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Destination: Fiji
Trip Date: Sep 28th - Oct 5th, 2013 - Comments
Author: Amanda & Joshua
Welcome Back: Karen D
Congratulations: Carson's 42nd

Half of our group from this charter comprised a colorful bunch of characters from USA, led by Karen D, who enjoyed her seventh experience with us aboard NAI’A. Thrown into this mix were several American divers who had been diving for more than 20 years and the Ross family from Australia.

After leaving port in Lautoka, we headed out for the dive sites at Vatu-i-Ra. Right from the start, divers were delighted with the brilliant soft coral, colorful reef dwellers and patrolling predators of the reefs there. As it was half moon, we didn’t have such strong currents as can sometimes affect Fiji. From there, we headed into the Namena Marine Reserve where, at Kansas, divers saw a handful of grey reef sharks, schooling barracudas and hoards of horse-eyed jacks. Our heartbeats really started racing at Wakaya where divers witnessed flyovers of manta rays and scalloped hammerhead sharks in the deep blue.

Sharks feeding on dead baby sperm whale

Sharks feeding on dead baby sperm whale

Sharks feeding on dead baby sperm whale

Sharks feeding on dead baby sperm whale

At Makogai, in addition to some exciting diving, we visited a traditional Fijian village where we drank kava and listened to harmonic songs. From there, we sailed the to the tiny island of Gau, where we sat in the bleachers and watched as upwards of 50 grey reef sharks patrolled the channel. On our way home, we stopped to dive the impressive pinnacles of Mount Mutiny and E-6, both of which feature sheer drops from the surface down to 3000 feet. Returning to the Vatu-i-Ra area at the end of the trip, the current had picked up and, with it, the numbers of reef predators. At Maytag, we saw the full range of Fiji’s hunters: grey reef sharks, horse-eyed jacks, giant trevallies, great barracuda, dogtooth tuna, red snapper, longface emperors and even a lone wahoo.

One of our guests, Carson, celebrated his birthday during the trip among all the sharks at Nigali and later enjoyed a delicious chocolate birthday cake and ice cream after dinner. All in all, it was a successful trip, all the guests were happy and several left with the promise to return.

 

Thank you for the most enjoyable dive trip of my life. Your boat is simply fantastic. -Chuck

Thanks for the beautiful memories. I look forward to returning. -Rod

As below, so above- Incredible! The beauty of the soft corals and fishes of Fiji were matched by the graciousness of the NAI'A's wonderful crew. Many thanks! -Patti & Andy

Our Guests...

Andy
Andy
Anthony
Anthony
Bob
Bob
Bonnie
Bonnie
Carson
Carson
Chuck
Chuck
Elliot
Elliot
Jim
Jim
Karen D
Karen D
Karen E
Karen E
Marc
Marc
Max
Max
Patti
Patti
Robyn
Robyn
Rod
Rod
Simon
Simon
Tea
Tea
Wayne
Wayne

Comments

“Central Fiji has all the elements of the ultimate ocean wilderness: diverse creatures and habitat, nutrient-rich water, spectacular scenery and owners who respect it.”

Dr. Greg Stone, Executive Vice President of Conservation International

~ Dr. Greg Stone, Executive Vice President of Conservation International