Adventure to Shark Highway Fiji
Adventure to Shark Highway!
Trip eight onboard the Fiji Siren started off with the crew greeting our guests from the US, Canada, Netherlands and Australia with a beautiful rendition of the Fijian welcome song Bula Malaya. After some obligatory paperwork we got to enjoy some tasty snacks and fresh juice before hostess Star checked our guests into their luxury cabins and the dive crew Ju and Matai set-up their gear and attached the Nautilus Lifelines to everyone’s equipment. Shortly after Simon gave the first dive briefing of the trip and off to Amazing Maze we went. Chefs Iwan and Aman treated us all to a fabulous dinner followed by freshly cooked chocolate brownies and ice cream. Meanwhile Vincent was busily filling cylinders in preparation for tomorrow’s exciting adventure.
Day two kicked-off bright and early for the crew with Capt Julian and First Mate Richie pulling the anchor and gently heading off just before 0400 on our way to Mellow Yellow, Howards Diner and Coral Corner for another sensational day of diving in the famous Bligh Waters, home to some of the world’s most beautiful and colorful soft coral. On arrival our well rested guests were woken up by the ever smiling Star to enjoy a light breakfast before their first of 4-dives for the day. Throughout the day the words amazing, brilliant, fantastic, awesome, remarkable and fabulous were commonly used by the grinning guests as they returned with our dingy driver Moe from each dive.
Day three started off with an 8-hour overnight steam in flat calm waters from ‘The Bligh’ to the coconut fringed island of Gau where we were greeted by another remarkable Fijian sunrise over glass flat shiny water. Today was surely going to be another outstanding day! Two sensational morning dives with countless BIG fish and many dozens of sharks at Nigali Passage sandwiched between light breakfast, full breakfast and lunch. Our afternoon was just as fun with dives at Anthias Avenue and Jims Alley. The chefs kept us well fed with endless treats making their way topside from the galley – now this is living! No rest for our tireless housekeeper Noi who was busy with a full booking list of massages this afternoon on top of her already hectic schedule keeping everything spick-n-span and guests supplied with fluffy warm towels after the dives. Big congratulations to Kevin B on successfully completing his Nitrox course with Instructor Ju today.
Day four started with the crew pulling anchor around 0300 and heading the 24-nautical miles to Wakaya Island where hostess Star gently woke our guests and like most mornings our coffee machine was a popular meeting point to chat about the day ahead. Another ‘Fiji Time’ day with 4-dives including hammerhead sharks, turtles and according to our guests ‘phenomenal coral’. It was that nice a day we even let chief engineer Clinton out for a dive! Another sensational day finished off with some drinks on the sundeck before retiring below for a special dinner and amazing birthday cake for Wendy B accompanied by entertainment from Vincent and the Fiji Siren band. Thanks for sharing this special day with us Wendy.
Day five of our trip began with a gentle 2-hour cruise to Makogai Island for a couple of relaxing morning dives followed by a land-based tour and Meke (Fijian welcome dance) at the local village where the entire island came out to greet us. Makogai village runs a small government funded program to breed a range of endangered clams for re-introduction back into their natural environment, a worthy little project that is showing excellent results. Our guests elected John N to be our Ratu (Chief) and lead the land-based visit. The day was finished off with 2-night dives at Half Pipe and Christine’s Place. Another great day had by all.
Day six already and we were once again off to an early start as we made our way the 24 nautical miles to Namena Island for the last full day of diving. We dropped anchor at 0630 and had all divers in the water by 0700 making the most of every opportunity with 5-dives on offer this magnificent day. In the words of our guests ‘simply amazing’, ‘this is why I come to Fiji’, ‘at times I couldn’t see the reef for the fish’, ‘my camera battery went flat I took so many photos’ and ‘I have never seen so much colour’.
Day seven was sadly upon us but we set off to enjoy our final dives at the famous E-6 then it was time to start the wash and dry process before reluctantly heading back to our home port of Volivoli with the end of the trip now in sight. Big BBQ and farewell party was held that night and like many nights our on-board beer keg was a favorite ‘hang-out’ as the band laid on their final entertainment.
Day eight and after an enormous cooked breakfast our new found ‘family’ posed for group photos and after hugs all round, departed the Fiji Siren to our crew singing Isa lei, the Fijian goodbye song. Goodbye was also said to Chef Iwan who leaves us to head home to Indonesia – VINAKA VAKA LEVU from the S/Y Fiji Siren crew (and in honour of Iwan – ATTACK!)