Christmas in Fiji
Christmas in Fiji…
Our divers arrived and boarded the Fiji Siren and with the sun high in the sky and a slight tropical breeze we immediately lifted anchor and headed towards Gau Island to dive with the grey reef sharks the following morning. About 8 hours into our voyage when we hit open seas and experienced quite a large swell so in the interest of comfort and safety we diverted to the Island of Makogai. The next morning, after a restful night it was time for our check dive with treats of white tip reef sharks, plenty of colourful soft corals and small critters. Impressed and contented with their first view of Fiji despite deviating from our intended plan! Shortly after sunset we arrived at our new destination, Wakaya Island – providing the perfect backdrop for our evening meal with its tranquil, coconut palms and tropical forest. Ahh Fiji
We dived around Wakaya for the day and what a reward; hammerhead sharks & manta rays before a night dive at Lions Den added to the excitement as we set sail for Gau and the much anticipated face-off with the schooling grey reef sharks. We were not to be disappointed! The 16 divers were VERY IMPRESSED with the grey reef shark parade during our first dive at this unforgettable site. The schooling barracuda were present in the largest numbers we have seen yet during one of our visits here aboard the Fiji Siren. Not surprisingly we received many requested to remain there for Christmas Day to ensure plenty of shark encounters. Christmas Eve dinner was nice, with Carols (old and new) playing on the entertainment system on the dining deck during our ala Carte evening with steak and fish on the menu. After the very eventful day, many opted to retire early and make the most of the extended sleep as diving wasn’t planned until 10am on Christmas morning.
Guests and staff alike seemed very excited on Christmas morning that Santa Claus had visited the Fiji Siren during the evening bringing gifts for everyone on board. It was an outstanding Christmas Day with awesome diving, and a wonderful dinner filled with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce and many local Fijian dishes, we certainly celebrated in style as the yacht slowly cruised north and once the dishes were cleared we hit open seas and travelled overnight to the Namena Marine Reserve for our last full day of diving.
North and South Save A Tack Passages provided schools of barracuda, trevally / jacks and patrolling reef sharks of different varieties along with a few mobula rays for some added scenery. As we set out across the Reserve during lunch Julius briefed the pinnacles and bommies at the South Save A Tack Passage diving area, speaking of the soft corals Fiji is famous for. Again, not being disappointed, some of the divers came back saying it was the most stunning sight they had ever seen underwater – the most breathtaking soft corals in all colors of the rainbow in full bloom due to the current and high nutrient content in the water.
Another overnight crossing followed as we made our return journey towards Bligh Water. Mooring up at the outstanding dive site E-6 in the morning, the crew and guests prepared for the final two dives of the trip. The hard corals and marine life left a lasting impression; The Cathedral at E-6 always seems to be the focus of the dive with the Gorgonian Sea Fan’s and many species of nudis to be seen. After our last dive it was time to hoist the sails, take photos and prepare for our final night Bar-B-Que back at our home port. The first Christmas cruise of the Fiji Siren liveaboard was a great success, with laid back, fun loving divers and some lifelong friends made… it really gets harder and harder to say goodbye. The crew and I are already looking forward to their return in the not too distant future (promises were made!!!!). Cheers and Moce mada for now.