Mantas, hammerheads, nudibranchs and cakes!

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Mantas, hammerheads, nudibranchs and cakes!

The Fiji Siren is happy to welcome on board 15 guests from all corners of the globe: Russia, United States, Italy, France and Switzerland. Makogai was chosen to start the trip then Wakaya Island on the next day where the divers were greeted on their first dive by the resident Great Hammerhead Shark and a couple of Manta Rays. Along with the pristine hard corals dotted with the colorful soft corals the plentiful fish life kept the guests entertained for our 3 dives at Wakaya where the Hammerheads and Mantas kept making their cameo appearances. After the 3rd dive, the skipper and Jon opted to lift anchor and head directly to the Namena Marine Reserve for their next 2 days of diving.

fiji18The Fiji Siren lifted anchor from its shelter by Namena Island and moved north towards North Save A Tack Passage for our first diving day in the Reserve – to meet the sharks, barracuda, Scorpion Leaf Fish and our little friends the Hipocampus Severnsi – Pygmy Seahorses. Everyone seemed to enjoy the wall dive at Grand Central Station, the best as the sharks were present. Nadya from Russia said her favorite dive was at South Save A Tack Passage on Neds Nuts, where she saw so many nudibranchs and small aquatic life she was nothing but a big smile when she returned after the dive!

The following day, we continued to dive in the Namena Marine Reserve, and in the evening the crew and guests celebrated Alex’s 39th birthday, along with Marizio and Maria’s Honeymoon with wine, champagne and plenty of cake for all. After completing 3 dives in Namena Reserve, we started to think about the trip back to Volivoli and headed north inside the Vanua Levu Barrier reef to overnight at Nole’s reef where we did the last night dive of the trip. On this evening, we celebrated Greg and Wendy’s 10 year wedding anniversary with more cake, drinks and words of congratulations.

group-on-fiji-sirenEarly in the morning ,we lifted anchor to steam towards our final diving destination in the Bligh Waters / Vatu-I-Ra area – E-6. As always, the dive site brought terrific comments from the divers upon return to the Fiji Siren. The final night BBQ feast was enjoyed by everyone, and email contacts and photos were exchanged while all the guests were readying their luggage to disembark in the morning. It was a fun group on board this week and the crew bid all a big Moce Mada as Isa Lei – the Fijian farewell song was played. Here’s wishing all of our guests safe travels and wishes for them to return to visit the Fiji Siren again in the not too distant future. Vinaka Vakalevu to all!!!!

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