The Somosomo Strait is a narrow channel of water between two of Fiji’s biggest islands, Vanua Levu and Tavenui. This is where nutrient rich water from the deeper ends of the channel are pushed through on the tides providing a constant food supply for the diverse range of marine life that lives there. Home to the Rainbow Reef, one of the Pacific’s most famous dive sites, it is an underwater dream.
At most of the two-dozen dive sites scattered along this magnificent reef you will see soft and hard corals, reef fish and other marine life boasting all the colours of the rainbow. One exception to this is the world famous Great White Wall.
The Great White Wall starts at approximately 20m, going well beyond 30m the soft white corals cover the wall in all directions for as far as can be seen. It is almost as if someone has lit the corals up and sprinkled them with snow, giving Fiji the title of ‘white coral capital of the world.’
While the Great White Wall starts at 20m, there is plenty to see in the shallower water too making this the ideal location for all levels of certified divers. The Rainbow Reef is home to reef sharks, turtles, Christmas tree worms, large clams and more! Along with the wide variety of marine life to be found you will also find all of the 27 species of butterfly fish found in Fiji on the Rainbow Reef.
The Rainbow Reef is home to many overhangs, swim throughs and dive sites over the 30km it spans, it is a truly spectacular place to dive. The water temperature is warm all year round, the visibility is almost always incredible, and the locals are friendly. The best time to dive here is in the dry winter months from April to October as these months tend to have the better visibility.