‘Bula vinaka and a very big welcome on-board Fiji Siren, this will be your home for the next 7-nights and we are your Fijian family’ – that’s the way I like to begin every cruise! For this charter we had a very leisurely start, slow casual fun briefings, lots of time spent setting-up new dive equipment and cameras, getting strobes sorted, generally chatting to each other and making new friends. For this cruise we were also fortunate enough to have Mig Wehrle, GM Aqualung Southeast Asia with us, who was officially on his honeymoon with his beautiful wife Meike, however brought along lots of new Aqualung toys and equipment for everyone to try out and for many of us to put on our ‘wish list’.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!!! Once again we find ourselves wondering where the time went and how did we end up here so fast. We have had some great times with all of our guests on board the Fiji Siren and ALL the crew wish everyone the best for their own year to come.
Bula All! The Fiji Siren welcomed on board a group of happy divers all very exicted to start their liveaboard dive trip in Fiji! The weather forecasts were looking impeccable so we shot off first thing to go and enjoy a dive out to Amazing Maze to get us started. This was a great start with the site covered in soft corals and many of the swim through having big sea fans over the entrances and the inner walls littered with coral. We decided to stay out in Vatulaca Reef for the evening and dive this area once more to enjoy the pleasingly light currents and abundance of colourful corals.
Another beautiful day in our pacific paradise as we prepare for more adventures on the high seas surrounding the 333-islands which make-up Fiji. Shortly after boarding, the Fiji Siren was away towards our first dive site and a chance for many to experience their first taste of Fijian diving at its finest. A favorite shake-down location of recent has been Amazing Maze, a nice gentle shallow dive with a good array of critters from nudibranch and scorpion fish to octopus and schooling barracuda as well as ample gorgonian sea fans, anemone and a mixture of soft and hard coral plus of course a maze of tunnels and passages giving the site its name.
Bula once again divers!! For this cruise we had some super special return guest aboard with us for our 10-day trek around the Lomaiviti and up to Taveuni. We started our liveaboard dive trip in the Bligh Waters of Fiji.
Ni Sa Bula and welcome to another week of fabulous diving aboard the S/Y Fiji Siren. This week we had a very mixed group of divers from all over the world, some close and some far. We had a couple from the extended Siren Fleet family (Chris & Helen) joining us on their 4th Siren cruise and a few others doing their second journeys and even a couple joining for their first ever Siren trip. We had English, French, German, Dutch, Polish, Danish and American.
Grey reef sharks gracefully negotiating their way amongst what must have literally been a smorgasbord for them
The Fiji Siren crew was very happy to welcome back ‘photo pro’ Mr Douglas Hoffman who was on-board conducting another underwater photography workshop throughout the cruise as well as a bunch of repeat guests! To start our subsurface proceedings it was a quick hop over to our neighboring island, Nananu-I-Ra, where we got straight into the swing of things with a nice easy shake-down dive at Amazing Maze among myriads of swim-through adorned with beautiful gorgonian sea fans and of course no dive in Fiji would ever be complete without thousands upon thousands of colourful anthias.
Bula once again from the Fiji Siren Crew! We kicked off the week diving in the Vatu Passage with a couple of mild dives to Mellow Yellow and Black Magic Mountain both hast slack tide making for a very easy spin around the pinnacles. We had a couple of reef sharks and barracuda float with us through the water. After three dives here we picked up the anchor and moved the Fiji Siren onwards to Wakaya Island.
Once again we find ourselves greeting a new set of diver aboard the S/Y Fiji Siren, this time all were from Santa Barbara in the United States of America. This was to be one of the greatest cruises we have been on as all the guests were friends who had travelled together in one way shape or form. Some from diving and others in snow skiing. The crew realized not long after greeting these exceptional people that we were in for a big week of antics.
The Fiji Siren welcomed on board an eclectic group of divers all ready for their live aboard dive vacations in Fiji! We decided that the first day we should get out and dive once we reached the Vatu-I-Ra Passage with Howards Diner, a nice easy dive with minimal current to get all divers back in the water and comfortable with everything. We spent the evening on Anchor in the passage as we would be diving the very next day at this location.