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Wakaya's Wonders!

Destination: Lomoviti Group, Namena Marine Reserve, Vatu-I-Ra - Bligh Waters
Trip Date: Jul 3rd - Jul 10th, 2010 - Comments
Author: Sam Campbell
Welcome Back: The Miller's, Fred & Earleen, Pat & Jeff

Wakaya really produced the goods on this trip. There were some great hammerhead encounters & a fantastic manta feeding display. An island of outstanding beauty, Wakaya makes for a great anchorage & offers a huge diversity of reef life. Usually one of the best places to encounter mantas is Vatu-Vai but this week the mantas seemed to be feeding just in the blue out from the drop-off at the White Wall. With a good incoming current bringing nutrient rich water up from the depths, we were treated to an afternoon show from three different mantas.

The dive was delayed as we spotted two hammerheads from the skiff & decided to snorkel with these magnificent sharks while they cruised up & down the channel, effortlessly gliding against the current while we observed from above.

Pat demonstrates her flair for macro with a great Pygmy Seahorse shot

Pat demonstrates her flair for macro with a great Pygmy Seahorse shot

Fred gets up close with a Spade Fish

Fred gets up close with a Spade Fish

Pat even gets focused on a moving Pygmy!

Pat even gets focused on a moving Pygmy!

A small Eagle Ray hangs in the blue at NSAT Passage, taken by Bailey

A small Eagle Ray hangs in the blue at NSAT Passage, taken by Bailey

A voracious predator, the common Lion Fish is always on the hunt, captured by Bailey

A voracious predator, the common Lion Fish is always on the hunt, captured by Bailey

Fred finds a new juvenile Ribbon Eel & got photos to prove it!

Fred finds a new juvenile Ribbon Eel & got photos to prove it!

Christmas Tree Worm, taken by Fred

Christmas Tree Worm, taken by Fred

Soft Coral feeding, taken by Bailey

Soft Coral feeding, taken by Bailey

Fiji Clown Blenny poses for Fred

Fiji Clown Blenny poses for Fred

Giant Moray poking it's head out from the reef, taken by Fred

Giant Moray poking it's head out from the reef, taken by Fred

Shy Gobi poses for a patient Fred!.

Shy Gobi poses for a patient Fred!.

Brave Anenome fish guards his home, taken by Jim

Brave Anenome fish guards his home, taken by Jim

Taken by Fred

Taken by Fred

Captured by Fred

Captured by Fred

Scorpion Leaf fish trying to hide in Vatu-I-ra, captured by Bailey

Scorpion Leaf fish trying to hide in Vatu-I-ra, captured by Bailey

Taken by Jim

Taken by Jim

Taken by Bailey

Taken by Bailey

Nai'a at sunset in Gau, taken by Bailey

Nai'a at sunset in Gau, taken by Bailey

Taken by Jim

Taken by Jim

Taken by Jim

Taken by Jim

Chinese Dragon looking for sunlight to aid its photosynthetic feeding strategy, taken by Bailey

Chinese Dragon looking for sunlight to aid its photosynthetic feeding strategy, taken by Bailey

Tubastria covered in Anthias, taken by Bailey

Tubastria covered in Anthias, taken by Bailey

Simultaneous hermaphrodites getting naughty, captured by Jim

Simultaneous hermaphrodites getting naughty, captured by Jim

Butterfly fish feeding from the hard corals polyps, taken by Bailey

Butterfly fish feeding from the hard corals polyps, taken by Bailey

Taken by Jim

Taken by Jim

Taken by Bailey

Taken by Bailey

Hawk Fish waiting for a feeding opputunity, taken by Jim

Hawk Fish waiting for a feeding opputunity, taken by Jim

From Ribbon Eels to leaf fish, Manta's to hammerheads, Wakaya has critters & pelagic all on the same dives - making it easy to satisfy everyones diving desires.

Fred & Earleen, & Jim, Maureen & Bailey were all making back to back trips & were thrilled to have had such good encounters at Wakaya. Bailey became our lucky mascot - as in which skiff or dive site he went to that group always got lucky. From the whale shark on the previous trip, the great manta encounters, the hammerheads passing by overhead or the endless pygmies on Kansas - Bailey was there at the right time & the right place!!!. Pat & Jeff were return passengers to the Nai'a & were always on hand to capture some great photos. Their Pygmy seahorse shots clearly show they have flair for macro!.

Our Guests...

Bailey
Bailey
Aimee
Aimee
Anastasia
Anastasia
Maureen
Maureen
Jim
Jim
Andrew
Andrew
Kerry
Kerry
Cheryl
Cheryl
Tammy
Tammy
Jon
Jon
Michael
Michael
Janice
Janice
Pat
Pat
Jeff
Jeff

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