Dakuwaqa's Garden - HD Video of Underwater Footage from Fiji and Tonga

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Underwater footage from the Fiji islands and Tonga. Featuring colorful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves, scuba divers and much more marine life from the south Pacific. The Fiji underwater footage is from Bligh Water, Vatu-i-ra, Namena Marine Reserve, Makogai Island and Gau Island. The Tonga underwater footage is from the Ha'apai region in central Tonga.

The coral reefs of the south Pacific are alive with a huge variety of tropical fish and marine critters. A great way to explore them is to scuba dive with the Nai'a liveaboard boat based in Fiji. It is one of the best liveaboards in the world. I was working as the Nai'a's video pro when I shot this footage.

Dakuwaqa is a shark-god from Fijian mythology.

The underwater footage was shot in high definition HDV 1080i 60i with my Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing. The footage was converted to 720p for YouTube using my high quality method.

The music is In the Meadows by Stephen Richard Thomas Brown, whose wonderful work you can find at these links:

View the names of all the dive sites and names of all the tropical fish and other marine life by turning on closed captions with the CC button. Here is the full shot list of species and dive sites (clips can be licensed for use on my Fiji stock footage page or Tonga stock footage page):

0:00 - Scuba divers enter the water by a backward roll from the Naia's skiff
0:04 - The swimthrough at "E6", Bligh Water, Fiji
0:06 - Scuba diver and reticulated Dascyllus, Dascyllus reticulatus, at "Maytag", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:09 - Scuba diver and anthias at "Mushrooms", South Save-a-Tack, Namena Marine Reserve
0:11 - Schools of anthias at "Coral Corner", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:13 - Scuba divers and swaying shoals of tropical fish "Maytag", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:15 - Anthias at "Coral Corner", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:17 - Scuba diver observes wall with soft corals at "Mellow Yellow", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:20 - Scuba divers in silhouette at "E6"
0:22 - Chironephthya soft corals, Chironephthya sp., at "Mount Mutiny", Bligh Water
0:24 - Cave at "Lion's Den" near Wakaya Island
0:28 - Chironephthya soft corals, Chironephthya sp., at "The Whole Shebang", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:31 - Scuba divers drifting with the current at "The Whole Shebang"
0:33 - Underwater photographer at the top of the coral reef at "Mellow Yellow"
0:35 - Scuba diver at "E6"
0:37 - Coral outcrop at "Kansas" at North Save-a-Tack, Namena Marine Reserve
0:39 - Lyretail anthias, Pseudanthias squamipinnis, at "Howard's Diner", Vatu-i-ra / Bligh Water
0:43 - Underwater videographer at "Maytag"
0:45 - Banded sea krait, Laticauda colubrina, at "Jim's Alley" near Gau Island
0:52 - Pacific sailfin tang, Zebrasoma veliferum, at "Maytag"
0:54 - Button polyps, Zoanthus sociatus, at "Humann Nature", Bligh Water
0:56 - Urn ascidians, Didemnum molle, at "Becky's" near Makogai Island
0:59 - Pom pom Xenia, Xenia sp., at "E6"
1:03 - Barberi clownfish, Amphiprion barberi, at "E6"
1:05 - Barberi clownfish, Amphiprion barberi, at "Cat's Meow", Bligh Water
1:07 - Barberi clownfish, Amphiprion barberi, at "Jim's Alley"
1:11 - Pink anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion, at "Mount Mutiny"
1:13 - Blueband gobies, Valenciennea strigata, at "Lion's Den", Wakaya Island
1:16 - Firefish (fire dartfish / fire goby), Nemateleotris magnifica, at Lua Lafalafa Reef, Ha'apai, Tonga
1:18 - Orbicular batfish, Platax orbicularis, at Lion's Den
1:20 - Teira batfish, Platax teira, over the "Nasi Yalodina" wreck, Bligh Water
1:22 - Elongate surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata, at "Maytag"
1:24 - Blackfin barracuda, Sphyraena qenie, at "Coral Corner"
1:27 - Bigeye trevallies, Caranx sexfasciatus, at "Grand Central Station", North Save-a-Tack, Namena Marine Reserve
1:29 - Schooling bannerfish, Heniochus diphreutes, at "School House", Namena Marine Reserve
1:31 - Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish, Chaetodon ulietensis, at "Cat's Meow"
1:33 - Blue and gold fusiliers, Caesio caerulaurea, over yellow scroll coral at Nigali Passage, Gau Island
1:35 - Barcheek trevally, Carangoides plagiotaenia, at "Tetons", South Save-a-Tack, Namena Marine Reserve
1:37 - Golden damsel, Amblyglyphidodon aureus, & bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, at "Mount Mutiny"
1:40 - Blue and gold fusilier, Caesio caerulaurea, and bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, at "Mount Mutiny"
1:42 - Sunburst anthias, Serranocirrhitus latus, at "Palako's Patch", Ha'apai, Tonga
1:44 - Speckled damsel, Pomacentrus bankanensis, spawning at Uoleva Point, Ha'apai, Tonga
1:46 - Arc-eye hawkfish, Paracirrhites arcatus, at "Anthias Avenue"
1:38 - Longsnout flathead, Thysanophrys chiltonae, at Luangahu Reef, Ha'apai, Tonga
1:51 - Ribbon eel (male), Rhinomuraena quaesita, at "Tetons"
1:53 - Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus, at "Mellow Yellow"
1:55 - Juvenile rockmover wrasse, Novaculichthys taeniourus, at "Two Thumbs Up", South Save-a-Tack, Namena Marine Reserve
1:57 - Firefish (fire dartfish / fire goby), Nemateleotris magnifica, at Lua Lafalafa Reef, Ha'apai, Tonga
2:00 - Red lionfish (common lionfish), Pterois volitans, at "Cat's Meow"
2:02 - Whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus, under "Kansas"
2:04 - Grey reef shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, at Nigali Passage
2:10 - Spaghetti finger leather corals, Sinularia flexibilis, at "Kansas" at night
2:12 - Blue-spotted puffer, Arothron caeruleopunctatus, at "Kansas" at night
2:15 - Blackspotted puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, at Ha'afeva Island, Ha'apai, Tonga
2:17 - Blue-green Chromis, Chromis viridis, at "E6"
2:21 - Red lionfish (common lionfish), Pterois volitans, at "Anthias Avenue"
2:23 - Zebra lionfish, Dendrochirus zebra, at Luangahu Reef
2:28 - Coral grouper, Cephalopholis miniata, at "Becky's" near Makogai Island
2:30 - Dwarf hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys falco, at Luangahu Reef
2:32 - Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis sp., at E6
2:34 - Randall's prawn-goby, Amblyeleotris randalli, at "E6"
2:36 - Signalfin goby, Fusigobius signipinnis, at "E6"
2:39 - Gorgeous prawn goby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri, & snapping shrimp, Alpheus sp., at "Two Thumbs Up"
2:41 - Weedy pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus pontohi, at "Mushrooms"
2:43 - Ornate ghost pipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus, at "Mushrooms"
2:47 - Ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) eggs in brooding pouch at "Mushrooms"
2:50 - Christmas tree worm, Spirobranchus giganteus, at "Becky's"
2:53 - Manta ray, Manta birostris, at Vatu Vai, Wakaya Island
2:58 - Pacific hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata bissa, at Lion's Den
3:03 - Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, mother and calf at Ha'apai, Tonga
3:10 - Malabar grouper, Epinephelus malabaricus, at "Grand Central Station"
3:15 - Honeycomb coral, Diploastrea heliopora, at "Mellow Yellow"
3:19 - "Lion's Den", with bommie of lobed pore coral, Porites lobata
3:21 - Top of the huge coral bommie, "Mushrooms"
3:23 - "Coral Corner", with Fiji Yellow Leather Coral, Sarcophyton Elegans
3:25 - "Mushrooms", with Hoeksema's staghorn coral, Acropora hoeksemai
3:28 - Whitemargin unicornfish, Naso annulatus, at "Mushrooms"
3:30 - Dendronephthya soft coral, Dendronephthya sp., at "E6"
3:32 - Bigeye barracuda, Sphyraena forsteri, at Nigali Passage
3:35 - Underwater photographer shoots Chironephthya soft corals, Chironephthya sp., at Gomo"
3:39 - Underwater photographer shoots the bow of the "Nasi Yalodina" wreck, at Bligh Water
3:41 - The swimthrough at "E6"
3:43 - Lance blenny, Aspidontus dussumieri, at "Anthias Avenue"
3:45 - Triplespot blenny, Crossosalarias macrospilus, at "Tetons"
3:48 - Valentini puffer, Canthigaster valentini, at Luangahu Reef
3:50 - Parrotfish, sheltering behind its mucous membrane at night at Nukupule
3:52 - Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, at "Mushrooms"
3:54 - Blotched fantail ray, Taeniura meyeni, at Ha'afeva Island
3:56 - Orange mantis shrimp, Lysiosquilloides mapia, at "Mellow Yellow"
3:59 - Sexy shrimp (squat shrimp), Thor amboinensis, at "Anthias Avenue"
4:01 - Day octopus, Octopus cyanea, (at night!), at Luangahu Reef
4:04 - Fuchsia flatworms, Pseudobiceros ferrugineus, mating at "Tetons"
4:07 - Bullock's Hypselodoris, Hypselodoris bullocki, at Luangahu Reef
4:09 - Spanish dancer, Hexabranchus sanguineus, (sea slug / nudibranch) at Luangahu Reef
4:14 - Spanish dancer, Hexabranchus sanguineus, (sea slug / nudibranch) swimming at Ha'afeva Island
4:18 - Brown booby, Sula leucogaster, at Vatu-i-ra

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