Diving Taveuni Island
Rainbow's end is unsurprisingly found on the edge of the cluster of dive sites known as Rainbow Reef, which is home to some of the finest diving in the Somosomo Strait, Taveuni.
You are likely to drop down from the surface into around 15 metres, and the sea floor which is usually visible from the dive boat. As with all dives in the Somosomo Strait, the direction and strength of the current will determine your plan which normally consists of gentle drifting along with the sloping reef to your right shoulder.
The slope is decorated with table corals and other varieties of Acropora, as well as some boulder corals and porites, usually playing host to several bored clams and Christmas tree worms.
There is always plenty of life here, more typically numerous individuals rather than schools, so you can spot parrotfish, red-breasted wrasses, emperor and blue girdled angelfish, Napoleon wrasses, long nose butterflyfish, and moorish idols. More numerous are the redtooth triggerfish and fusiliers, both blue streak and blue and yellow. In the sand you can look out for blue ribbon eels, as well as gobies standing guard while their shrimp partners take care of the house work.
Sites like this in the Somosomo Strait can leave the student of fish names with a long list of species, while the less informed diver might say "We saw every fish imaginable", which typifies the rich rewards of many of the dive sites in Taveuni.
Rainbow's End Reef Basics: Sloping wall
Depth: 5 - 16m
Visibility: 10 - 25m
Currents: Can be 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: 4 km from Garden Island Resort
Access: Taveuni diving resorts and liveaboards
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