Tuesday, June 10

Great White Wall

Taveuni's Signature Dive: Great White Wall

Do you love Great White Wall or are you interested to know more about this famous dive site?  Great White Wall is not only one of Fiji's signature dive sites, it's entirely unique! This dive combines drifting along a gorgeous wall covered in soft coral with several swim throughs. No other wall dive on Rainbow Reef possesses such a unique phenomenon! 

Drifting Along Great White Wall
Great White Wall has several swim throughs, one of which descends down to about 24 meters (80 feet). Upon exit you begin your drift past the Great White Wall. Each swim through is very wide and able to accommodate divers side by side. Both experienced and new divers alike can enjoy these swim throughs! They are not only beautiful, but full of fish, coral growth and light!

Paradise Diver Descending to Great White Wall
At first glance it appears that Great White Wall is covered in white soft coral, descending endlessly into the deep. If you get up close and shine your torch on the coral, you will discover that the soft coral is fact a light shade of purplish blue.
Colored Soft Coral on Great White Wall
Great White Wall must dived at specific times when the coral is in full bloom. Soft coral polyps open and feed on the nutrients in the current. You can examine the blooming coral up close or you can swim out into the blue and fully appreciate Great White Wall in all it's glory!

Expansive Great White Wall

 In addition to Great White Wall's famous white soft coral, there are many other colored soft corals to appreciate, such as this outcropping of pink and orange soft coral.

Even More Soft Coral on Great White Wall
At the end of your dive you can enjoy the top of the reef, teaming with life and more color!  We invite you to join us here in Paradise and experience the magic of Great White Wall!

Saturday, June 7

Macro Diving

Diving at Paradise Taveuni has something to offer for every diver. Those divers interested in the little critters will be delighted to know that there are endless creatures to see and photograph at just about every dive site here in Paradise. If you are new to macro photography and anxious to improve your skills, our dive sites offer many different subjects and opportunities from slow moving Nudibranches, to stationary hard and soft corals, fish and eels and all the small critters hiding from your lens in cracks and cervices.
Up Close with a Magnificent Clam at Rainbow Zen, Rainbow Reef
Soft corals, hard corals and tunicates inhabit Fiji's coral reef's in every shape and color imaginable. While these subjects are fun to look at during your dive, they can also be great subject matter to practice your macro photography.
Yellow Tunicate photographed at Purple Wall, Rainbow Reef
Several different species of Nudibranches can be found throughout Fijii. Slow moving Nudibranches are a great subject for those trying out macro photography for the first time. These colorful subjects lend themselves to great photographs.
Eye-Spot Nudibranch on Paradise House Reef
Christmas tree worms can be spotted on most dives. Their unique shape provides great practice for photographers working on their depth of field and focus. 
Christmas Tree Worms captured at Annie's Bommie, Rainbow Reef
Moray Eels can also be an interesting subject for macro photographers, while not the most obvious and easy choice for a photography, they are a fascinating subject to capture. 
Giant Moray Eel photographed on Paradise House Reef
If you look closely you might even spot a Banded Coral Shrimp cleaning a Moray Eel. Banded Coral Shrimp are one of many species that help an overwhelming number of marine wildlife stay free of parasites. If you are night diving on our house reef, Banded Coral Shrimp can be spotted in endless array. 
Banded Coral Shrimp at Coral Gardens
 Fish can sometimes be tricky subjects for macro photography. Their stealth-like movements make focus sometimes impossible, however for the patient photographer they prove a rewarding subject.
Damselfish photographed at Freeway, Rainbow Reef
Damselfish are fast moving, feisty creatures, fiercely protecting their realms. Capturing a macro shot of one is certainly a feat!
Golden Damsel Photographed at Paradise House Reef
Leather Coral can be a great subject for macro videography and photography. It's flowing movement is beautiful subject matter, pulsating and undulating right before your lens.
Leather Coral at The Zoo, Rainbow Reef
We thank our guests for these fantastic macro images. We invite you to join us here in Paradise and seek out your next macro subject or just come join the fun!
Extreme Close Up of Hard Coral, Paradise House Reef