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Log Date: Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
Entry By: Fiji Crew









 



Island Dancer II - Captains log

Charter Week April 18th – April 25th

 

Water temp – 77/ 79

Recommended suit – 3mm / 5mm

Weather – Easterly wind 20/ 25 knots of wind

Visibility – 70ft

 

CREW

Captain Joji

Chief Engineer – Vince

Dive Master – Mosese

Chef – Peni

Steward – Eddie

 

Guest – Heather, Evan, Ethan, Linda, Gwen, Rhys, Sam

 

DIVE SITES

Sunday – Manta rock, Wakaya passage, Manta wall, Wakaya wall, N/D – Vatu vai

Monday – Christine palace, Rick’s rock, Half pipe, Dominoes,

Tuesday – North wall, Chimneys, Chimneys, Kansas, N/D – Namena Island

Wednesday School House, North save a tack, Mushroom, Coral haven

Thursday – Jims, Anthias, Nigali passage

Friday – Nigali, Anthias II

Saturday – Suva port

 

Saturday – Suva port

On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA to Heather, Evan, Ethan, Linda, Gwen, Rhys, Sam. They all arrived little before 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 – Wakaya Island

Check out dive this morning at manta rock what a good start as all divers were really enjoy their dive we start our dive at manta rock. At 67 feet there were lots of critters it was quite interesting to see some of the critters that some of our guest haven’t seen it before like wing pipe fish, chromodoris nudibranch, flabalina, flatworms, As we continue to drift along the wall a huge manta swam towards us and do is usual feeding technics our guest moved in close and take many pictures as they can and the manta not even bother at all what a good start for us. 2nd dive @ wakaya passage we take a little boat and continue to hunt down more Manta but luck was on our side today 3 manta keep coming at us and stay for 5 minutes, our guest really enjoyed their time with manta on the sandy bottom we saw grey and white tip sharks, grouper and lots of parrot fish. 3rd dive at manta wall again the diving got better and better as we continue to see some interesting critters and of cause the grey reef and white tip patrolling the wall just to make sure we all behave! Spanish mackerel and tuna were also headed towards us with hawksbill turtle on a small coral heads but looking out over the wall. 4th dive at Wakaya wall another interesting dive our guest saw scorpion leaf fish, group of banner fish, lots of coral trout, black spotted sweetlips, hawksbill turtle, school of fusilier fish, jacks….what a glorious day underwater.

 

Monday – Makogai Island

Our 1st dive this morning at christine’s kind of and easy dive as our guest take all their time on the rubble bottom looking for critters but some of our guest enjoyed their time with all the fish life on the pinnacle wall this dive we saw a Clown trigger fish, black spotted sweetlips, midnight snapper, regal angel fish, long fin banner fish, red and black anemone fish, leaf scorpion fish, Golden mantis shrimp, Flat worm and lots of nudibranch. After this dive we headed to ricks rock for our 2nd dive another amazing dive with all the colorful soft coral and lots of fish life. From 45 feet above this is where our guest spend most of their time with many different types of reef fish and lots of colorful nudibranchs another great thing about this dive on the very top it was well covered with orange anthias and damsel fish and not only that bicolor, Mimic, short bodied, lance blennies were everywhere. 3rd dive at half pipe another easy dive with no current and amazing visibility this dive we saw lots of butterfly fish, starry dragon net, moray eel, longnose file fish, Randall’s shrimp goby, yellow nose shrimp goby on the sandy bottom there were lots of Garden eel, black saddle toby. 4th dive at dominoes another relaxing dive with no current      

 

Tuesday – Namena Island

Our 1st dive this morning at Grant central station our divers really liked this dive as we started our dive with a deep dive we take a little boat to drop us from the wall and drift towards the big boat as we slowly decent to the bottom we were greeted by a school of barracudas and right below that green eyed trigger fish were everywhere our guest were quite amazed with all the fish life here. Along the wall grey reef, white tip sharks, were amongst the fish life at grand central station as we approaching the arch school of jacks and sleek surgeon fish are the permanent resident for arch while we at arch we saw tuna and mackerels swam passed us at 40 feet. What a spectacular dive. After this dive we headed to chimneys for our 2nd and 3rd dive - chimneys is one of the well known site in Fiji it has all the colors that you want to see but not only that the fish life here is totally amazing first our guest were at 75 feet with all the garden eels, black spotted, diagonal sweetlips, clown trigger fish, midnight snapper, pipe fish and lots of steep head parrot fish were everywhere. After this dive we headed back to Kansas for our 4th dive and Kansas is commonly known to be the permanent resident for pigmy seahorse. Moses was at his best today as he showed 3 pigmy and lots of critters to our guest, hey also saw Grey reef, white tip, lots of fusilier fish, black surgeon fish and unicorn fish were everywhere

 

Wednesday – Namena Island

What a great morning this morning with sunshine 10/15 knots of easterly wind as we choose to do school house this morning, not much current and the is diving is great this dive our guest saw many school of fish like school of banner fish, school of jacks, barracuda’s, banded sea snake, Moray eel, Oriental sweetlips and much more. After this dive we headed back to North wall for our 2nd dive and dive at north wall during an incoming current is always great as all the big fish and school of fishers always feeding along the wall and this dive our divers saw school of barracudas, school of jacks, grey reef sharks, white tip sharks, trigger fish and school o fusilier fish were everywhere!!!!! Another spectacular dive

3rd dive at mushroom this pinnacle just few meters of the surface and is endowed with a truly astonishing array of soft coral, sea fans and crinoids, numerous undercuts slice deeply into the rock at various depth, sheltering brilliant coral trout, squirrelfish, hinge beak shrimp and the purple soft coral here is everywhere. 4th dive – Coral haven is one have the prettiest dive sites, which had all colors of soft coral and lots of fish life as we slowly descending into the blue we were greeted by school of fusilier fish before we reach the bottom at 58 feet we saw blue ribbon eel just few meters away a lone hawksbill turtle feeding on the reef, exploring some of the small coral heads that fully covered with soft coral and lots of reef fish. Coral haven is our afternoon site and what a great 4th dive for our guest to enjoy the shallow reef top

 

 

Thursday – Gau Island

Jim’s Alley is our first choice this morning and the highlight about jims on the shallow reef top is covered with red anemone while we at 60feet a lone banded sea snake came by so did several sting rays, a two reef sharks and lots of nudibranchs also springer’s blenny, bicolor, comical, blue stripped blennies on the reef top. At 65 feet large green moral eel hunting with bumphead parrotfish munching on sponge again large Manta rays passed by and grey reef shark. During breakfast we moved to a spot called Anthias for our 2nd dive as the sun came up with great visibility our guest were eager to get back into the water Anthias avenue is a group of 3 pinnacle that stays closer together covered with different types of anthias like Hawks, square spot, scale fin, Hawks fin and red fin anthias also Bennett’s butterfly, Saddle butterfly and triangular butterfly fish with lots of reef fish had covered the entire reef…… what a great dive    

We headed to shark passage for our 3rd dive all our guest were eager to get into the water one of our friend Sam already highlighted them about the shark dive here which they will had a close encounter with the sharks as we descended we were greeted by a school of barracudas down on the bottom with our friendly grouper Lee roy who was waiting patiently as he usually escorted us to the feeding arena. All guest had their camera’s fitted on as we ascended down the shark alley where sharks were coming from everywhere …what a spectacular dive. We started the main engine and headed to Somosomo village for our village visit where our guests were treated to our traditional ways of drinking kava and was later entertained with a Fijian dancing (meke). Later they enjoyed their meal which was Fijian food cooked in the underneath oven…delicious. Roast pork, roast chicken, Dalo and Palusami with coconut cream milk

 

Friday – Gau Island

Another great morning as we choose to do another shark dive and our guest were happy to see the healthy coral and sponge life, keep your eyes peeled for the big and small critters one of our favorite site school of reef fish swarming around the wall edge, a few lion fish, lots of midnight snapper, barracudas, Moray eel, jacks and lots of grey reef sharks, giant parrot fish and Spanish mackerel were amongst the fish life at this passage. After this dive we headed to Anthias II as we continue to look for some small critters and this dive we saw clown trigger fish, lots of trigger fish, leaf scorpion fish, banded sea snake and of cause the small critters was just amazing, As we headed back to Suva the crew started rinses all their dive gears and dried them before we arrives port

 

1630 – the Island Dance II arrived in port

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

 

Saturday

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

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