Reef Sanctuary & Snorkeling

The Reef at Your Doorstep

The complex canvas of sand, rock and coral that makes up Navini Island is surrounded by a beautiful reef. Since 1988, the waters surrounding Navini have been a sanctuary and, as such, they are teeming with sea-life. The original reef agreement was made between the founder of Navini Island Resort, Arthur Reed, and the late Tui Lawa (king) Ratu Filipe. Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu (Ratu Filipe’s son), commented that there had been an increase in the number of fish in the area because Navini’s reef sanctuary provided a safe breeding ground for marine creatures.

Navini Island’s sanctuary plays host to schools of small blue chromis and anemonefish, large bluefin trevally roaming boldly across the reef, and grouper lurking under ledges. There are regular sightings of turtles, lobster, clams, spotted ribbontail rays and reef sharks. Even lionfish and the elusive octopus are seen on occasion, as are eagle rays and hawksbill turtles.

Juvenile hawksbill turtles are spotted around Navini; generally they are found in the deeper water around the slope or further out. During nesting season, adult turtles will come high up on the beach to nest.

The coral on Navini’s reef sanctuary is best on the north reef slope, as well as in the deeper water. There are large heads of staghorn, brain and fan coral, as well as soft sea anemones. On the reef crest, small heads of coral can be found growing and rejuvenating.

Guests can explore the reef sanctuary at their leisure, right from the beach in front of their bures. Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment is available for guests, as are spyboards and kayaks with viewing windows to see this underwater world.

The water is normally clear and excellent for snorkelling, with an average visibility of 20 metres, although it can become murky with swells or unsettled weather. Water temperature remains pleasant throughout the year, averaging between 26°C (79°F) mid-year to 29°C (84°F) during the warmer months from December to February.