After a day of relaxation, safety briefings and delicious dinner, the divers aboard the Fiji Siren were ready for the first 3 dives of this liveaboard trip; Mellow Yellow, Howard’s Diner and Coral Corner. The sun was rising and the winds were calm – for sure it was a Hot Fiji Day! After 3 great dives and very impressive SMB deployments we headed south to the Island of Gau, to once again go face to face with schooling grey reef sharks. Gau’s Nigali Passage did not disappoint with the guests super happy with schools and schools of sharks, trevally and barracuda. The day ended with Julien, one of our French guests, sighting a manta during the night dive!
In the morning we headed up to Wakaya Island for our fourth day of the trip, the weather was still perfect and happily we spotted 3 hammerheads during the dives, leaving divers with big smiles on their faces. As the day came to a close, we had dinner while steaming north to the highly anticipated dives at Taveuni Island. The weather was superb and we were afforded the opportunity to spend 4 days diving at the numerous sites in the Somosomo Strait and of course the world famous Rainbow Reef. Soft corals of all colors, sharks, mantas, ghostpipe fish and everything you can imagine were spotted by the guides and guests. The Great White Wall was definitely one of the favorite sites we were able to dive. The weather has been unbelievable with light daily trade winds and plenty of sunshine.
We were also able to take a land excursion to the Bouma Falls National Heritage Park and anchored just near Civa Pearl Farm in the Vurevure Lagoon on the east side of Taveuni. The guests and crew alike loved these island visits and view of life in Fiji. On Thursday the 28th of November Iwan, our chef extraordinaire prepared a chicken to resemble a ‘mini Turkey’ for me and our American guests, Dave and Debra, so we could celebrate our National Thanksgiving Holiday. Such a thoughtful touch- thanks Iwan!
Arriving at the dive site E-6 (named by Jaques Cousteau in the early days for a type of film that used to be used for underwater photography) Fiji Siren crew secured the mooring line and we prepared for the final 2 dives of this 10-night excursion. Once back aboard the crew snapped into action for the final cleaning of the guests’ dive gear and preparation for our voyage back towards Rakiraki and Volivoli Beach Resort. Guests relaxed on board, reviewed photos and with heavy hearts began the inevitable task of packing, but all in the anticipation of what is surely becoming our ‘World Famous Final Night Bar-B-Que’. Plenty of food, wine, beer and cocktails were imbibed during dinner as Vincent and the “Fiji Siren House Band” entertained all for the final night. An early wake up for some as transfers to the airport and other resorts in Fiji began, with all the crew up to bid farewell. But sadly in all the previous nights’ revelry we omitted to take our traditional group photo! Though we are sure we will be seeing many of these happy guests again back on board the Fiji Siren for another visit before too long!
Photos courtesy of Jane Davies