Back to the ocean road!!
After a month off for dry dock it was great to get back into the water & meet our fishy friends. The shore crew have once again surpassed expectations and have come up with more ways to improve on perfection - Nai'a looks like she has been re-born. A lot of hard work & innovative ideas keep her up to date & running at the high standards expected. After a month out of the water we were also chomping at the bit to get wet!
Rob was aboard for the first trip of the new year and he was joined by a mixed group from Canada, USA & Germany.
Mo captures an Anenome balled up on a night dive
James showing the village ladies his underwater photos - captured by Patrick
Beautiful vilage kids - taken by Patrick
A large black manta flies past the Nigali Passage - taken by Mo
Mount Mutiny and it's wonderful soft coral - taken by Patrick
Mo finds a beautiful clam
Fiji Devil taken by Mo
taken by Mo
Relaxing on the reef - taken by Patrick
Pixie Hawk fish posing for Mo
Masked puffer at a cleaning station taken by Mo
Captured by Mo
Lizard Fish strike a pose for Patrick
Cleaner Wrasse love those Sweet Lips - taken by Mo
Coral Grouper - taken by Mo
Pita singing in the camera room - taken by Mo
Ahh colorful Fiji - taken by Mo
All together now - taken by Mo
Clown Trigger giving Mo the eye
Patrick gets up close with a couple of curious Grey Reef Sharks
Mekke - taken by Patrick
captured by Patrick
Clarks Anenome Fish protecting their home - taken by Patrick
Warrior Mekke - captured by Patrick
Crinoid feeding at night - captured by Patrick
taken by Patrick
All our fishy friends were still hanging out, waiting for our return. The Ornate Ghost Pipe fish that was hiding in the whip coral in front of the arch had been joined by a friend & now there are two! Our itinerary for the seven day trips is action packed & we traveled to the Island of Gau. Nigali Passage never fails & the Grey Reefs were well represented. Lots of good Octopus action during the day as well. Our old friend at Wakaya gave us quite a feeding display. If you are patient & have enough bottom time he really puts on a great display! Check it out in the video highlights.
Thanks to Patrick & Mo for their contributions to the photogallery.
“Fiji is a hot spot of biodiversity. We’re here for the rich colorful soft coral reefs as well as the unusual stuff - the strange little creatures and endemic fishes.”
~ Dr. Tim Laman, biologist and National Geographic Photojournalist