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.
Bright blue sky, little wind and exceptionally flat seas. This week was going to be a stellar week. For the first day of our cruise the tides decided it was best for us to stay on our mooring until the next morning then move out to the Vatu-I-Ra passage before sailing down to the Island of Gau.
The crew of the Fiji Siren was happy to welcome on board a new group of divers for a new diving adventure in Fiji! We kicked things off with Mellow Yellow and Black Magic Mountain. Both of these sites are similar apart from the fact they have completely different coloured soft corals. We split the teams in two and sent them each their own way. After breakfast we switched over and got the chance to dive the opposite site. For the last dive of the day, we dropped down into Coral Corner where we had grey reef sharks circle around and a school of barracuda as well as plenty of nudibranch!
The Fiji Siren is happy to be back to action again! We started our journey by moving down south to the island of Wakaya where we would have the very light currents and shallow reef top to get back into the swing of diving once again. Like always once everyone was comfortable and had all their weighting sorted out we continued on with our diving. Being the first time that we had been out to any of these sites since what happened, it was like going on a discovery mission albeit with knowing the path.
This Fiji Siren trip was special because one of our dive guides – Tomu – had their second baby the day before our departure! Congratulations Tomu!!!
Our first full day diving was out in Vatu-I-Ra where we had absolutely beautiful weather and a great set of divers to match! This time we had a great mix of divers from the UK, Australia, NZ and the United States. This was to be the making of a great cruise. Our first region for this cruise was to be Vatu-I-Ra. We hit Howard’s Diner for the first dive to check everyone out and get all our weighting sorted and get everything where it should be for the following dives.
What would you do if you find a group of hammerheads plus a black hammerhead while diving in Fiji?
The Fiji Siren Liveaboard welcomed on board a new group of divers of mix divers from Portugal, USA, Switzerland and England! We launched off straight away and aimed our course to the south of the Lomoviti Group and Wakaya Island Marine Protected Area. The first night was a bit of a get to know each other time with the long trek to Naigani Island where we would be anchoring the night ready to make the 2 hour move to Wakaya.
Underwater photography workshop with Anders Salesjo
This week, we welcomed on the Fiji Siren Anders Salesjo, a very well-known and accomplished underwater photographer from Sweden. He brought with him a whole gang all the way from the other side of the world to check out some warm water diving. All were from Sweden and Norway.