Fantantic dives and fantastic group!

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Fantantic dives and fantastic group!

As always t is great to welcome our new guests aboard the Fiji Siren Liveaboard. To kick things off on a good note we had the band up on the side singing the welcoming song of Fiji.
We decided on staying anchored near one of the bigger island for the night before moving out to the Vatu-I-Ra. We had one day’s diving planned out in the Bligh Waters before we carried on to Gau and the Nigali Passage. The first sites we dropped into were amazing. We had Maytag and Mellow Yellow set out and the visibility couldn’t have been better. There was light current but still enough to have all the fish out and about.

grsOnce the diving was done in Vatu-I-Ra, we picked up the anchor and motored our way far south to the most southern point of the trip to have some magical dives with the sharks. With the tides only being favorable to dive the passage in late afternoon so we had four day dives planned instead of having a night dive. This way we could fit in 2 dives on the passage. The morning dives went very smooth and then we hit the passage and we had sharks crawling all over the place. We had a few small schools of barracuda and there were some vibrant soft corals in the shallows. There was even a nice big banded sea snake hunting behind the bleachers. We finished the dive wanting more. For the night, we steamed nice and close to shore where we saw a few people from one of the villages come out and say hello.

Leaving in the middle of night we found our way to Wakaya for our next day’s diving and hopefully some big life. We managed to get a few Mantas throughout the day at each site but no Hammerheads came within vision range, even at Wakaya Wall where they frequent the most.

IMG 4495It was time to turn the boat around and make our way onward to Namena, where we would be spending a couple of nights at anchor in the Marine Reserve. To start things off we planned for a dive at Grand Central Station. We had some very large Dogtooth Tuna jet passed us all and a few Grey Reef Sharks come out of the blue and sweep on by. As the tides depict where we go in Namena we would spend the rest of the day in South Save-A-Tack diving on Chimneys and Black Forest. Chimneys was its usual colourful self with it multitudes of soft coral and hard coral gardens. There were plenty of small critters to keep everyone happy and to finish off there was the absolutely massive section of reef which was covered in Anemones.

barracudaBright and early the next day after a wonderful night sleep at anchor we entered into Grand Central again to have a second look around this great site. We ended up with more tuna; hundreds of redtooth trigger fish, leaf fish and much much more. We stayed out for the second dive and jumped into Schoolhouse where we had the biggest school of Barracuda we have seen in a long time. There was also our friendly Surgeon Palette Fish floating around the shallows (Dori from Finding Nemo). For the very last day of diving we did full circle and came back to Vatu-I-Ra and the famous site of E-6. We spent our last few hours diving this site twice and checking it from all angles before starting our long trek back home.

Thank you to everyone who was on this trip it was fantastic having you. The group dynamic was truly spectacular and we could not of asked for more. Vinaka Vake Levu to you all

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