Situated in Fiji’s far north off the coast of Savusavu you’ll find Namena Marine Reserve, one of the best places for diving in Fiji. Fishing has been banned at the reserve since 1997, meaning the waters are teeming with a rainbow spectrum of coral as well as fish big and small.
Take your time searching between the crevices of the coral to see some of the 1,000 fish that call this reef home, such as the blue ribbon eel, silvery shoals of barracuda, an endemic species of squid and even hawksbill turtles.
There are much bigger fish here too and if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of spinner and bottlenose dolphins as well as pilot, mink, sperm and even humpback whales splashing their way through as the reserve is right on the edge of a big fish migratory path.
The adventure doesn’t stop once you get out of the water. Take time to explore the shore, looking out for the red-footed booby birds. There are around 600 pairs of these intriguing birds on Namena island.