Fiji

Two weeks dive safari on the boat NAI'A cruising around the islands of Fiji. The reefs around the main island Viti Levu are very fine. Wonderful reefs with many colourful hard and soft corals. We even saw humpback whales but they were not interested in diving with us. Have also a look at the pictures I shot above water. First we booked a ten day humpback whale safari in Tonga on this boat and planned the whole trip around it. But then the NA'A did not get a permission for 2010 from the government of Tonga. Instead they offered a two week explorer tour around the Lau group in the east of Fiji. Last year Humpback whale sightings were reported there. Not so long time ago there were a lot of humpback whales around Fiji. But then they got hunted and either extinct or moved to Tonga where they didn't get killed. In January 2010 a strong cyclone crossed the Lau group and destroyed a lot of reefs. We've seen the rubble. Other reefs are almost dead due to coral bleaching and covered with algae. There are also not many fish around Lau. The more distant from the main island, the more Korean and Japanese ships are fishing illegally there. August 7 to 29, 2010, 133 Images.

Image 1/133: Coral Reef

A wonderful coral reef with lot of hard and soft corals and deep blue water in the background. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 15 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:35:53

Image 2/133: Anthias

A lot of pink anthias in a soft coral and with Sandra in the background. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 15 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:40:08

Image 3/133: Soft Coral

Anthias hiding in a soft coral. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 15 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:40:49

Image 4/133: Scorpionfish

A small white scorpionfish. The wide angle lens was not the right choice to take a good picture. Wowever, it's not that bad. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/10.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:45:31

Image 5/133: Feather Seastar

A feather seastar sitting on a coral. During the day they are usually curled up and at night they're open and sometimes swimming through the water. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:49:07

Image 6/133: Cavern

A small cavern with openings in the ceiling and all covered with corals. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 17 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:53:14

Image 7/133: Many Colorful Fish

A lot of small and colorful fish are swimming above the coral reef. If one holds the breath and stays quietly on position, they come slowly out. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 17 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 21:58:19

Image 8/133: Gorgony

A pretty red gorgony in blue water. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 16 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 22:00:38

Image 9/133: Gorgony with Sandra

The same gorgony as from the previous picture but with dive buddy Sandra. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 16 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 22:02:53

Image 10/133: Coral with Fish

A lot of small colorful fish are swimming above this coral. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/7.1, 16 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 22:05:05

Image 11/133: Clarks Anemonefish

A Clarks Anemonenfish above its anemone, photographed from bottom up with the water surface in the background. Dive #397: Yellow Mellow, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, August 7, 2010 22:10:26

Image 12/133: Gorgony

Feather seastars are sitting on this red gorgony which is located in a cavern. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 00:53:07

Image 13/133: Cavern with Softcorals

Softcorals are dwelling in this cavern. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 00:54:11

Image 14/133: Lionfish

I shot this photo with a fisheye lens and had to get very close to this lionfish so that its feathers almost touched the dome port. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/7.1, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 01:03:36

Image 15/133: Corals with Sea Goldies

A lot of sea goldies were hiding in the branches of this coral. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/7.1, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 01:07:24

Image 16/133: Yellow Softcoral

A yellow softcoral with the sun in the background. Here two strobes would have been better to get a more threedimensional look. With just one strobe it looks flat. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/7.1, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 01:09:01

Image 17/133: Feather Seastar

A feather seastar with the sun and a diver in the background. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/7.1, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 01:10:04

Image 18/133: Hardcoral

A hardcoral with the sun in the background. I should have waited longer before taking this picture. There are still my bubbles visible on the top. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 01:25:51

Image 19/133: Reeftop

The top of this reef almost touches the water surface. Dive #398: Howard's Dinner, Vatu-I-Ra, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 01:27:14

Image 20/133: Gorgonies

Red gorgonies with lots of orange anthias. Dive #399: Coral Garden, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 04:31:15

Image 21/133: Corals with Divers

Hard and soft corals with damselfish in the foreground and divers in the background. Dive #399: Coral Garden, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 04:35:01

Image 22/133: Soft Corals

A lot of sea goldies are swimming around this coral block with soft corals. Dive #399: Coral Garden, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 04:36:18

Image 23/133: Feather Seastars

Feather seastars with sea goldies and the sun in the background. Two Thumbs Up, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.5, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 20:57:58

Image 24/133: Gorgonies

Very beautiful gorgonies with lots of colourful small fish. Two Thumbs Up, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.5, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 21:03:27

Image 25/133: Gorgonies

Very beautiful gorgonies with lots of colourful small fish. Two Thumbs Up, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, August 8, 2010 21:11:57

Image 26/133: Coral Hind

A beautiful red coral hind with blue dots. Usually they are shy and don't like being photographed. Dive #402: Tetons 1, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 00:26:24

Image 27/133: Nudibranch

This type of nudibranch is very common around Fij and about 2cm in size. This one here probably got bitten by a fish. Tetons 1, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 00:34:00

Image 28/133: Longnose Hawkfish

A longnose hawkfish is sitting on coral twigs. Dive #402: Tetons 1, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 00:42:42

Image 29/133: Phyllidia varicosa

A sea slug (Phyllidia varicosa) Dive #402: Tetons 1, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 00:46:27

Image 30/133: Flabellina

A nudibranch of the species Flabellina. Don't know the exact name. Dive #402: Tetons 1, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 00:48:56

Image 31/133: Barracudas

A swarm of barracudas with some surgeon fish hiding in it. Dive #403: Namena NST, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 04:36:20

Image 32/133: Barracudas

A swarm of barracudas with some surgeon fish hiding in it and the sun in the background. Dive #403: Namena NST, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 9, 2010 04:37:56

Image 33/133: Fish Factory

This dive site was called "fish factory". A more suitable name would be "the fish have gon e to factory" because there were almost no fish here. The current was very strong here. It was like riding on a train and looking out the window. Dive #404: Fish Factory, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 00:30:10

Image 34/133: Corals

The current on this dive site was so strong that I hardly could point my camera on this coral. It almost blew the mask off the face. Dive #404: Fish Factory, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 00:42:05

Image 35/133: Bluespotted Stingray

Where is the bluespotted stingray? It was hiding under a table coral and being photographed by this diver. I had no chance to get there. The current was too strong. Dive #404: Fish Factory, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/11.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 00:51:44

Image 36/133: Coral Block

I didn't have much time for taking pictures on this dive site because the current was that strong. After all, this site wasn't very special either. Despite the strong current there were very few fish. Dive #404: Fish Factory, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/8.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 00:53:03

Image 37/133: Underwater Landscape

And some more underwater landscape with corals and little fish. Dive #404: Fish Factory, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 00:59:02

Image 38/133: Gorgony

Yeah, a gorgony at the "texas reef". After the dive I knew why it was called with that name. It looked like the desert in texas. Probably in texas there were more fish. The reef was pretty damaged, mostly due to the cyclone in january 2010 and probably overfishing. Dive #406: Texas Reef, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/7.1, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 04:23:53

Image 39/133: Sandra

My dive buddy girlfriend wife Sandra ... there wasn├Ąt much more to photograph on this site. There were as many fish as in texas. Probably I should have photographed the dead reef for documentation but I forgot it. Dive #406: Texas Reef, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 04:51:04

Image 40/133: Clarks Anemonenfisch

A photo of clarks anemone fish (Amphiprion clarkii). Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/13.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 07:22:56

Image 41/133: Pufferfish with Louse

A sleeping black-spotted pufferfish ( Ein schlafender schwarz gepunkteter Kugelfisch (Arothron nigropunctatus) which had a parasite louse behind one eye. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/18.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 07:46:40

Image 42/133: Baby Cuttlefish

Unfortunately there were that many transparent worms during this night dive which were attracted by my pilot lamp and swimming around the field of view and ruined asmost every picture. Here's a baby cuttle fish trying to hide in the sand ... and a lot of nasty worms. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 07:56:11

Image 43/133: Flatworm

A swimming flatworm with a lot of transprarent other worms swimming always in the light beam of my camera. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 07:58:11

Image 44/133: Snail

A snail is looking at me underneath its shell. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:01:25

Image 45/133: Crayfish

A big crayfish is trying to hide underneath a coral block. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:06:31

Image 46/133: Small Crocodilefish

Portrait of a small crocodile fish. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:14:40

Image 47/133: Smal Crocodilefish

Another portrait of the same small crocodile fish. Unfortunately one of these nasty transparent worms was dancing on its head and I didn't see it only later on the computer screen. That's why one should take always more than one picture of the same target. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:14:53

Image 48/133: Scorpionfish

A small scorpionfish. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:16:45

Image 49/133: Kauri Snail

The kauri snails look alive much better than dead in souvenir shops. Eine Kaurischnecke. Horrible this tourist merchandise with animals. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:20:41

Image 50/133: Crab

A big crab sitting on a coral. Dive #407: Night dive in Radi Harbour, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/200 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 08:23:54

Image 51/133: Coral Fish

Little fish in a coral. Dive #408: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 04:51:10

Image 52/133: Shrimps

Two shrimps in an anemone. Dive #408: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 04:54:45

Image 53/133: Shrimp

A shrimp in an anemone. The second one disappeared oout of the frame. Dive #408: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 04:56:17

Image 54/133: Shell

The exhaust hole of a big shell. Dive #408: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 05:01:02

Image 55/133: Heart

A heart shaped red hard coral. Dive #408: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 05:20:01

Image 56/133: Fish

A pretty fish dancing around. Probably a juvenile. Dive #408: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 05:33:11

Image 57/133: Shrimp

A transparent shrimp on a anemone. One can also see the eggs inside the body. Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 07:52:34

Image 58/133: Orange spotted filefish

This orange spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) is taking a nap in a coral. Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 07:56:00

Image 59/133: Scorpionfish

A small scorpionfish. Unfortunately one cannot see the lightning like reflex in its eye. Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 08:19:16

Image 60/133: Octopus

The eye of a small octopus looking at me. Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 08:22:17

Image 61/133: Hermit Crab

During night dives one can see hermit crabs walking around. Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 08:26:59

Image 62/133: Sea Urchin

A sea urchin (probably Heterocentrotus mammillatus). Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 08:28:23

Image 63/133: Flatworm

A flatworm swimming in water. Dive #409: Yanuca Island, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, August 12, 2010 08:29:04

Image 64/133: Sea Star

Sea stars have a remarkable regenaration capability. This one has lost two arms which grow back. If you cut off an arm of a sea star, then also a sea star grows back from one arm. Dive #410: Matua Leva, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 00:50:11

Image 65/133: Christmas Tree Worm

A christmas tree worm with blue gills living in a stone coral. Dive #410: Matua Leva, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 00:54:14

Image 66/133: Christmas Tree Worms

Christmas tree worms with yellow and white gills living in a stone coral. Dive #410: Matua Leva, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 00:54:29

Image 67/133: Anemone Fish

This anemone is guarded by an anemone fish. Dive #410: Matua Leva, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 01:10:41

Image 68/133: Whitetip Reefshark

Unfortunately this picture of a whitetip reefshark was totally underexposed because the camera settings were on macro. Converted it to black/white because it looks better than blue/cyan. Dive #411: Windseye Passage, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 04:55:20

Image 69/133: Butterfly Fish

A group of butterfly fish passing by. Dive #412: Trigger Rock, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 21:02:06

Image 70/133: Fish Swarm

A swarm of fusilier fish. Dive #412: Trigger Rock, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 21:07:24

Image 71/133: Emperor Angelfish

An emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator). Dive #412: Trigger Rock, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Friday, August 13, 2010 21:10:26

Image 72/133: Whitetip Reef Shark

A whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) was lying on a rock prominence taking a nap. Athough I got closer very slowly I roused it. Dive #412: Trigger Rock, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 13, 2010 21:17:41

Image 73/133: Rubble Field

Thats all what the cyclone Thomas left from this reef when it passed in March 2010. A sad view. Dive #412: Trigger Rock, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.5, 13 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 13, 2010 21:24:04

Image 74/133: Destroyed Reef

Thats all what the cyclone Thomas left from this reef when it passed in March 2010. A sad view. Dive #412: Trigger Rock, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 15 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 13, 2010 21:32:40

Image 75/133: Leopard Shark 1

A leopard shark. Dive #413: Qilaqila Passage, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/5.0, 22 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, August 14, 2010 05:02:53

Image 76/133: Leopard Shark 2

A leopard shark. Dive #413: Qilaqila Passage, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/5.0, 22 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, August 14, 2010 05:02:55

Image 77/133: Longnose butterfly fish

Lat. Porcipiger flavissimus. Dive #415: Katfuga Island, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, August 15, 2010 05:05:31

Image 78/133: Orange spotted filefish

An orange spotted filefish (lat. Oxymonacanthus longirostris) looks directly into the camera. Dive #415: Katfuga Island, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, August 15, 2010 05:11:57

Image 79/133: Scythe Triggerfish

A boomerang triggerfish or sycthe triggerfish (lat. Sufflamen bursa). Dive #415: Katfuga Island, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, August 15, 2010 05:22:29

Image 80/133: Sandra

Sandra with glory. Dive #415: Katfuga Island, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Monday, August 16, 2010 02:14:10

Image 81/133: Gorgony

A gorgony with the sun. And here again with Sandra. Dive #418: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 16, 2010 21:16:27

Image 82/133: Sandra with Glory

My dive buddy and wife Sandra is diving behind a black coral. The sun is forming a glory around her head. Dive #418: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 16, 2010 21:18:51

Image 83/133: Sun above Arch

The sun is shining above an arch connecting two coral blocks. In the foreground is a softcoral. Dive #418: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 16, 2010 21:24:41

Image 84/133: Sandra in Current

There was a strong current on this dive site. Sandra is holding on a piece of dead coral and the bubbles are blowing in the wind. Dive #418: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Monday, August 16, 2010 21:35:13

Image 85/133: Swarm Jackfish

A swarm of jackfish (mackerels) passing by. In the background a diver. Dive #419: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 00:24:11

Image 86/133: Barracudas

A swarm of barracudas swimming in the front of the sun. Dive #419: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 00:29:39

Image 87/133: Divebreak

What is the best one can do when there is current? Yes. Sit down, hold on tight, stay calm and watch the fish coming to you. This saves a lot of air and one sees much more. My wife took this advice literally and is sitting there like a steam locomotive. Dive #419: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/6.3, 12 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 00:31:44

Image 88/133: Cleaning Shrimp

My cleaning shrimp is sitting on the sand and enjoying the fish which are getting very close. What most dive beginners don't know: You can't swim after fish. They come to you when you are staying quietly on the same position. Dive #419: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 00:32:12

Image 89/133: Barracudas

A swarm of barracudas passing by. Some of them are overexposed. It is difficult to set the correct amount of flash for these silver fish. It's usually a lucky guess because one usually has just one chance. After the first shot the formation usually breaks up. Dive #419: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/7.1, 12 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 00:38:45

Image 90/133: Fish Swarm

A big swarm of fish is passing by. I think it were jackfish. Dive #419: Namena NST, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 12 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 00:39:21

Image 91/133: Sharpnose Toby Pufferfish

A very small (ca. 1-2 cm) black saddled Toby or sharpnose pufferfish (Canthigaster valentini) hiding in a feather seastar. This species is toxic and is being mimicked by a non-toxic blacksaddle filefish (Paraluteres prionurus). Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 03:58:30

Image 92/133: Hawkfish

A hawkfish sitting on a piece of coral. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:04:27

Image 93/133: Blenny

A small blenny sitting on the ground. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:06:38

Image 94/133: Brittle Star

A brittle star is winding its arms around the twigs of a coral. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:12:42

Image 95/133: Longnose Hawkfish

A longnose hawkfish is sitting in that gorgony. Unfortunately it disappeared right after this picture so I couldn't adjust the angle that the white coral on the bottom left corner was not visible. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:16:55

Image 96/133: Scorpionfish

A scorpionfish is sitting well carmouflaged on the ground. As the name suggests, they sting if you touch them accidentally. Better keep distance and not touch anything. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:27:14

Image 97/133: Blenny

This curious blenny is looking out of its home hole. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:36:10

Image 98/133: Jackfish

A portrait of a jackfish. Dive #420: Mushrooms, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 04:49:55

Image 99/133: Grouper

A big grouper which got disturbed by the divers in its cleaning station. The many sharks around seemed not to bother it. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 320, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 19:52:45

Image 100/133: Grey Reef Shark

A grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhyncos) was swimming right in front of the sun when I took this picture. Unfortunately it wasn't very close so that the colour saturation would have been better. I had to adjust saturation, colour balance and contrast in this picture. See here. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/10.0, 24 mm, ISO 320, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 19:55:13

Image 101/133: Grey Reef Sharks

These two grey reef sharks seemed not to have any interest in the divers below them. Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/6.3, 24 mm, ISO 320, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 19:55:26

Image 102/133: Grey Reef Shark

A female grey reef shark. Unfortunately it was too far away for a good exposed picture and appears cyan instead of grey. Even with 24mm focal lenght at APS size chip the sharks have to get very close to fill the frame. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, ISO 320, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 19:55:46

Image 103/133: Fish Swarm

This big fish swarm stood in the current and was compact. I tried to get closer with the current wile breathing as little as possible. But the formation broke up before I was close enough. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:12:44

Image 104/133: Fish Swarm

A big swarm of fish standing in the current. Unfortunately the water was not very clear. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/4.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:13:39

Image 105/133: Salad coral

The huge salad coral at the entry of the channel at Nigali passage. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 15 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:30:47

Image 106/133: Salad coral with surgeon fish

A swarm of surgeon fish is passing by on the salad coral at the entry of Nigali passage. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 15 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:33:01

Image 107/133: Salad coral with Sun

At first glance, salad corals look like they are soft, but they hare hard corals with embedded green algae. This is one of my favourite pictures. I had to hold myself on a rock, otherwise the current would have pushed me towards the corals. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 15 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:36:05

Image 108/133: Gorgony

A beautiful gorgony at the entry of Nigali passage. I shot it downwards up with the water surface in the background. Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/9.0, 18 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:39:48

Image 109/133: Gorgony

A beautiful gorgony at the entry of Nigali passage with the water surface in the background. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/11.0, 18 mm, ISO 200, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 20:40:45

Image 110/133: Humpback whale

A humpback whale is diving in front of us while we were snorkeling. Unfortunately it is only an unsharp snapshot. It didn't have interest in us. I found this whale as a black blinking dot on the horizon while I was on the ship's deck. This was the first whale I have found. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 00:24:02

Image 111/133: Humpback whale

The world is upside down on this humpback whale picture. It was a snapshot that came this way out of the camera. It looked funny so I left it this way. Dive #421: Nigali Passage, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/180 s, F/7.1, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 00:24:06

Image 112/133: False cleanerfish

This s a false cleanerfish (Aspidontus taeniatus) which looks similar to the real cleanerfish (Labroides dimidiatus), but instead of cleaning the fish from parasites, it bites off a bit of the fish itself. Dive #422: Anthias, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/20.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 02:11:58

Image 113/133: Fire Dartfish

I had to wait patiently for these two fire dartfish (lat. Nemateleotris magnifica) until they have positioned themselves like that. Dive #422: Anthias, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 02:22:06

Image 114/133: Goby with pistol shrimp

A goby watching out for its partner the blind pistol shimp. Dive #422: Anthias, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/32.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 02:34:06

Image 115/133: Spottail Dartfish

Two spottail dartfish (lat. Ptereleotris heteroptera) swimming side by side. Dive #422: Anthias, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 02:36:10

Image 116/133: Lobster

This lobster is hiding in a hole under a block of corals. Dive #422: Anthias, Fiji. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/36.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 02:39:55

Image 117/133: Algae and dead corals

That reef doesn't look healthy at all. Many dead corals and algae growing on it. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 16 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 21:17:12

Image 118/133: Table coral

A nice table coral with small fish above and rays of sunlight. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/11.0, 22 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 21:30:53

Image 119/133: Horn coral

The small fish are always hiding in the branches of horn corals. One has to approach them very slowly holding the breath. Then they slowly come out for one picture. The flashlight scares them back again. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/13.0, 22 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 21:35:37

Image 120/133: Fish swarm

A swarm of fish is swimming through the coral garden. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/11.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Wednesday, August 18, 2010 21:39:52

Image 121/133: White tip reef shark

Unfortunately that white tip reef shark was too far away for the macro lens and also for the flash. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 00:22:16

Image 122/133: White tip reef shark

That white tip reef shark just laid down and got disturbed by a photo diver. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 00:23:16

Image 123/133: Clown Triggerfish

This clown triggerfish (lat. balistoides conspicillum) is getting cleaned by a cleaning fish. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/4.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 00:41:12

Image 124/133: Clark's Anemonenfish

This clark's anemonefish is looking out of its anemone. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 00:56:05

Image 125/133: Blue spotted stingray

This blue spotted stingray is hiding under a coral and probably taking a nap. Dive #424: Vatu Vai, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 60 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 01:01:53

Image 126/133: Humpback whales

Three humpback whales. Unfortunately too far away out in the blue. I couldn't get closer and the visibility was bad. The animals were not interested in us and just swam by. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 05:29:22

Image 127/133: Humpback whales

And here the fourth humpback whale of this group, with a young one. — Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 05:29:28

Image 128/133: Anemone fish

An anemone fish with a soft coral, but no anemone nearby. Dive #426: Mount Mutiny, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/8.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 20:55:39

Image 129/133: Soft corals

Colorful soft corals growing on an overhang from top to bottom. Dive #426: Mount Mutiny, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 21:12:35

Image 130/133: Stone corals

A broken stone coral. Here one can see how the pattern of the surface is created by pillars inside of the coral. Dive #426: Mount Mutiny, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/8.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 21:25:59

Image 131/133: Anemones

Here are anemones on the reeftop but no anemone fish. Dive #426: Mount Mutiny, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 21:33:38

Image 132/133: Reef top

The reef top of Mount Mutiny, a rock pillar made of stone corals, grown from 1000m depth. Dive #426: Mount Mutiny, Fiji — Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, August 19, 2010 21:46:40

Image 133/133: GPS Track

I tracked the entire tour with a GPS device.