Jan 302013

In my last post I showed you my gallery of underwater shots from Matangi Island, Fiji.  I’ll tell you a little secret…  I saved the best for last.  Mr. Reeftraveler’s camera was filled with gorgeous shots of colorful soft corals, nudibranchs, moray eels and more.

Below is a gallery of my favorite shots from his Matangi dives.

Jan 272013

I recently wrote about my experience at Matangi Island Resort in Fiji.  We journeyed to Matangi, armed with suitcases full of photo and dive gear, primarily to see what we could discover under its clear turquoise waters.

Shore diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will be happy to hear that there is an extensive house reef which extends several hundred yards off the main beach.  In addition to the house reef, there are many reefs just a short boat ride from Matangi that are prime spots for both diving and snorkeling.  The dive boat leaves each morning for a 2-tank dive, and the snorkeling boat leaves each afternoon.

Here are my favorite shots from my week at Matangi.

Matangi Underwater

Underwater photos from Matangi, Fiji - Shot by Meredith

[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-reefscape2.jpg]Reefscape
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-nemo-closeup.jpg]Clownfish
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-3-butterfly-fish.jpg]Butterflyfish
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_damsel-fish-looking-at-cam-wm.jpg]Curious Damsel
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_blue-star-matangi.jpg]Blue Starfish
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-giant-clam-2-wm.jpg]Giant Clam
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-butterfly-fish-boat-snorkel.jpg]Butterflyfish
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-clownfish-with-anemone.jpg]Clownfish in Anemone
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-worm-with-olympus-wm.jpg]Christmas Tree Worm
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-damsel-fish.jpg]Damselfish in Coral
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-lizard-fish.jpg]Lizardfish
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-reefscape-from-olympus-wm.jpg]Matangi Reefscape
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-snorkel.jpg]Mushroom Coral
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-staghorn-coral-w-fish.jpg]Damselfish in Staghorn Coral
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-starfish-clinging-to-coral.jpg]Blue Starfish on Coral
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-reefscape.jpg]Reefscape
[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/matangi-underwater/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-two-clownfish.jpg]Two Clownfish




Jan 202013

One of my favorite activities to observe and photograph underwater is fish cleaning behavior.  It’s a process called mutualism, since it is mutually beneficial for both species involved.

Certain species are well-known for their job as cleaners, most notably Wrasses, Gobies and Cleaner Shrimp.

What do fish need to be cleaned?  Doesn’t the water naturally cleanse the fish?  Not necessarily.  The cleaner fish addresses issues such as wounds, mucous, dead skin and parasites.  It benefits by absorbing nutrients from this process.

Here is a gallery of my favorite cleaning behavior shots.

For more information, here is an excellent article about cleaning behavior on the Great Barrier reef by Dr. Alexandra Grutter.

Cleaner Fish do Clean!


Jan 162013

We cruised down a dirt road on the island of Taveuni, heading to our launch site for the boat ride to remote Matangi island.  We arrived at the launch, which was an unimpressive muddy brown beach.  I noticed a few people walking on the mainly deserted strip of sand and mud, and then a young boy emerged from his yard with a curious eye.  I exited the van and walked to him with my hand outstretched.  “Hi, can take your picture?”.  No faster could I whip out my camera had he struck a pose.  As I considered whether he had ever see a camera, he had proved to me just how naive my consideration had been.

Taveuni Boy

Jan 112013

Ok, so this post is a bit overdue.  I suppose I can blame my delinquency on a few recent trips (some good and some not-so-good).  The good consisted of a hometown holiday voyage.  And the bad?  An unexpected, yet short, hospital stay for yours truly (a real blast).

I’m finally returning to a subhuman  human-like state.  My plan is to start writing and photo editing this weekend in hopes that I can generate some content that at least one or two of you will find mildly interesting.

Until then, have a great weekend.