Five star service all the way
Five star service all the way
As the divers transferred on board the Fiji Siren they were reunited with their luggage which had already ‘magically’ been whisked out whilst everyone was enjoying a relaxing lunch on-shore. No carrying big bags for our guests and the crew showed their delight by welcoming our new ‘family’ on board by singing Bula Maleya before hostess Star handed out refreshing drinks as we got down to sign-off a bit of paperwork before setting-up dive gear and showing everyone to their cabins. Once this was done the keen yoga group were ferried out to a beautiful white sandy beach for a relaxing yoga session prior to sitting down to a fantastic Asian theme night prepared by our Chefs Amen and Andrew.
Day 2 started by heaving anchor in the early hours and heading off so our guests could wake up at Vatu-I-Ra (rock under) in the beautiful Bligh Water where this ardent group of yoga enthusiasts made the most of Fiji Sirens beautiful sundeck to get an early session in as the sun rose in the background to start another wonderful Fiji day. Four dives ensued at Howards Diner, Mellow Yellow and then a split group dive at Human Nature and Cats Meow followed by a night dive at Human Nature kept our hard working dive team of Ju and Matai busy in the 29?c (85?F) water as well as Richie and Moe providing “A1 limousine” driving service on our two purpose built tenders whilst engineers Ben and Clinton hectically filled cylinders with nitrox throughout the day. During all of this guests Doris and Sharon finalized their nitrox course – CONGRATULATIONS ladies. Several guests opted to sit-out the night dive to take advantage of Noi’s wonderful Thai massage. Carvery night was our theme for this evening with roast lamb, pork and chicken along with roast vegetables and all the trimmings. Sorry guys no diets on the Fiji Siren menu! We finished the day off with a few drinks as our guests chatted, laughed and shared photos from today’s dives before slowly dwindling in numbers as one-by-one they made their way below deck to their luxury cabins for some well-earned rest in preparation for another fun-filled day with the Fiji Siren crew.
Another sundeck yoga session got our 3rd day off to a great start safely anchored just off Fijis second largest island, Vanua Levu, from here it was a pleasant 90-minute morning cruise to Namena Island and the magnificent Namena Marine Reserve, one of Fijis most pristine dive locations. At South Save-A-Tack Passage we again split into 2-groups with half diving at Black Forest and the other half at Neds Nuts. Later that day the groups swapped sites to ensure that no-one would miss-out on any of the mind-blowing marine life. After another delicious lunch, some reading, in-house video watching or just snoozing on the cozy saloon lounges we were forced to move behind Namena Island to take cover from some ‘not so nice’ weather but never to be outdone we had ‘Plan B’ and still managed to get several keen divers in for another underwater adventure off Namena Beach. By all accounts it was ‘amazing’ ‘absolutely brilliant’ and ‘fantastic’………and they had some great photos to brag about. Another celebration with Vicky completing her nitrox course today – WELL DONE Vicky! Our themed dinner tonight was Fijian with local fair such as rourou soup, kokoda, an array of meats and root crops and banana and coconut pudding washed down with some kava tasting……….ok well kava drinking as our guests really took to it, whilst being entertained by 1st mate Richie and the Fiji Siren band of Moe, Clinton, Sam and Ben. By the gigantic smiles on everyone’s faces Fijian Night was another big hit. The evening wasn’t over yet and the piece de resistance was a freshly baked Fiji Siren NITROX CAKE in celebration for Doris, Sharon and Vicky’s recent achievement – we love to celebrate on Fiji Siren and any excuse will do.
Day 4 and we unfortunately woke to no improvement in the weather with a gale-force wind warning in place although Capt Julian had us safe and comfortable, well protected behind Namena Island. As our guests took advantage of the delayed dive time and enjoyed a nice sleep-in, they are on holidays after all, the crew quietly went about business as normal preparing for the day ahead. With ‘Plan C’ smartly put into action we ventured out under dark black clouds and torrential rain, the weather gods teasing us along the way with the occasional glimpse of sunlight, only to be let down a few moments later. Not to be defeated our guests still got 3-great dives in behind the shelter of Namena Island at South Point, Main Beach and North Point. Our in-house entertainment system, as well as Noi’s magical massaging hands, all got another immense workout between dives as the weather continued to live up to the cruel forecast. Another big day called for another great feast and of course that was delivered in-full with Seafood Night – another amazing culinary Fiji Siren success story.
Day 5 and we pleasingly awoke to a big improvement in the weather and took full advantage as we jumped into Grand Central Station. With the weather forecast now on the up-and-up it was back on track so after another big breakfast we shot up to South Save-A-Tack Passage for a drift dive on The Wall with the outgoing tide. After lunch it was back to North Save-A-Tack Passage and one of our favorite sites Coral Garden and to round our diving day off a night dive at Kansas.
Day 6 went like this – wake-up, light breakfast, yoga, dive 1, cooked breakfast, dive 2, lunch, dive 3, afternoon snack, dive 4 (night), dinner, and happy birthday to Paul with a surprise Hammerhead Shark birthday cake and best wishes from the Fiji Siren crew, party and eventually sleep.
Day 7 and we headed off early to arrive in the Bligh Water as the sun rose for our final dives of the cruise on the world-renown E6 before setting course back to Volivoli for our ‘slowly becoming famous’ final night BBQ and group photos followed by an ADVANCED OPEN WATER CAKE for Doris.
Day 8 and like all things amazing unfortunately it has to come to an end as the crew sang Isa lei to our departing friends…….until next time.