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Bad weather? Who cares?

Destination: Bligh Waters & the Koro Sea
Trip Date: Mar 2nd - Mar 12th, 2013 - Comments
Author: Erwin
Welcome Back: Dave McMorine, Mickey Finn, Gary & Pamela Chapman and John Slegel

 

 

Bad weather?  Who cares?  We have plans to deal with that.

We started the trip with some heavy weather warnings and had to plan the trip accordingly.  Actually, the only main change to the itinerary was that after 3 lovely days spent at Cats, Undenai’able and Namena Marine Reserve as planned, we spent two days diving Makogai instead of the usual one, which was no loss at all, in fact for me it was the highlight of the trip.

I was on board after the third dive of the day when Nora called me over the radio to tell me that Joe had found a Hairy Ghost Pipefish on Rick’s Rocks!  I was back into my wetsuit as quick as you like, camera ready and headed back out to see if I could get the shot.

As I was shooting him, who should swim into my path but a Pygmy Pipedragon!  I for one was very excited.  I have done some preliminary research and am yet to find evidence of this species this far east.

They weren’t the only good finds in Makogai either.  We had Orangutan crabs, Nudis, Stingrays, Pipefish, Spider and Decorator Crabs, Bubble Coral Shrimp, Moray Eels... Loads of stuff!

 

 


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Lionfish by Gary

Lionfish by Gary

Grey Reef Shark by Gary

Grey Reef Shark by Gary

Leopard Shark by Gary

Leopard Shark by Gary

Map Puffer by Gary

Map Puffer by Gary

Painted Rock Lobster by Gary

Painted Rock Lobster by Gary

Team America!  By Gary

Team America! By Gary

Puzzle time!  By Mick

Puzzle time! By Mick

Kava Party by Mick

Kava Party by Mick

Boogie Down Big Mo by Mick

Boogie Down Big Mo by Mick

Nice L Garry by Mick

Nice L Garry by Mick

Lale by Dave

Lale by Dave

Wakaya Sunset by Dave

Wakaya Sunset by Dave

 

 

From there it was down to Wakaya where the group I was diving with saw a Hammerhead Shark two dives in a row!  The Rock Mover Wrasse and Ribbon Eel were out too, to round out some fantastic diving.

Nigali Passage was great as always, made even better with a Leopard shark sighting, and the village visit in Somo-Somo was icing on the cake.

We had a wonderful jolly back up into the Bligh Waters with the best visibility of the trip on E6 and Mt Mutiny and some exciting current filled dives in Vatu-I-Ra to end the cruise.

Spectacular trip.  Loved it!

Our Guests...

Teri
Teri
Maggie
Maggie
Pam
Pam
Gary
Gary
John
John
Dave
Dave
Sifty Mick
Sifty Mick
Kathy
Kathy
Toby
Toby
Curt
Curt
Dennis
Dennis
Jim
Jim

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Roger Steene, photographer, author, naturalist

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