|Neon clams against mauve coral. How cool is that?!? Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
Unwilling to pop $55/person for Sawa-i-Lau’s caves, I looked a little deeper for my fun – snorkeling!
Hard to believe, but nearly a month passed since my last snorkel, on Makogai.
Best of all, the tourists came mostly for Yasawa’s Sawa-i-Lau caves, so the likelihood of a fin in my face was low — for the most part these crystal clear waters were all mine! The skies were sunny, the waters warm, the coral heads, substantial.
|These guys like to hide in plain sight, motionless., almost as though the believe they’re invisible. In the right spot, |
they very nearly are. Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.
Like the Tonga’s Ha’apais, Yasawa’s Sawa-i-Lau reefs appear to be partly in recovery. While there is some dead coral, some corals remained healthy and others bear bright new “buds” of growth.
|Our friend Patty of Armagh called this set-up “the Nursery.” Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
The reef is populated with the usual tropical pretties… Again, like most of Tonga, turtles, rays, sharks — larger species, to me the primary indicators of a vibrant ecosystem were are noticeable in their absence.
Still, definitely worth the dip.
|Curious? Or protective or harassed? Clownfish in anemones.|
Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.
And thanks to finally seeing Finding Nemo, whenever I see clownfish, as I did there, predictably amidst the anemones, I keep hearing Albert Brooks (Marlin) and Ellen DeGeneres (Dory)’s voices. While I’m not nor do I have any intention of bagging the cuties for anyone’s aquarium, I now wonder if they feel harassed and protective, when before i just thought they were curious.
|Not sure what this was, but its head reminded me of a seahorse, Tip to tail, it was about five inches long. Michele & Mark of svreach.com noted it is indeed a relative of the seahorse — a pipefish, perhaps a dragon-faced pipefish. Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
In the reefs, the only thing I take, is pictures.
|That fuzzy-looking reddish creature in the lower right corner is bad news for the reef. It’s a crown of thorn,a coral eater with a voracious appetite.Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
|Another crown of thorn, this one’s the sea foam green colored spikes, below the white coral. Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
|The changes in tides and light transformed the colors and shapes of these cool rock spires at Sawa-i-Lau, Fiji’s Yasawas isles.|