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Destination: Bligh Water, Gau, Wakaya, Vatu-i-ra & Namena Marine Reserve
Trip Date: Apr 21st - Apr 28th, 2012 - Comments
Author: Sam & Brigitte
Welcome Back: Sam & Brigitte
Congratulations: to Uwe on completing his NITROX course while aboard..

Great to be back onboard for 2 trips to cover for Erwin & Nora. They are off in Tonga completing a Whale Guide course. Both are very experienced, knowledgeable and above all really fun to travel with - we wish them all the best!!. Still the same great crew that have sailed aboard Nai'a with us & the diving just gets better... It's easy to miss the warmth/happiness that is Fiji's heart and Soul.

Diving the coral laden reefs of Vatu-i-ra are enough to make anyone smile. It's great to see such healthy & abundant reefs still exist. So much color & life we dove here for 2 days during the trip. Our group this week hailed from Austria, Germany & Switzerland. Nice for Brigitte to speak her mother tongue & a good way to keep me quiet!!

Check out the video highlights & photo slideshow below to see a little of what we did!!!.

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Pygmy Seahorse on Tetons 2. Strong current & a tough shot to get but Michael W. nailed it...

Pygmy Seahorse on Tetons 2. Strong current & a tough shot to get but Michael W. nailed it...

The biggest camera tank EVER!!!! taken by Manuela

The biggest camera tank EVER!!!! taken by Manuela

Michael's Wife Sabine is a willing model & a good one!

Michael's Wife Sabine is a willing model & a good one!

Michael captures the beauty of Mount Mutiny

Michael captures the beauty of Mount Mutiny

Schooling Jacks in Namena - taken by Michael W.

Schooling Jacks in Namena - taken by Michael W.

Great perspective of Thumbs 2 -taken by Michael

Great perspective of Thumbs 2 -taken by Michael

WOW - Stunning soft coral display. Thomas poses for Michael

WOW - Stunning soft coral display. Thomas poses for Michael

Jelly in the blue - taken by Michael

Jelly in the blue - taken by Michael

Action Stations - great dive in Nigali passage. Michael W. gets up close with a curious Grey Reef Shark.

Action Stations - great dive in Nigali passage. Michael W. gets up close with a curious Grey Reef Shark.

Big Mo adjusts his gear - taken by Michael W.

Big Mo adjusts his gear - taken by Michael W.

Michael W. nails the macro shots too!!!!

Michael W. nails the macro shots too!!!!

Kava Time - taken by Uwe

Kava Time - taken by Uwe

The bowl is always half full on Nai'a! - taken by Uwe

The bowl is always half full on Nai'a! - taken by Uwe

Sunrise in Fiji - taken by Uwe

Sunrise in Fiji - taken by Uwe

Lizard fish poses for Uwe

Lizard fish poses for Uwe

Taken by Uwe

Taken by Uwe

The Aliens r coming - taken by Uwe

The Aliens r coming - taken by Uwe

Lion Fish hunting - taken by Heinz

Lion Fish hunting - taken by Heinz

Thomas models for Heinz the DIRTY DIVER

Thomas models for Heinz the DIRTY DIVER

taken by Heinz

taken by Heinz

Manta action in Gau captured by Heinz

Manta action in Gau captured by Heinz

Sam & the Manta - taken by Heinz

Sam & the Manta - taken by Heinz

Sabine models for Heinz

Sabine models for Heinz

Stunning reef shot - taken by Heinz

Stunning reef shot - taken by Heinz

Soft Coral heaven - taken by Heinz

Soft Coral heaven - taken by Heinz

Thomas the No1 model for Heinz

Thomas the No1 model for Heinz

taken by Manuela & xael

taken by Manuela & xael

Village visit - taken by Manuela & Axel

Village visit - taken by Manuela & Axel

taken by Manuela and Axel

taken by Manuela and Axel

Kava again!! taken by Axel

Kava again!! taken by Axel

Party time - taken by Manuela

Party time - taken by Manuela

Somosomo village on the Island of Gau gave us and the group a great reception. It's refreshing for us and our group of Europeans to see how happy people who don't have the best of everything but make the best of everything live & survive. A real chance to see people subsistence living in harmony with nature & their local environment!.

The best moment of the trip was hard to pick but has to be our early morning Manta encounter in Gau. On the way to the dive site Koroi spotted Mantas on the surface, followed by the fastest gear up in history. 1, 2 ,3 , 4 they kept coming. 1 hr later an exhausted but elated group of divers headed back to the boat beaming from ear to ear. Non stop action - they were feeding and looped head on with all the group.

One more trip for us and then the A-team are back aboard. Great memories, great crew, top diving - sota tale we'll miss it all!!!!!!!!!

Our Guests...

Yvonne
Yvonne
Michael
Michael
Axel
Axel
Manuela
Manuela
Ingo
Ingo
Heinz
Heinz
Uwe
Uwe
Ann-Kathrin
Ann-Kathrin
Sabine
Sabine
Gerold
Gerold
Manfred
Manfred
Sven
Sven
Thomas
Thomas
Birgit
Birgit
Michael W.
Michael W.
Andreas
Andreas
Erich
Erich
Spin the poison!!!
Spin the poison!!!
Lisa's Mantis Shrimp near the Arch Namena- taken by Michael W.
Lisa's Mantis Shrimp near the Arch Namena- taken by Michael W.
Kava Time
Kava Time
Big Hammerhead in the distance!
Big Hammerhead in the distance!
Elephant seal!!
Elephant seal!!

Comments

“We loved NAI’A and it superlative crew 12 years ago. We adore you truly. Thanks for a sublime experience – an unparalleled opportunity to marvel, laugh and sojourn with the best of nature and humanity.”

Sandra & David

~ Sandra & David