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Tokoriki Island Resort Marine Reserve: favourite dive site

Monday March 26, 2007

Tokoriki Island Resort Marine Reserve is fast becoming a favourite dive site. Still generally suitable for beginner divers (calm, sheltered, shallow and close proximity to land), we are starting to see more species from higher up in the food chain.

White tip reef shark are commonly sited as well as a large resident school of blue fin trevally. Very interestingly on several occasions we have seen a large great barracuda (around 1m long) as well as a very big giant trevally (around 40kg) which buzzed Alex and some Discover Scuba Divers in 10 metres of water.

…We were having such a great dive, the current was running gently onto the reef and the fish were everywhere…my two divers were on their first dive ever, and were loving every minute of it… They were pointing enthusiastically at everything from holothurians to feather stars. Whilst we were admiring the coral growth on Tokoriki’s artificial reef (see environmental pages), my divers pointed out beyond me. Turning around, I couldn’t believe my eyes as this huge GT swam within a few metres of us before turning off into the blue…

Also in the lagoon, baby black tip reef sharks no more than 1/2 metre long, cruise in the shallows hitting on the large schools of bait fish that live inshore. The sharks are so fearless that it is possible to snorkel amongst them… they’re not the least bit bothered.

For the more adventurous diver, the Salamanda ship wreck is a good dive at the moment. The glass fish are back. Millions of these transluscent fish cram in every cabin, attracting lion fish, predatory fish such as barracuda, Spanish mackerel and trevally, as well as lots of brown marbled grouper, purple spotted cod and coral trout. The Salamada Ship Wreck can be done as part of a two-tank dive for experienced divers only.

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