Dive Taveuni Island
Dropping into a depth of around 12 metres you can see the ocean floor here from the surface as you stride excitedly off the dive boat. As you sink down you may be met with a proliferation of fish congregating around a series of coral heads. A large school of jacks is often present facing into the mild current and often joined by smaller schools of sweetlips and barracudas.
After drinking in the sight of such a number of fish, the dive proceeds to become a matter of drifting gently with the current towards the north if conditions permit. This means there is a sloping wall to your right shoulder which drops to a sandy, sloping bottom at around 30 metres, rising to a height that varies between 15 and 10 metres. The slope features quite healthy coral coverage, mostly in the form of staghorn coral and table coral, with a number of giant clams and fans also present.
When you dive Taveuni you should look out for the unusual sight of parrotfish in large numbers, effectively schooling as they swarm around the slope, munching the hard coral and then excreting it in puff of fine sand that slowly cascades down to the sea floor. Interestingly these groups consist both of blue green parrotfish and pure purple ones!!
You may also run into a banded sea krait or two at this site, and the local Taveuni Island dive guides are more than happy to handle them, so you can take your time to marvel at the beauty of their sleek black and white bodies before they are released and weave their way effortlessly through the water and past the awestruck divers.
The site may be called Pot Luck, and of course underwater there are no guarantees, but for numbers and variety of fish, Pot Luck may be a better bet than many other Fiji dive sites and it is also one of the most easily accessed of the dive sites in Taveuni.
Pot Luck Reef Basics: Sloping reef wall
Depth: 10 - >40m
Visibility: 15 - 40m
Currents: Gentle to very strong
Surface conditions: Mainly calm but can be choppy
Water temperature: 22 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 4 km from Garden Island Resort
Access: Taveuni dive resorts and liveaboards
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