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Big sharks and Little Pipefish

Destination: Bligh Water, Lomoviti Group, Namena Marine Park, Vatu-I-Ra
Date Published: Feb 18th, 2012 - Comments
Author: Erwin

It was a good week for sharks with lots of white tips in Vatu-I-Ra, a busy, busy dive at the Nigali Passage, stacks of grey reefs in North Save a Tack and a couple of Hammerheads on Mt Mutiny.

This wasn't the only highlight or attraction by any stretch.  We had good vis and just enough current to open up all the soft corals, loads of small stuff and of course, the pipefish.

MEKKE!!!  - taken by Al

MEKKE!!! - taken by Al

Cool macro - taken by Al

Cool macro - taken by Al

protective Anemone Fish - taken by Al

protective Anemone Fish - taken by Al

Patient Al gets close to a Dragonet

Patient Al gets close to a Dragonet

Decorated Dart Fish poses for Al

Decorated Dart Fish poses for Al

Grey Reef on patrol - taken by Al

Grey Reef on patrol - taken by Al

Boarding party!! - taken by Al

Boarding party!! - taken by Al

Getting in tune for a Kava Party - taken by Al

Getting in tune for a Kava Party - taken by Al

Feisty Ribbon Eel.

Feisty Ribbon Eel.

How many Ghost Pipe Fish - 11 this trip!!

How many Ghost Pipe Fish - 11 this trip!!

Yellow Nosed Gobies pose for the camera.

Yellow Nosed Gobies pose for the camera.

Sweetlips at the dentist....

Sweetlips at the dentist....

Ahhh the South Wall of Mount Mutiny!!

Ahhh the South Wall of Mount Mutiny!!

Great wide angle reef scene taken by Bill

Great wide angle reef scene taken by Bill

Nudi grazing taken by Bill

Nudi grazing taken by Bill

Bill gets up close with a Grey Reef Shark

Bill gets up close with a Grey Reef Shark

Jenne at the Dentist - taken by Bill

Jenne at the Dentist - taken by Bill

taken by Bill

taken by Bill

taken by john C

taken by john C

taken by John C

taken by John C

Kava time - taken by John C

Kava time - taken by John C

Mekke - taken by John C

Mekke - taken by John C

Banded Sea Snake - taken by Kathy

Banded Sea Snake - taken by Kathy

Grouper poses for Kathy

Grouper poses for Kathy

taken by Kathy

taken by Kathy

One day Big Mo found no less than 6 Ghost Pipefish!  Three of them, Robusts, where hanging out together on Ricks Rocks in Magogai and the others were in Wakaya, one more Robust and a pair of Ornates!  We had a few more sightings throughout the week by Mo and Erwin making us wonder where they all came from?!

Back to Vatu-I-Ra on the last day where we found a Nai'a pipefish, a Fiji endemic, first found by our talented crew here in the Bligh Waters..

Another lovely week of diving and exloring the islands of eastern Fiji.

Our Guests...

Bill
Bill
Jeanne
Jeanne
John
John
Deborah
Deborah
Marolyn
Marolyn
Lauren
Lauren
Tim
Tim
Frank
Frank
Jeanne
Jeanne
Kathy
Kathy
Linnea
Linnea
Dan
Dan
Larry
Larry
Al
Al
David
David
John
John

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“NAI’A dives the world’s most beautiful coral reefs.”

Howard Hall, filmmaker

~ Howard Hall, filmmaker