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Log Date: Saturday, Apr 25, 2015
Entry By: Fiji Crew









 



.Island Dancer II - Captains log

Charter Week April 25th – May 2nd

 

 

Water temp – 77/ 79

Recommended suit – 3mm

Weather – Easterly wind 20/ 25 knots of wind

Visibility – 70/80ft

 

CREW

Captain Joji

Chief Engineer – Vince

Dive Master - Steve

Chef – Eddie

Steward – Bole

 

Guest – Wesley & Caitlin Hitt, Linda Keliher, Patricia Schubert, Hansjoerg Hanika, Holger Staehil, Roberto Peula, Alberto Ribas, Fernando Liorca and Marcos Martinez

 

DIVE SITES

Sunday – Manta rock, Wakaya Ridge, Rick’s rock, Christine’s,

Monday – Chimneys, Kansas, Grant Central station, Chimneys 2, N/D - Chimneys

Tuesday – South save a tack, Black forest 1, Black forest 2, North wall

Wednesday – Mt Mutiny, Mellow yellow, Coral corner, E6

Thursday – Nigali Passage, Nigali Passage, Jims

Friday – Nigali passage, Anthias

Saturday – Suva port

 

Saturday

On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA to

They all arrived little before 1200noon the crew assisted each guest to their designated cabin, while they settle with their cabin our chef Eddie 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

Manta rock was our first choice this morning one of our famous cleaning station for big fish, nice an easy dive as we continue to swim along the wall a small turtle checking out of the reef, lots of soft coral living on the wall, Garden eels our guest even saw Manta ray and Hammer head while we headed into the shallow looking for some small critters again wing pipe fish and lots of nudibranchs everyone had fun interacting with these amazing critters in their own environment. 2nd dive @ Wakaya wall the dropping of to 3000ft, healthy corals and sponges fed by the deep welling currents…. just amazing. After this dive we headed to Makogai Island for our 3rd and 4th dive we had incredible visibility, a little current and were treated to a sleeping grey reef shark out in the open, schooling wrasse and chromis and of cause the blennies, pipe horse, jacks, barracudas and lots of nudibranchs. 4th dive at Christine’s another amazing dive plenty of reef fish and of cause the soft coral colors here is amazing a small pinnacle but on the top is very healthy with lots of reef fish our guest saw angel fish, a large green moray eel, a couple of reef sharks and lots of nudibranchs  

 

Monday – Namena Island

A morning dive at chimneys always great start to the day excellent viz and lots of marine life the soft coral colors here is always unbelievable on the top is always one of our guest favorite place where many colors and colorful blennies, anemone, pipe fish on the side of the pinnacle there were lots of sergion, unicorn fish, a couple of reef sharks, school of fusilier fish. After this dive we headed back to Grant central station for our 2nd dive to dive here is always one of our favorite On the wall school of jacks, school of barracudas always the permanent resident for grant central station, few grey reef sharks were also cruising along wall. We headed to Chimneys for our 3nd dive on the top there were anthias fish that covers the entire reef top on the sandy bottom clown trigger fish, black spotted sweetlips, midnight snapper, regal angel fish, long fin banner fish, red and black anemone fish one of the main attraction here is the Pigmy sea horse along with

Soft coral were unbelievable, colorful nudibranchs, decorator dart fish, juvenile clown triggerfish and much more. 4th dive which end up to be another great dive, this dive we saw critters blue dragon nudibranchs, decorator dart fish and lots of reef fish green moray eel, jacks, barracudas were feeding along this pinnacle wall as we close to the surface two grey reef sharks swam close as meters from us

 

Tuesday – Namena Island

We had a wonderful morning today so we planned to do a drift dive this morning at South passage we enjoyed Swim thru great early morning pictures at south as we drift along the wall we saw White tip, Grey reef shark, Scorpion fish, Porcupine fish, Moray eel, Puffer fish, Dragon net while our guest enjoyed their breakfast we headed to Black forest for the 2nd dive the highlight were Leaf Scorpion fish, Spotted box fish, Decorator dart fish, Hawks bill turtle, Snappers, Angelfish, Groupers and lots of parrot fish excellent dive and swimming over this reef is like swimming over an underwater garden what a spectacular dive. 3rd dive at Coral haven shallow reef but the soft coral colors here is totally unbelievable and 2 of our guest said that it should be name as purple haven an the small coral heads that surrounds this reef were totally healthy and lots of reef fish we saw leaf Scorpion fish, Blue ribbon eel, Moray eel. Garden eels, Lionfish an on the top there were Anthias fish and lots of blennies a cleaner shrimp that covers the top. The Island Dancer II headed back to north save a tack for our 4th dive another wall dive even though the visibility not really great on this dive but the diving is good we saw school of jacks, school of barracudas, grey reef an white tip, Tuna, Spanish mackerel, Potato grouper, Moray eel and thousands of green eyed trigger fish

 

Wednesday – Vatu I ra (Bligh Water)

After spending 2 days at Namena Island we travelled down last night to come an dive at the Bligh water where many huge soft coral an colors here is just amazing the wall of huge yellow soft coral is everywhere and diving at HI 8 is always amazing. After spending the mooring at HI 8 we headed to Mellow yellow for our 2nd dive another great dive at mellow yellow as we descended we were greeted by a school of green eyed trigger fish and this is one of our dive site you can spend 3 dives, as there are many beautiful colors of fish and soft coral and this dive we saw puffer fish, oriental, Diagonal sweetlips, Clown trigger fish, Grey reef an white tip sharks. Coral corner for our third dive we saw lots of banded fish, black spotted sweetlips, leaf scorpion fish, lot of nudibranchs, porcupine fish, grey reef sharks. While our guest enjoyed their snacks we heaved anchor and headed to E6 for our 4th dive another great dive at E6 as we continue to looking for all the beautiful reef fish and critters at E6 very relaxing dive we saw Dragon net mating, Scorpion fish, lots of banner fish, moris idol,

 

Thursday – Gau Island

We did 2 dives this morning at Shark passage the first one was a drift dive perfect dive outside the wall while we drifting towards the passage there were many spotted sweetlips, Grouper, Coral trout, Grey reef shark an white tip. The moment we’ve been waiting for is the shark feeding turns out to be a great dive.

Our guest enjoyed this dive as sharks were everywhere at the feeding arena and some of our guest even touch their belly clearly shows how the sharks moved in so close to our guest and the talk on the table how the sharks moving in so close

After the third dive at jims we headed to Nawaikama Village for a village visit from here the village elders entertaining our guest with some Fijian dancing and a traditional ways of drinking kava after all our guest headed back to the boat our Chef Eddie served them a nice hot Fijian meal that cooked in the underneath oven or LOVO delicious Roast pork, Roast chicken, Palusami (Taro leaves with coconut cream milk) Marinated fish…    

 

Friday – Gau Island

We did one dive this morning at Nigali again we did briefed our guest about the bad weather but that didn’t effect the spirit of our divers as they eager to continue and enjoy their dive an this dive our guest saw lots of reef fish and critters flatworms, nudibranchs, spotted porcupine fish, long nose file fish and of cause the long fin banner fish and at 65 feet our divers saw a alameda ghost pipe fish and banded sea snake

As we headed back to Suva the crew started rinses all their dive gears and dried them before we arrives port

1645 – The Island Dance II arrived in port

1800 – Cocktail on the boat before our guest head out to town for their dinner

Congratulations to on this trip for becoming official Iron Divers

 

Saturday – Suva port

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

The watermen 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