Aptly known as the “soft coral capital of the world” few would deny the beauty of Fiji’s underwater riches. Fijian reefs harbor an abundant diversity of underwater life. Central Fiji's barrier reefs in particular seems to offer optimal conditions for all types of life.
Fiji's dense coral 'bommies' lend themselves to wide angle photography, but capturing specatular seascapes often involves diving in rapid currents and finding a little hollow and hanging on or ducking behind the current. Francoise spent a good portion of one dive holding onto my ankles while braced beneath me as I waited for my shot higher up on a current swept coral head.
Still, the photographic rewards can be amazing, with many of the coral heads covered with inflated soft coral and exploding with orange and purple anthias 'volcanoes'. We are hoping to make a return trip in soon.
Hard & soft corals