Namena Marine Reserve
Namena Marine Reserve

Marine Life

Namena 261The Namena Marine Reserve encompasses both Namena Island and the surrounding horseshoe-shaped barrier reef. The Namena Barrier Reef is home to thousands of fish and invertebrate species, and hundreds of species of colorful corals and marine plants. Endangered sea turtles nest on the beaches of Namena Island, and more than a thousand sea birds roost atop the island’s trees. A total of 12 species of whale spend at least part of the year in Fiji’s waters.


  • The Namena Marine Reserve is home to more than 1,000 species of invertebrates, 400 known corals, 445 documented marine plants and over 1,100 fish species.
  • Namena is a migratory pathway for cetaceans; you may encounter species such as bottlenose and spinner dolphins, or pilot, minke, sperm, and humpback whales.
  • Four of the world’s seven sea turtle species can be found in Fiji, and both green and hawksbill sea turtles regularly nest on Namena’s beaches.
  • Namena Island is a primary seabird nesting site, with approximately 600 pairs of protected red- footed booby birds.
  • There are 3 different types of sea snake and numerous land snakes on the islands.
You may encounter:
Eels Blue Ribbon Eel
Rhinomuraena quaesita

This long colorful eel is known throughout the Indo-Pacific as a surprise hunter. The only known moray species to be a protandrous hermaphrodite, it is born as a male but changes into a female if necessary.

barracuda Barracuda
Sphyraena sp.

Known for its sharp teeth and long shape, the barracuda has incorrectly gained a reputation for danger. Attacks on humans are very rare and these species prefer other food sources (whom they track at 40-50 km per hour!).

squid Cephalopods

A variety of squid and other cephalopods are native to Fiji and may be encountered if an individual reveals itself from camouflage.

shark Tiger Sharks
Galeoserdo cuvier

This predatory shark hunts alone and usually at night. Its main diet consists of fish, seals, squid, sharks, and turtles.

turtle Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata

The hawksbill turtle resides in tropical regions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. While still young, the turtles are unable to dive deep and reside mainly in floating sea plants.


The Admission

Admission of F$30 is valid through December 31 of the year of purchase. Tags should be purchased in advance from:

  • The CORAL field representative based in Savusavu: +679 885 3035; 679 740 0704; +679 906 0109
  • The KBDC representative based in Suva: +679 925 4564; +679 728 8855.

See where the fees go.


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