A very special dive
The mandarin fish or mandarin dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus), is a small, max. 6cm/2.3 inch, brightly-colored member of the dragonet family and native to the Pacific. It is named after the colorful attire of the Chinese Mandarin (bureaucrat in imperial China).
Only a few minutes boat ride from our dive center lays Rainbow Reef, a reef falling from about 2 m/6 ft down to 18 m/60 ft.
At dusk (we leave the dive shop between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm) these beautiful little creatures come out of their coral homes (4 – 10 m/12 – 30 ft depth) and start to show themselves.
The spectacle starts with feeding and hiding between finger corals – the later the evening, the more relaxed these sweet little vivid colored fishes. Boy meets girl and the unique mating dance of these psychedelic colored fishes starts – this is the time for all photographers – mandarin close ups!
This dive is an absolute must – and suitable for everyone
Scuba Magazine rates Rainbow Reef as the best dive site in the world to observe mandarin fish