The Great Sea Reef

The Great Sea Reef

The Great Sea Reef, locally known as Cakaulevu, is the world’s third longest continuous barrier reef system. Situated in this remote region of the Fiji Islands, untouched by human activity, this amazing coral reef is still in a very pristine condition.

The Great Sea Reef

The Great Sea Reef, locally known as Cakaulevu, is the world’s third longest continuous barrier reef system. Situated in this remote region of the Fiji Islands, untouched by human activity, this amazing coral reef is still in a very pristine condition.

The GSR has an area of 202,700 square kilometers and runs for over 200km from the north eastern tip of Udu point in Vanua Levu to Bua at the north west edge of Vanua Levu, across the Vatuira passage, veering off along the way to hug the coastline of Ra and Ba provinces and into the Yasawas. As it snakes its way across the western sections of the country’s sea, the reef system takes on different local names but is all part of one barrier reef system.

Nukubati is the only resort in Fiji with access to this vast underwater treasure. Remote, pristine and untouched, this enormous reef with miles of hard and soft corals, is being explored by guests of Nukubati Island. Manta rays, turtles, dolphins and whales parade among uncountable numbers of fish life, with a myriad of Nudibranchs, gastropods and crustaceans displaying around the corals.
During your stay at Nukubati, you can explore the reef in any number of ways, from the very special and unique experience of scuba diving or snorkelling with the Nukubati Dive Team to exciting trawling for the big fish on our sports fishing boat.

The GSR has an area of 202,700 square kilometers and runs for over 200km from the north eastern tip of Udu point in Vanua Levu to Bua at the north west edge of Vanua Levu, across the Vatuira passage, veering off along the way to hug the coastline of Ra and Ba provinces and into the Yasawas. As it snakes its way across the western sections of the country’s sea, the reef system takes on different local names but is all part of one barrier reef system.

Nukubati is the only resort in Fiji with access to this vast underwater treasure. Remote, pristine and untouched, this enormous reef with miles of hard and soft corals, is being explored by guests of Nukubati Island. Manta rays, turtles, dolphins and whales parade among uncountable numbers of fish life, with a myriad of Nudibranchs, gastropods and crustaceans displaying around the corals.
During your stay at Nukubati, you can explore the reef in any number of ways, from the very special and unique experience of scuba diving or snorkelling with the Nukubati Dive Team to exciting trawling for the big fish on our sports fishing boat.

According to the WWF, a recent survey of the Great Sea Reef showed that it is home to 55% of all the known coral reef fish species in Fiji, 74% of all the known coral species, 44% of the known marine flora and 44% of Fiji’s endemic reef fish species.

“The survey team also recorded 117 species of sponges, 31 species of coelenterate and 12 species of ascidians,” a WWF information kit said.

Among the rare, endangered and newly recorded species discovered were:
 

  • 12 species listed on the IUCN red list of threatened species, including 10 species of fish, turtle (Chelonia mydas) and spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris).
  • Populations of the locally extirpated and nationally endangered bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopom muricatum).
  • 3 species of fish considered to be endemic to Fiji including one new species (Pommacentrus sp.) and one possible new record (Chromis opercularis) previously known only within the range of the Indian Ocean.
  • 16 species considered to be new additions to the flora of the Fiji archipelago with two possible newly identified species, namely Ceramium sp. and Crousania sp.
  • Within the hard corals, 43% new records were documented for Fiji. Of these, 2 were new genera, and 3 are believed to be geographic range extensions.
  • Unusual distant offshore mangrove island fringing reef habitats were found to be of surprisingly high diversity and productivity. These highly dynamic, tidally influenced systems are considered to be “keystone habitats” of crucial importance to maintaining the ecological integrity of the entire coastline

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