What a great honor to welcome back 4 guests from Belgium who were with us on Fiji Siren in February of last year, it’s always exciting when we have friends return for another visit. As is typical we seem to have another United Nations delegation on-board with no less than 10 different nationalities present for our 119th charter. Our shake-down dive was at Corridors of Fun where we saw some beautiful soft coral, healthy sea fans, scorpion fish, blue dragons and plenty of very large electric blue jellyfish. From here it was a smooth overnight voyage down to our southernmost stop at the island of Gau some 11-hours away.
The Fiji Siren liveaboard welcomed on board a new group of divers all ready for their new diving experience in Fiji!
We started our journey at Vatulaca Reef just on the horizon from Volivoli where we dived at Tequila Sunrise which had multitudes of yellow soft coral and a couple of reef sharks, schooling barracuda and of course the corals spread out over the reef. Lastly we dived at Neptune’s Rhapsody, again with soft corals all over the place. After Vatulaca Reef we moved to Vatu-I-Ra and the beautiful sites located around there. The currents were being very favourable this week. All were gentle making the diving very easy. Thankfully the corals enjoyed the gentle flow as well as they were all open in all their magnificence feeding on anything passing by in the current. This made the sites of Mellow Yellow and Instant Replay absolutely amazing with massive coral blooms. Add a few of the larger fish into the mix and you have a great dive.
The Philippine Siren was ready for a very special liveaboard dive trip in the Southern Visayas! A 10-days snorkeling organised by Lee Goldman, marine biologist and writer of the books: ‘Snorkeler’s Guide to Marine Life of the Philippines’ and ‘Marine Life and Natural History of the Coral Triangle’. Joel Simon and his organisation ‘Sea for yourself’ brought along some more happy snorkelers and we had the boat filled. We were super exited to get into the water with them and maybe pick up some more shallow water knowledge and appreciate the beautiful Philippines underwater life from a different angle.
The Indo Siren liveaboard dive trip in Raja Ampat started in the Dampier Strait. Around the island of Mioscon and at Blue Magic, we found loads of hunting fish like wahoo, giant trevally and dog tooth tuna attacking schools of yellow snapper and neon fusiliers as well as wobbegong shark and oceanic manta on our very first day! At Sardine Reef and Cape Kri, we had schools of great barracuda, blue fin trevally, giant trevally and red tooth triggerfish.
From pilot whales to dolphins jumping, this week the Fiji Siren had it all roaming out on the oceans. We started the week with dives out to Vatulaca Reef. After the standard shake down dive we dropped into Dream Maker. The top region of the site is covered in golden yellow soft corals and the deep end can have some strong currents making it a nice home for reef sharks and barracuda. During the dive there was a few sharks swimming about and a small school of barracuda but a real highlight was towards the end up amongst the yellow coral when three spotted eagle rays circled before swimming off into the deep. As the day followed we managed more sighting of reef sharks and small schooling fish along with abundances of soft coral all over the place.
‘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.
After cyclone Winston, Volivoli Beach Resort, our partner resort in Fiji, encountered considerable damage.
After 8 months of renovation and improvements they have now re-opened their doors, well ahead of their initial predictions.