A magnificent 10 night liveaboard dive trip in Fiji!
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.
First on the schedule were the colourful site of Breath Taker for it wondrous coral walls and schools of barracuda and the usual glamour of Mellow Yellow and Black Magic Mountain before departing into the deep ocean heading for Namena and Taveuni. Our stop in Namena was a great stop with dives in the south for the vibrant colours and soft corals before moving over to the North for School House, where we had schools of barracuda, trevally, banner fish and plenty of sharks roaming around to bring smiles to our faces. Next was Grand Central Station through the Arch. This was a great dive again with schools of trevally everywhere being chased by absolutely ginormous tuna and schools of yet more barracuda. We finished atop the reef of Kansas where we had the wheat fields and even a couple of reef top pipefish hiding away. After a night dive in at Kansas we departed straight for Taveuni and the Somosomo Strait.
The next morning, we dived in Jerry’s Jelly where the structure itself has white corals dangling from the base giving it the name the jelly fish named by Jerry a local resort manager from the past. We had a dive in at Nuku Reef with it abundance of hard corals and even fish factory with banner fish galore and a couple of octopus. This night we stayed in Waitatavi Bay and had the band come out with some local drink, Kava, for us all to try.
The following day we had dives to Annies Bommies, Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef. The day started out nice and mellow but after dive one the current picked up to full roar and really brought out the corals. The dive to The Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef were superb having all of the soft coral out in full force. From here we moved to Taveuni itself and had a short walk up to the Famous International Date Line for some happy snaps and to stretch our legs after being at sea for a few days. As the sun set, we moved off back towards Namena for another day of diving where we had a friendly manta ray drop by at Chimneys for a look and of course the schooling fish back over at Fiji Gold, we had the band up yet again to entertain before moving out to Wakaya Island and our newly found pygmy seahorse which sit on the ground!!!! We managed two of these little guys sitting on their sand perch’s as well as leaf fish, lion fish and popcorn shrimp. At the back of the reef we spotted a tiny, tiny sea moth sitting amongst the sandy patches of the reef top. We had a few manta sightings here, which was great. The visibility was a little down so we didn’t get any great photos of them but we managed some ‘proof’ shots for the unbelievers.
Next stop was Gau Island with the never-ending school of barracuda through the passage and the 40 grey sharks swimming in and around us happy to see us come back. For the afternoon we had a special treat with the Village of Somosomo welcoming us to have a tour of their peaceful village. Here we were showed the Church, the Chiefs House and eventually the Community Hall for the Kava Ceremony and of course dancing.
Next day we entered back into the Vatu-I-Ra and Bligh Waters region with a look of shock at how fast the 10 days had gone. We didn’t want it to end! Sadly we knew it must so the next day we sang the Isa Lei (Fijian good bye song) and waved at our newfound friends as they left the Fiji Siren one last time on the dive tenders. Vinaka Vakelevu