Diving in Taveuni Island
Annie's bommies sadly, is not a site named after a local Fijian woman with an hourglass figure. Rather the term refers to the several large conical protrusions from the sea bed that characterise this Taveuni Island dive site. In many ways Annie's Bommies is typical of the diving to be found in the Somosomo Strait and is essentially a continuation of the wonderland known as the Rainbow Reef.
When you're scuba diving in Taveuni, this is one site you will notice a marked difference in, depending on whether there is a strong current or not. Without current it is pretty enough and there may be a fair amount to catch your eye. When the current runs however, it is an almost violent affront to the senses, bursting with floral beauty. The marvellous colour of the scene simply cannot be over-stated and is enough to make even the most world-weary diver dewy-eyed.
Annie's Bommies may not feature a dramatic wall, but it is a great spot to take your time to investigate the nooks and crannies, weaving in and out of the bommies and taking a breather when sheltered from the current. At these times you can leisurely explore for small things like nudibranchs, gobies and pipefish.
All the while it is worth keeping an eye out for leopard sharks resting on the bottom, perhaps in the company of blue-spotted rays, and you are always likely to see the gaping mouths of morays protruding out from their sheltered holes.
You may not meet Annie or ever have the chance to get to know her but you are sure to remember the day you had a good look at her bommies.
Annie's Bommies Reef Basics: Bommies
Depth: 5 - 21m
Visibility: 10 - 40m
Currents: Moderate to strong
Surface conditions: Calm but can be rough
Water temperature: 22 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 5 km from Wairiki, 16 km from Maravu Plantation Resort
Access: Taveuni dive resorts and liveaboards
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