Hello Nai’a family, we would like to introduce ourselves on our first blog for Nai’a Cruises. Our names are Craig and April Lewis from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. We have worked in Fiji now for a little over a year, diving in the Mamunucas, Yasawas, Beqa, Bligh waters and one of our favorites Vatu-I-Ra Passage. Our first dive out at Vatu we realized how lucky we were to dive such a special place. Not only are we excited about diving these sites for the next few years, we will be able to show it to many other people aboard the Nai’a as well as the other fantastic spots we were shown this past week. Craig and I are very excited about our new family and home here on the Nai’a and hope we get to meet you all soon.
Our first week onboard was so much fun; the group was fantastic and very active. We had a lot of fabulous diving as well as lots of excitement out of the water too. We had the pleasure of sailing with the owners and their 2 beautiful girls, which brought out the kid in all of us. We were jumping off the monkey deck and playing games, you really do feel like you have become a part of a family while you are onboard. This trips' slideshow features photos taken by Cat, Rob and the kids!
April and Craig
Barracudas at Nigali
Blue fin Trevally
Somosomo Village soccer team takes on the Aussies
Parri and Malia in Somosomo Village.
Stacey and Camilla at Somosomo Village
Banzai! Suzi and Malia,
Kava time! Photo by Malia
Malia on uke with Captain John.
Parri on vocals for the crew's Isa Lei
Parri & Malia skiff driving with Koroi
Parri snorkelling at the seamount E6.
Malia and her turtle at Namena.
Cat takes Parri for her first dive.
Snorkelling Vatu-i-ra's caverns. Photo by Malia
That's a moray!
Suzi and Stacy.
Rob at Kansas
Cat flying home to Kansas
We have realized that we will have to be extra careful on the Nai’a due to the fabulous cooking of Miss Mita! Not only are her meals delicious her desserts are almost too good to pass up. The most amazing smell wafts towards the skiff as we head out in the morning of fresh cookies and muffins being baked for our return. We think we can get used to thisJ.
We had another very exciting celebration onboard the Nai’a last week; we want to congratulate one of our guests on hitting his 100th dive. Congrats Don!! We also want to thank all the people on last week’s cruise for making our first voyage one we will never forget and the start of many more exciting weeks ahead.
“NAI’A made a believer out of me! Fiji has been grossly underrated by both divers and scientists. Incredible fishes here and definitely worthy of protection.”
~ Dr. Gerry Allen, Ichthyologist & Author, Conservation International