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New Moon

Destination: Bligh Waters & Koro Sea
Trip Date: Oct 13th - Oct 23rd, 2012 - Comments
Author: Erwin
Welcome Back: Mary Bess Johnson, Mark Strickland, Janice Baxter, Elizabeth Wagner, Steve Cohen, and Don Wilson

 

 

 

New moon.

Anyone that has been diving for any length of time knows what that means!  

Current.

Wonderful, life bringing currents sweeping over the reefs creating an amazing energy and   enhancing in an almost indescribable way the colours and movement of the sites we visit.

This does mean that we need to time our dives and choose the spots wisely but on a 10 day trip we have loads of options and made the most of the great conditions.

We started and ended the trip in Vatu-I-Ra which was a favourite amongst many of our divers.  Gomo, Coral corner and Mellow Yellow were exploding with colour and fish life.  If we didn’t know that the diving was so good in the Lomoviti group, we could have easily stayed there the whole 10 days!

There were a couple of serious photographers on board this trip who kept on jumping from one skiff to the other to be able to go back to the site they just dived because they couldn’t imagine anywhere else could be any better.  I love to see that kind of enthusiasm.  Truth is all the sites are good (with so many pristine reefs available to us, why do anything less than the best sites?) but I like the attitude none the less and love to repeat a site when it’s good myself, so I totally understand.

Upside Down Jelly by Dave.  www.davidfleetham.com

Upside Down Jelly by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Anthias by Dave.  www.davidfleetham.com

Anthias by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Big Eye Trevally by Dave.  www.davidfleetham.com

Big Eye Trevally by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Partners by Janice

Partners by Janice

Nice Eel by Janice

Nice Eel by Janice

Lizzardfish Buddies by Janice

Lizzardfish Buddies by Janice

Infrared Bubble Coral by Mary Bess

Infrared Bubble Coral by Mary Bess

Salp by Mary Bess

Salp by Mary Bess

Lava Clam by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Lava Clam by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Clam by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Clam by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Big Mo and Big Stingray by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Big Mo and Big Stingray by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Cool Moon Snails by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Cool Moon Snails by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Close up Parrotfish by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Close up Parrotfish by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Citrus Goby by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Citrus Goby by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Yellow Nose Gobys by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Yellow Nose Gobys by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Reef Scene by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com

Reef Scene by Dave. www.davidfleetham.com
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Lionfish by Janice

Lionfish by Janice

Flame Hawkfish by Janice

Flame Hawkfish by Janice

Splendid Dartfish by Janice

Splendid Dartfish by Janice

Candy Crab by Janice

Candy Crab by Janice

We visited the Cats Meow for a day and although the currents were strong the diving was wonderful.  The cleaning station had 7 Sweetlips lining up waiting for their turn and we found a lovely pair of Citrus Gobys on top, posing rather uncharacteristically, ie. not swimming away at the first approach.  Beautiful little fish.

The Ribbon Eels at Wakaya are still rooming together, it seems.  Hopefully they stick around for a while, although I am half expecting one of them to turn into its yellow (female) terminal phase.  When it does I will be ready with my camera!

Everyone loved Makogai and Gau was great and we even dived Golden Sunset on this cruise.  That site is usually a little too far out of our way but we happened to be in the right place at the right time to make it work this cruise.

We returned to Mount Mutiny for a second go too.  Back by popular demand..


Now, four days to recharge the batteries before the next one!  Bring it on!

Our Guests...

Ralph aka Master of Disguise
Ralph aka Master of Disguise
Janice
Janice
Dave
Dave
Mary Bess
Mary Bess
Peter
Peter
Darrel
Darrel
Steve
Steve
Lois
Lois
Paul
Paul
Karin
Karin
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
John
John
Mark
Mark
Don
Don

Comments

“We’ve been on other liveaboards – this is by far the best. Crew, food, sites – everything fantastic!!! Amanda – thanks for saving my ears & Joshua – thanks for saving Steve! The boat layout is top notch & the rooms are great. Thanks so much for an excellent trip.”

Lisa & Steve

~ Lisa & Steve