Sharks.
Babale – Max 19 metres. The Fijian word for Dolphin. So named because when we were putting in the mooring a bottlenose dolphin came to pay a visit. Dive along a beautiful hard and soft coral wall with a number of swimthroughs and large schools of Fusiliers, Humpback snappers and Surgeon fish. There is a good chance of seeing sharks and turtles cruising along the wall. Spinner dolphins are also commonly seen around this dive site.
Apiqara – Max 16 metres. A natural gap in the reef with ledges on either side filled with lobsters and crayfish. Coming out of the crack the dive continues as a shallow wall dive. Plenty of photo opportunities on this one!
Vonu Levu – Max 26 metres. A beautiful drift dive along the top of the second deeper reef. Turtles, Mantas and Eagle Rays abound. During the winter months a good place to spot whales.
Turtle Wall – Max 30 metres. A wall dive with lots of fan and whip corals. Crevices with Tawny Nurse Sharks and plenty of soft corals along the wall.
Cliffhanger – Max 21 metres. A large overhang swimthrough starts the dive with a good chance of White Tip Reef Sharks. The wall is covered with purple lace coral and Turtles and Lobsters are to be found along the dive.
Cloudbreak Wall – Max 22 metres. A beautiful drift dive along a hard coral wall covered in fan corals. Turtles, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays and even Whale sharks can be seen here.
Manta Highway - Max 28 metres. A drift dive along the top of the second deeper reef with a good chance of seeing large groups of Manta Rays.
Deep Throat – An invitation only site and not for the faint-hearted!! Beginning at 27 metres we enter a chimney with a bottom at 42 metres. In cave at the bottom of the chimney you can usually find tawny nurse sharks and big grouper. The cave exits at 50-54 metres where we begin our ascent along a deep wall. Grey Reef Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Mantas and Pilot Whales have all been spotted during this dive!
South Reef Leopard Lagoon – Max 9 metres. A sandy bottom with lots of coral heads. Regular sightings of Leopard Sharks along with juvenile reef fish and Tiger Cowrie Shells.
Canyon - 5 - 23 metres. A selection of swimthroughs, gullies and caves with a large amount of fish life. Regular visitors are Eagle Rays, White-Tip Reef Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks.
Kinky Wall – Max 28 metres. A wall dive with lots of cracks and crevices. The wall has a large amount of Whip Coral and Soft Coral. Large schools of Parrot Fish and Reef Sharks can be found. Coral bommies just off the wall are a good place to find Turtles.
Rainbow Cascade – Max 30 metres. So named because of the multicoloured soft corals hanging from the wall. Dive begins with a lengthy swimthrough which exits mid way down a sheer wall. The area is prolific with all kinds of marine life. Good spot for Manta Rays in season.
Yakanibo – Max 22 metres. Caves and swimthroughs with the occasional Nurse Shark. Large schools of Snapper and Many-Spotted Sweetlips.
Cathedral – Max 23 metres. Large overhangs with pristine hard corals and large patches of Ghost Coral. A good dive to see Turtles and large pelagic species. Even a Minke Whale has been seen on this one! No guarantees though!!
Arena – Max 24 metres. A gradually sloping wall with swimthroughs.
Titanic – Max 22 metres. Similar to Apiqara on the North Reef. Large cracks in the reefs. A good dive for photography.
Turtle Totoka – 10–25 metres. Lots of inlets into the reef. The hard coral is pristine and Turtles abound. Breathtaking coral canyons to explore. Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Nurse Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks and White Tips are frequently seen.
Mark from Scuba Bula
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