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Log Date: Saturday, Jan 24, 2015
Entry By: Captain Joji









 



Island Dancer II

Captains log – 24th January 2015

 

Water temp – 77/ 79

Recommended suit – 3mm

Weather – Easterly wind 10/15 knots of wind

Visibility – 80ft

 

CREW

Captain Joji

Chief Engineer – Vince

Dive Master – Mosese

Chef – Peni

Steward – Eddie

 

GUEST – Kurt, Cedar, Jean, Debra

 

DIVE SITES

Sunday – Manta rock, Manta wall, Wakaya passage, Christine’s

Monday – Kansas, North save a tack, Black forest, Coral corner

Tuesday – Schoolhouse, North wall, Chimneys, Chimneys

Wednesday – Cats, Mellow yellow, Hi 8, Hi 8, N/D – Hi 8

Thursday – Aquarium, Alacrity, Moses reef, Howard’s diner

Friday – Nigali shark alley

Saturday – Suva port

 

Saturday – January 24th

On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA They all arrived at 1200noon the crew assisted each guest to their designated cabin, while they settle with their cabin our chef Peni prepared a nice hot lunch while we started our official crew introduction and safety briefing. At 1430hrs we departed jetty for Wakaya Island where we commence our check out dive

 

Sunday – January 25th

We had a great day of diving today at manta rock the weather was amazing our guest were eager to get into the water with bright sunshine today our guest really loved this dive site as we swim along the wall we saw a huge hawksbill turtle swim towards us also our guest saw barracudas, yellow fin tuna and lots of reef fisher we were also fortunate to see a Hammerhead. After the third dive we started the main engine and headed to Makogai Island for our 4th dive and this dive we saw many critters and of cause the soft coral, black coral and atop the reef were totally covered with different type of anthias and damsel fish…wow what and amazing dive.

 

Monday – January 26th

Another great dive today at Kansas this morning our divers really enjoy this dive they saw scorpion leaf fish, moray eel, octopus, school of barracudas, school of jacks, grey, white tip sharks and lots of critters and once again the outstanding incredible soft coral have since established themselves on the shattered hard coral, clown trigger fish, black spotted sweetlips, midnight snapper, regal angel fish, long fin banner fish, red and black anemone fish and thousands of square spot anthias fish also one of the main attraction for black forest is the growth of the black coral and sea fan was quite amazing along with soft coral. The island dancer II heaved anchor and headed to Black forest for our third dive which end up to be another great dive, this dive we saw some interesting critters like chromodoris nudibranchs, blue dragon nudibranchs, decorator dart fish and lots of reef fishers

 

Tuesday - January 27th

Schoolhouse was our 1st dive little windy 10/15knts, NW wind. Little current at schoolhouse but the diving is great. This dive our divers saw many school of fisher like school of banner fish, school of jacks, barracuda’s, banded sea snake, Moray eel, Oriental sweetlips. Our next dive at north wall quite and interesting dive as they see different types of fishers feeding along the wall and on the rubble sandy bottom there were lots of critters and garden eel. Next we headed to chimneys during this dive our guest saw manta shrimp, black spotted sweetlips, lots of nudibranchs and of cause the different types of soft coral and black coral

 

Wednesday – January 28th

We started our first dive at cat’s meow and we haven’t been to this dive site for a very long time but I’m glad that today the weather was really amazing which cats is the first to be on our list this morning our guest saw lots of black spotted sweetlips, coral trout, moray eel, juvenile lobsters and atop the reef there were lots of anemone and different types of the colors of soft coral at 19 feet. After this dive we headed to Mellow yellow. At 80ft, yellow, purple, orange, red, cream yellow or any other color of soft coral “ mellow yellow “ is the garden of all colors and this dive our guest saw school of jacks, white tip sharks, Barracudas, oriental sweetlips, black spotted sweetlips, cleaner wrasse and much more. HI 8 is one of the well-known sites from the last decade and still proven himself that he is still amongst the best site in the world and know doubt about that so our guest preferred to do 2 dives here and a night dive because of the beauties at Hi8

 

Thursday – January 29th

Little windy this morning at aquarium our divers saw flat worms, spotted sweetlips, oriental sweetlips, moray eel, dragon net and on the top there were lots of reef fishers, anthias fish. And one of the main attractions at aquarium is the yellow and purple soft coral on the current side of the wall there were lots of black surgeon, unicorn fish and school of fusilier fish. @ Howards diner, little boat ride and drift towards the channel and this dive our guest saw moray eel, grey reef, white tip, bump head wrasse, flatworms as we continued to drift towards the point myself and Debra we both went inside one cave what we saw inside was really amazing some really big sea fan and lots of reef fishers and colorful soft coral inside

 

 

Friday – December 5th

Another great dive today at Nigali passage and most of our guest always liked this dive and most of them rated our shark dive to be amongst the best in the world our guest had a close encounter with the grey reef sharks, as we slowly descended we were surrounded by a school of vampire fish and grey reef sharks and all their eyes on Moses with sacks of fish chunk as we reached the sandy bottom we were escorted by grey reef sharks which circling us until we reached the shark alley. At the shark alley we make sure that everyone fits in well with their camera ready….what a spectacular dive. As we headed back to Suva the crew started rinses all their dive gears and dried them before we arrives port

 

1530 – the Island Dance II arrived in port

1830 – Cocktail on the boat before our guest head out to town for their dinner

Congratulations to everyone’s on this trip for becoming official Iron Divers

 

Saturday – December 6th

0630hrs – continental breakfast was prepared for our guest prior to disembarking the vessel

The watermen of the island dancer II bids farewell to the guest and hope that they have a safe journey back home to their loved ones and hoped we would meet again someday

 

CAPT – JOJI TAVURA

ISLAND DANCER II – FIJI