Diving we shall go!
This trip was 10 days of fun & laughter with a lot of diving thrown in. A great mix of personalities & nationalities. Andrew & Susan are old Nai'a friends & were on their seventh adventure aboard. Alexx & Todd Edwards(Nai'a owners) were enjoying the fruits of their labour & also joined for a trip. Their cousin Matt had travelled from Australia to sample Fiji's finest reefs & throw some aussie humour into the mix. Eduardo had travelled the furthest to dive in Fiji & had left his home in Tenerife, Spain to shoot great wide angle shots. It was not hard to see why he wins so many competitions - a great photographer & soccer fanatic.
Ernie is well positioned when the Manta swoops in at Vatu Vai
Pipehorse fish in the rubble: taken by Susan
Golden Mantis poses for Christian
Blue Ribbon Eel sticks his head out for Christian
Eddie with his Kava root offering for the village: taken y Susan
Anemone Fish poses for Ernie
Christian finds lots of cleaner Shrimp in an Anemone
Trumpet fish poses for Christian
Andrew, Matt & Alexx getting ready for a dive: taken b Susan
A Giant Moray checks out Ernie's camera.
Sereana banging the bongos at the kava party
Todd & Matt enjoying the sunset: taken by Susan
Manta at the cleaning station: captured by Ernie
Ernie spies a Leaf Fish o Mellow Yellow
Naia at anchor: taken by Susan
Christian gets up close and personal with a Grey Reef in Nigali Passage
Lots of critters were found on this trip but Eddie our divemaster nailed it. Finding 2 new Pygmy Seahorses on one dive was good, but 4 over two dives was outstanding.
Vatu Vai in Wakaya provided our Manta action and Joe was lucky enough to be at the top of the cleaning station when the Manta swooped by. He and Ernie got some great shots & it was Joe's first Manta.
“Lomaiviti reefs are in extremely good condition compared to Indonesia and PNG. Immediate action must be taken to conserve this unique region.”
~ Dr. Michael Marnane, Marine Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society