As we were having our breakfast at the hotel before heading off diving, this was our view. The Garden Island Resort
is a wonderful place to sit with great views and amazing wildlife (more on that another time). We were about to head out to do our first day of diving, and were hoping to dive the famous Rainbow Reef, so we took this as a good sign!
We met up with the team from Paradise Taveuni
on their boat Taveuni Explorer and set out for Rainbow Reef, which would, indeed, be our first dive of the day (and trip). It did not disappoint! The reef is incredible, with colourful soft corals clinging to every available space. Healthy hard corals spring up from the sea bed. The number of coral species on this reef is mind-boggling.
It is wonderful to see the reef in this great state of health after the cyclone that hit earlier in the year. Whilst some of the very shallowest, and much further inshore, reefs did suffer, there is no sign of damage here. For healthy coral like this, a moderate current is to be expected and we certainly got that! It is hard to get everything together when the current is running, and you are trying to get shots as you fin against it, and sometimes you have to just enjoy the ride. The view is well worth it.