Respect Our Reef

Some simple tips to follow when swimming, snorkelling or diving..

To avoid injury to self and damage to coral

Please enter & exit the water between the two right hand rock groynes, as this is the deepest channel.

Avoid snorkelling out past the yellow buoys as the local boats usually cruise outside them, and always keep an ear and eye out. It is well worth snorkelling south of Lelepa Landing but look out for boats around the landing. Turtles and dugongs have been seen along this shore.


Remember that mid to high tide is the best time to snorkel or dive, and full sunlight gives those wonderful colours more vibrancy. Periods of calm or low wind make for more enjoyable snorkelling.

This will give you the greatest opportunity to see all of the marine life that this magical place has to offer.

Do Not Touch

Look and enjoy the reef life, but please DO NOT touch.

Some life forms are very delicate, others sharp and some may sting. If cut or stung, try to identify the creature, and follow first-aid instructions as in next section.

Do Not Stand or Sit on Coral

DO NOT stand or sit on Coral, if necessary find a sandy patch.

DO NOT walk on reef at low tide.

Apply disinfectant cream to coral cuts or scrapes as soon as possible after rinsing with fresh water. Use water-proof band-aids to cover larger injuries. If swelling and infection sets in see a doctor. There is one on highway in Vila, heading up the hill past Grand Hotel Casino on the left.

Please Do Not Litter or Throw Food Scraps into The Water

To preserve our wonderful marine life, please do not litter or throw food scraps into the water.
Carry a little wet bread or fish scraps in a zip-lock bag to feed the fish, but do not go overboard.

Fishing is NOT permitted in front of Havannah Blue or neighbouring

“Take only photos and leave only footprints” (On the beach that is!)


Only kayak at mid to high tide. Launch and paddle out from between the two right hand groynes. Do not scrape the kayaks across the reef or strike the reef with paddles.

Bring kayaks and paddles up onto dry land when not in use. Tides can rise quickly and loose kayaks and submerged paddles can damage the reef.


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