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Dive Site: Big W

Location: Near Malolo Island, Mamanuca

Description: Wall dive

Depth: Drops to 500m + (1500 feet)

Visibility: 100 metres (300 feet)

Rating: *****

On the outside edge of the huge barrier reef pretty much directly west of the northern tip of Malolo Island (I actually don't know the name of the reef itself and we have been unable to get any charts that cover it) is a huge wall dive. The wall itself drops off some 500m+ and is shaped like, you guessed it, a Big W. In the middle cleft of the W is a hole which looks like something from a sci-fi movie. The wall starts to bottom out and you can make out the ocean floor but then there is a big circular dark black void. As someone who has never really been particularly interested in super deep diving it was the first time I have ever been drawn to go further. And further. Fortunately the TDI instructor I was diving with broke my trance and led me back up to 50m...

The coral here is not spectacular but on separate occasions I have seen a pod of five eagle rays swimming in formation, a pilot whale and calf, a school of around one hundred of the oddest jellyfish I have ever encountered, a solitary tiger shark and a table-sized loggerhead turtle. And when I say not spectacular the reef here is very nice - new growth plate corals, your usual suspect South Pacific reef fishes and, let's face it, even the most average reef looks nice when the visibility is 100m+.

Rick Davies, DiveCon Specialist Instructor

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