This is the second in my bi-weekly (*cough...*) series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you on through your final day in the office or maybe remind you to dig out those pushed-back travel plans. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break...
These little Green Chromis* fish were so abundant around Nanuya Balavu Island that at times it felt a little like we were swimming through a teeming soup. The reflections on the under-surface of the water not only create a mesmerising pattern, but in this photo, give you some impression of how it felt to be totally surrounded by these fish.
Nanuya Balavu, part of the Yasawa group on the Western fringes of Fiji, is known to tourists as "Mantaray Island" for obvious reasons. A sighting is never guaranteed, but we swam with them twice while we were there. Both the boats and groups are small and I didn't feel like we were putting any unethical stress on the manta-rays while they simply swum gracefully underneath us against a current we couldn't possibly hope to battle with. It was five years ago, but seeing them still stands out as one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
<- Oh... I couldn't leave you without a manta-ray even if the quality is terrible.
*I think this is what they are, but please let me know if you have a more professional identification.
We were lucky enough to stay for a week on our trip around the world as a birthday present to my friend and travelling partner Ailsa. Thank-you so much David and Heather!