Diving Namena Reef

Namenalala was our primary destination in the Lomaivitis because the diving in the reef surrounding the islet is famously colorful.

It was some of the more challenging diving we've seen. The reef is large, two miles from the anchorage near the center, and deep, making for sloppy surface chop and unpredictable swell. The conditions we met made for a bumpy 20 minute dinghy ride to each dive site. The water is clear and the sights are deep, and when combined with free-diving through the turbulence of the surface chop, seeing the sights was a vertiginous experience to say the least.

The spins were worth it. The coral spires we dove were covered in electric violet and lime green corals, sea fans, and spectacular swirls of technicolor fish.