Another week in the Soft Coral Capital of the World!
Another week in the Soft Coral Capital of the World!…
This week the Fiji Siren is welcoming aboard new and repeaters guests. After a quick tour of the boat we had some divers in the water for a quick check out dive at The Amazing Maze just off of Volivoli Resort. With everyone dried off and warmed up – Jon was able to get through the full boat, dive and safety briefings before, and finish up with the emergency drills right after dinner. Our first full day of diving, the Bligh Waters, was spent anchored near the reef system at the island of Vatu-I-Ra. Mellow Yellow, Maytag and Alacrity Reef gave the group their first taste of the true colors Fiji with the soft corals under water.
After our third dive we lifted anchor for a 9 hour steam south to one of the favorite destinations of our guests – Gau, the Island of the Sharks. We spent two full days diving Nigali Passage and the outter reef at Gau where everyone got their fill of Grey Reef Sharks, Barracuda, Trevally and the beautiful Cabbage Coral patch. After our third dive on our second day at Gau, the crew readied the boat and we started our 12 hour crossing to Taveuni and the world famous Rainbow Reef where everyone was anticipating 2 more days of diving. Two nice days of diving with 8 dives and 6 different dive sites treated the group to the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World.” The highlight for the group and the dive site that always has the guests asking for a repeat dive is the Great White Wall. With its soft white corals at depth, and the super variety of miscellaneous colored soft corals up on the ‘plateau’ above the wall, this dive site simply continues to amaze. Ren้, our guest from Switzerland, said it looked just like it did when he dived there 18 years ago! With Taveuni in our proverbial rear view mirror, the Siren did a morning dive at Dreamhouse just off the south coast of Vanua Levu. Grey reef sharks were in attendance, as well as some octopus and all the other usual reef creatures. After that, we set our sights on the Namena Marine Reserve and the first dive at Chimneys was amazing and divers loved it! As we bounced back and forth between north and south save a tack passages following the currents and tides, the diving continued to impress us! Our pygmy seahorses were always here to be photographed. We finished off the diving at the reserve with a dive on North Save A Tack Passage and two on the South side at Fantasy, and a re-do at Black Forest. Our last night dive was at Namena Ship Wreck – just off the beach.
At midnight we lifted anchor to head towards our final two dives in the Bligh Water at E-6 and Mt. Mutiny (aka High 8). The amazing hard corals and the hairy ghost pipe fish were spotted during the dives. After the diving, we made our way back to Volivoli Beach Resort and settled in for our final night Bar-B-Que. Happy and satisfied, the guests enjoyed dinner, cocktails, and playing cards with some of the crew well into the evening. In the morning , ‘Isa Lei’, our farewell song, was played as the guests boarded the tenders for the short two minute ride back to land after a fantastic 10 nights at Sea. Goodbyes and tears were shared as everyone began their journeys back home. Vinaka vakalevu to our guests, and we look forward to your return to the Fiji Siren.