Corals, cabbages and clowns abound in a kaleidoscope of colours to treat those who take the plunge into any of the many dive sites up and down the Somosomo Strait, Vuna Reef, and around Qamea, Laucala and Matagi Islands.

Around The Rainbow Reef

Diving the Rainbow Reef is one of Taveuni’s top attractions, and it is a relief to see that even after Tropical Cyclone Winston much of this natural wonder remains in excellent condition despite the carnage and destruction on land. Under the water Taveuni’s coral reefs offer an enormous array of subjects for the photographer, complementing the scenery, sunsets and wildlife above. So, whether you be a land-lubber or a scuba diver don’t forget to pack your camera if you visit.

Heather Sutton has been a regular visitor to Fiji over the years, and has more recently been including Taveuni on her itinerary. I first bumped into her last year when she stayed at Taveuni Dive Resort, and she is turning into a something of a regular visitor. Heather combines two hobbies – photography and scuba diving – with equal passion, a significant investment of time, effort, and money that has certainly paid off. The quantity and quality of her photos from a number of dive locations around the world is impressive to say the least.

Here is a small selection of Heather’s photo’s taken on and around the Rainbow Reef in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston:

Corals, cabbages and clowns abound in a kaleidoscope of colours to treat those who drop into any of the many dive sites up and down the Somosomo Strait, Vuna Reef, and around Qamea, Laucala and Matagi Islands.

Except for a few snorkeling trips, I have yet to venture below the waters that surround Taveuni. Enjoying images such as these though it is more than tempting to experience this alternative world first hand, rather than in two-dimensional voyeuristic fashion.

Weedy Wonders, Teeth, and Turtles

One of my favourite little sea creatures is the weird and wonderful Seadragon. Related to the Seahorse it comes in “common” and “leafy” or “weedy” varieties. None are found in Fiji, but they are found in some of Heather’s stomping (splashing?) grounds back in Australia.

My experiences of the Seadragon extend only to National Geographic and the Sydney Aquarium, so just how cool is it to get up close and personal like this:

Getting up close and personal with cute (if rather strange) little critters such as these is one thing.

How about the big boys ?

Well, take a look for yourself:

I’ve seen this photo printed on a large canvas and framed, and it’s pretty impressive. If you have a blank space on the wall that needs filling with some artwork I recommend taking a look at more of Heather’s work. You can find her on Flickr where she has albums featuring dive sites from Australia, the Philippines and Vanuatu.

So, with all this inspirational photography maybe one day soon I’ll get rubbered up myself and do a Scoobie shoot. Sounds like fun.

On a personal note I would like to thank Heather for the excellent and most efficient Nikon D3300 spare parts delivery service provided on this last visit – Vinaka Vakalevu !!

All photos used with permission, copyright Heather Sutton

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