Irishman’s Garden

Colourful sponges festoon a cave in Irishman’s Garden which shelters a plethora of reef fish.

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However the abundance of small fish masks what’s lacking—larger fish, predators like snapper, pelagic species like kingfish. So, where are they? Well, it’s complicated…

There are fewer habitats available in a small island group, so the fish life is naturally less diverse. For instance, there are no seagrass meadows here, which are nurseries for juvenile snapper and kingfish. As a result you’ll only see adults, but then surprisingly few of them, and that is mostly due to the fact that big fish are targeted by fishers.

Episodes From This Location

Spirits’ flight

1 minute / 2018

Explore Catton’s Cave

1 minute / 2018

Discover a kina barren

1 minute / 2018

Fishing up a storm

1 minute / 2018

Irishman’s Garden

1 minute / 2018

Dive with dolphins

1 minute / 2018

Dive Arch Pinnacle

1 minute / 2018

Swim with a stingray

1 minute / 2018

Explore Crater Bay

1 minute / 2018

Fly over Manawatawhi

1 minute / 2018