Our Environment

Environment Articles:

Forest Ecosystems


The Mamanuca Group of islands is filled with forests that play a vital role to the local communities and the surrounding life…read more


Mangrove/Wetland Ecosystems


Until recently, mangroves were considered smelly, muddy, mosquito infested swamps and their removal was seen as a sign of progress. Today, many…read more


Seagrass/Intertidal Flats


Seagrass beds are a major component of tropical marine ecosystems throughout the world, and it is the most diverse in the lagoonal systems that are…read more


Coral Reef Ecosystems


Coral reefs are one of the most diverse and beautiful natural environment on earth. The world’s first coral reefs occurred about 500 million years ago, and the first close relatives of modern…read more


Deep Water


The deep water or open ocean is divided into several layers based on the overall depth. The top layer is called…read more


Protecting Coral Reefs


Why are we told not to touch corals? Altough corals look like strong sturdy rocks, they are in fact very fragile creatures…read more


Threats to Coral Reefs—Natural Impacts


Coral Reefs are suffering from natural and anthropogenic threats. Anthropogenic means human influence or human impact. Many…read more


Threats to Coral Reefs—Human Impacts


Collection of coral for construction and use in the curio trade. Coral has a multitude of uses as a construction tool…read more


Fiji’s Natural Environment


The WWF say: The islands of Fiji provide one of the world’s most outstanding tropical marine environments, attracting growing numbers of tourists and marine resource…read more


The Mamanuca Islands Group


The Mamanuca Islands have been the focus of tourism development in Fiji for many years and receive a substantial visitation of tourists……..read more



Common Reef Creatures—Invertebrates


Here are some common creatures you will see whilst snorkelling on the reefs around the Mamanucas…..read more


Common Reef Creatures—Hard Corals


Coral reefs are one of the most diverse and beautiful natural environments on earth. The world’s first coral reefs…read more


Common Reef Creatures—Reef Fish


Fish exhibit a diverse array of life styles to cope with living together in the crowded and competitive world of the reef…read more


Endangered Species Overview


What is an endangered species? An endangered species is a population of any living organism that is at risk of becoming extinct because…read more


Common Reef Creatures—Reef Fish Continued


Triggerfish are deep bodied, compressed fish with an almost diamond shaped body. Their eyes are…read more


Endangered Fish


The adult Humphead wrasse develops a prominent hump on the forehead and has thick lips. Like the bumphead…read more


Endangered Shells


The Triton Trumpet Snail is now a rare find in the Pacific, most often found at…read more


Endangered Iguanas


The Fijian Crested Iguana, Brachylophus vitiensis, is endemic to the Fiji Islands and is currently listed as Critically Endangered under The International Union…read more


Humpback Whales


The humpback whale is one of the many whales that pass through Fiji waters and are probably best known for their songs…read more


Marine Turtles


All marine turtle species are experiencing serious threats to their survival. Marine turtles are recognised internationally as species of…read more


Hawksbill Turtle


The hawksbill turtle is small to medium sized compared to other sea turtle species. Adults weigh 45 to 65kg on average, but can grow…read more


Green Turtle


The ‘vonu dina’ is the largest of all the hard-shelled sea turtles. While hatchlings are just 2 inches (50mm) long…read more


Loggerhead Turtle


The ‘tuvonu’ is known for it’s relatively large head (thus the name Loggerhead). The carapace length of the adult averages…read more


Leatherback Turtle


The ‘tutuwalu’ or leatherback is the only sea turtle that lacks a hard bony shell. Rather it consists of a leathery, oil saturated…read more