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Underwater Photo Location: Rainbow Reef

Underwater Photo Location: Rainbow Reef

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Somosomo Strait (Fijian for ‘good water’) has strong tidal currents, which provide a constant flow of nutrients, idyllic for soft corals and diverse fish life. Rainbow Reef is world-renowned for the spectacular soft coral sites. This is a fringing reef almost 32 km long on the southwest corner of Vanua Levu and easily accessed from Taveuni. Not only the best Fiji scuba diving, but one of best scuba diving vacation sites in the world. If you haven’t dived Taveuni, you must put it on your ‘to do’ list!
Dive sites in Taveuni are exciting and varied with sheer reef walls from 3000 feet to the surface, shallow sunlit coral gardens and current-flushed channels. You can even find “gravel groveling” and “muck diving” in protected bays on the Taveuni coast.
So expect to be amazed by Taveuni underwater treasures, with 1500 species of fishes including dozen of rare or endemic species, 1000 known species of invertebrates and thousands more discoveries predicted.
Facts about Rainbow Reef
  • It is in Fiji
  • Rainbow Reef is in the Pacific.
  • The typical depth is 50+ Metres 160+ Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 30+ Metres 100+ Feet.
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by Mark Hoevenaars
Pink Anemonefish. Nikon D90 in Aquatica housing, 60mm, f8, 1/100, ISO-200, YS-110a strobe.

by Mark Hoevenaars
Peacock-Tail Anemone Shrimp on a Flower Anemone at "Small White Wall". Nikon D90 in Aquatica Housing, 60mm, f16, 1/80, ISO-100, single YS-110a strobe.

by Mark Hoevenaars
Glorious Flatworm. Nikon D90, Aquatica Housing, 60mm, f8, 1/80, ISO-100, single Sea & Sea YS-110a strobe.

by Mark Hoevenaars
Blue-spotted Stingray. Rainbow Passage - Fiji. Nikon D90 in Aquatica Housing, 60mm, f7.1, 1/125, single Sea & Sea YS-110a strobe.

by Mark Hoevenaars
Gills of a Giant Clam

by Mark Hoevenaars
"Unidentified Commensal Shrimp" according to Reef Creature Identification - Tropical Pacific book by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach.

by Mark Hoevenaars
My wife and dive buddy, Cindy, shares a special moment with a Pink Anemonefish on the Rainbow Reef in Fiji. Nikon D90 in Aquatica, Tokina 10-17mm, f/11, 1/80, ISO-200, S&S YS-110a strobe.

by Mark Hoevenaars
Geometric Chromodoris. Nikon D90, 60mm, f/16, 1/100, ISO-200, YS-110a strobe

by Mark Hoevenaars
Swollen Phyllidia. Sounds like an STD! Taken at Fish Factory dive site on Rainbow Reef in Fiji. Nikon D90, 60mm, f10, 1/100, YS-110a strobe

by Mark Hoevenaars
Manta Flyby. Nikon D90, 60mm

by Mark Hoevenaars
Leopard Wrasse

by Mark Hoevenaars
Fire Dartfish

by Mark Hoevenaars
Soft coral grabs microscopic plankton from the water.

by Mark Hoevenaars

by Mark Hoevenaars
Krempf's Phyillidiopsis

by Mark Hoevenaars
Longnose Filefish

by Mark Hoevenaars
A couple of Palette Surgeonfish, or as I like to call them: Dory's... (from Finding Nemo)

by Rickey Ferand
Whip Coral Goby - Watch me whip...
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