Just in time
We had nice conditions this week, right until the last day when the rain came. The itinerary followed a similar route to last week with a wonderful dive day in Vatu-I-Ra, another great day of diving in Gau and a lovely visit to Somosomo village where we were again welcomed as family.
Then on to Wakaya where a huge school of Bigeye and a smaller school of larger Black Tailed Barracudas decided to show up and hang around at White Wall all morning for both groups of divers to see.
Lastly on to Namena where the Oceanic Triggerfish were still coming in by the thousands to nest, Ian saw a big Hammerhead and Kathy did her 500th dive!
From there we headed back to port to out run the oncoming weather.
Wheelhouse. Photo by Ian
Skiffs in tow. Photo by Ian
Red footed Boobie. Photo by Ian
Sunset. Photo by Ian
Big Mo! Where you going? Photo by Ian
Off for a dive. Photo by Ian
Big Fan. Photo by Kathy
Reef Scene by Kathy
Black Coral Damsels. Photo by Kathy
Fiji diving. Photo by Kathy
Rainbow Reef. Photo by Kathy
Grey Reef Shark. Photo by Kathy
Lionfish. Photo by Kathy
Ribbon Eel. Photo by Kathy
The Arch. Photo by Kathy
Full of Fusiliers. Photo by Kathy
Anthias, diver and a table coral. Photo by Kathy
Soft corals and Anthias. Photo by Kathy
Reef Scene by Kathy
Heathy Reefs. Photo by Kathy
Nigali Passage. Photo by Gina
White tip hanging out. Photo by Gina
Erwin & Kids. Photo by Gina
Local Medicine. Photo by Gina
Dude. Photo by Gina.
Where's Waldo? Photo by Gina.
Kava anyone? Photo by Aleksandra
Choice Bro! Photo by Aleksandra
Big Mo. Big Smile. Photo by Aleksandra
Meke! Photo by Alexandra
Night Navigation. Photo by Ian
Anemoniefish. Photo by Kathy
Barracudas. Photo by Kathy
Namena's Arch. Photo by Kathy
Team Reef Shark. Photo by Gina
Kindergarten kids Meke. Sooooo cute. Photo by Gina
Village People. Photo by Gina
Visiting the locals. Photo by Aleksandra
Tom the elder. Photo by Aleksandra
Sharing cultures. Photo of Gina by Aleksandra
The week ended with a doozie of a storm that gave us a safe yet interesting adventure but unfortunately caused a lot of flooding in the west of Fiji. Our crews family are all fine and the guests were able to leave as scheduled with a very interesting story to tell. What a lot of rain!
Thats life in the tropics for you..
“Fiji is a hot spot of biodiversity. We’re here for the rich colorful soft coral reefs as well as the unusual stuff - the strange little creatures and endemic fishes.”
~ Dr. Tim Laman, biologist and National Geographic Photojournalist