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  • Dive depth: 5 - 10m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Wreck


    Brown-banded pipefish (Fijian banded pipefish, red-banded pipefish)

    Length: 5 - 10cmFound at depth: 1 - 31m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 35m  Visibility: 30 - >30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Wall


    Whale shark

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    4-9

    Length: 9.7 - 12m, max. reported length: 12.65mWeight: 9800kg, max. reported weight: 21000kgFound at depth: 0 - 700m, usually 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Drift, Shark and Wall


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 18 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: None - 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Night dive and Reef


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Shark and Wreck


  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Wreck


  • Dive depth: 60 - 99m


  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m


  • Dive depth: 30 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes and Wreck


  • Dive depth: 50 - 50m


  • Dive depth: 20 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Wreck


  • Dive depth: 19 - 33m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Drift and Reef


    Dash-and-dot goatfish (Dash-dot goatfish, spotted golden-goatfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 30 - 60cmFound at depth: 1 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Wreck


    Leaf scorpionfish (Leaf fish, paper fish, paper scorpionfish, sailfin leaf fish, swayfish, three-spined scorpionfish)

    Max. length: 10cmFound at depth: 5 - 135m, usually 5 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef, Shark and Wall


    Humphead wrasse (Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, giant maori wrasse, giant wrasse, mameng, merer, double-headed Maori wrasse, double-headed parrot-fish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 0.6 - 2.29mMax. weight: 191kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 2 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Drift and Shark


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Shark


    Black-cheek moray eel (Masked moray)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 100cmFound at depth: 4 - 40m, usually 8 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 20m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃


    Australian black-tip shark (Black-tip shark, black-tip whaler, Tilston’s whaler shark, Whitley’s black-tip shark)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 150 - 180cm, max. reported length: 200cmMax. weight: 52kgFound at depth: 3 - 150m, max. reported depth: 150m, usually 3 - 50m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Shark


    Australian black-tip shark (Black-tip shark, black-tip whaler, Tilston’s whaler shark, Whitley’s black-tip shark)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 150 - 180cm, max. reported length: 200cmMax. weight: 52kgFound at depth: 3 - 150m, max. reported depth: 150m, usually 3 - 50m

  • Dive depth: 13 - 20m  Visibility: 20 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Drift, Shark and Wall


    Black-tip grouper (Banded reef cod, black-tipped grouper, footballer cod, golden grouper, red-banded grouper, red-barred cod, red-banded grouper, reef cod, scarlet rock-cod, seabass, striped grouper )

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 22 - 40cmMax. weight: 2kgFound at depth: 4 - 160m, usually 20 - 45m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 30m  Visibility: 30 - >30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Orange clownfish (Eastern clown anemonefish, Eastern clownfish, black-finned clownfish, clown anemonefish, clownfish, orange anemonefish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 11cmFound at depth: 1 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef and Shark


    Black-cheek moray eel (Masked moray)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 100cmFound at depth: 4 - 40m, usually 8 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 16m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Shark and Wreck


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Wall


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 15 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Wall


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 15 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 19 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef, Shark and Wall


    Whale shark

    Length: 9.7 - 12m, max. reported length: 12.65mWeight: 9800kg, max. reported weight: 21000kgFound at depth: 0 - 700m, usually 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 18m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃


    Big-eye trevally (Banded cavalla, big-eye kingfish, big-eye trevally, big-eye kingfish, dusk jack, giant trevally, horse mackerel, horse mackerel trevally, horse-eye jack, six-banded trevally, six-band trevally, tille jack, turrum, yellow jack)

    Length: 60 - 120cmMax. weight: 18kgFound at depth: 1 - 146m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Exploratory and Reef


    Steephead parrotfish (Pacific steephead parrotfish, blunt-head parrotfish, gibbus parrotfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 49 - 70cmMax. weight: 5.4kgFound at depth: 1 - 50m, usually 1 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 19 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Cave, Reef and Shark


    Humphead wrasse (Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, giant maori wrasse, giant wrasse, mameng, merer, double-headed Maori wrasse, double-headed parrot-fish)

    Length: 0.6 - 2.29mMax. weight: 191kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 2 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 16m  Visibility: 20 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Reef


    Barrier reef anemonefish (Clown fish, brown anemonefish, guarded anemone fish, two-banded anemonefish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 9cmWeight: 0.027kgFound at depth: 25m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 16m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Reef


    Map puffer (Map blaasop, scribbled pufferfish, scribbled toadfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 65cmFound at depth: 1 - 30m, usually 4 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Reef


    Map puffer (Map blaasop, scribbled pufferfish, scribbled toadfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 65cmFound at depth: 1 - 30m, usually 4 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 20 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Reef


    White-tip reef shark

    Length: 110 - 160cm, max. reported length: 213cmFound at depth: 1 - 330m, max. reported depth: 330m, usually 8 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Cave and Reef


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Shark


    Clown anemonefish (Ocellaris clownfish, false percula clownfish, anemone demoiselle, anemone fish, clownfish, common clownfish, false clown anemonefish, false clownfish, puller, western clown anemonefish, western clownfish)

    Max. length: 11cmFound at depth: 1 - 15m, usually 3 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 7 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Loggerhead sea turtle

    Length: 80 - 100cm, max. reported length: 122cmWeight: 75 - 160kg, max. reported weight: 227kgFound at depth: 0m

  • Dive depth: 19 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef and Shark


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 5 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Shark


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 18 - 20m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 19 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef and Shark


    Coral hind (Blue-spotted rockcod, coral cod, coral grouper, coral rockcod, coral trout, red coral perch, red grouper, reef cod, round-tailed trout, seabass, vermilion grouper, vermilion seabass)

    Max. length: 50cmFound at depth: 2 - 150m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Shark


    Pink skunk clownfish (Pink anemonefish, false skunk striped clown, false skunk-striped anemonefish, white-maned anemonefish, white-banded anemonefish)

    Length: 6 - 7cmFound at depth: 1 - 38m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 20 - >30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Drift and Reef


    Pink skunk clownfish (Pink anemonefish, false skunk striped clown, false skunk-striped anemonefish, white-maned anemonefish, white-banded anemonefish)

    Length: 6 - 7cmFound at depth: 1 - 38m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Reef and Wall


    Ornate butterflyfish

    Max. length: 20cmFound at depth: 1 - 36m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef


    Eschmeyer‘s scorpionfish

    Max. length: 23cmFound at depth: 18 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 7 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: None - 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef


    Blue-spotted pufferfish

    Max. length: 80cmFound at depth: 2 - 25m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Orange skunk clownfish (Eastern skunk anemonefish, golden anemonefish, golden angelfish, yellow clownfish, yellow skunk clownfish)

    Max. length: 14cmFound at depth: 3 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type: Big fishes, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

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