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Log Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Entry By: Fiji Crew









 



Island Dancer II

Captains log: May 23rd – May 30th

 

Water temp – 82/ 84

Recommended suit – 3mm/5mm

Weather – Easterly wind 10/15 knots

Visibility – 80ft

 

CREW

Captain Joji

Chief Engineer – Vince

Dive Master – Mosese

Chef – Peni

Steward –Steve

 

Guest – Jim, Jennifer, Sandra, Capt. Paramod, Austin, Dimay, Felicia, Jackson, Wayne Brown, Elizabeth

 

DIVE SITES

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

Monday – Mellow yellow, mellow yellow, Hi8

Tuesday – Howards diner, Coral comer, Mellow yellow

Wednesday – Chimneys, North wall, Black forest, Coral haven

Thursday – Nigali Passage, Jims

Friday – Nigali passage

 

Saturday Port – May 23rd - 2015

On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA to Jackson, Felecia, Capt. Parmod, Austin, Dimay, Elizabeth, Timothy, Sandra, Jennifer and Wayne Brown. They all arrived little after noon where the crew assisted each guest to their designated cabin, while they organized themselves our chef Peni prepared a nice hot lunch before we started our official crew introduction and safety briefing. At 1430hrs we departed fisheries jetty for Wakaya Island where we commenced our check out dive

 

Sunday – Wakaya Island – May 24th 2015

The Island Dancer II heaved anchor this morning and headed out to Manta rock for our check out dive and was ready to see more critters. The highlights of the day were a wing pipe fish, Moyers dragon net mating, Moray eel and Clown trigger fish. After a lovely breakfast we’ve planned to do Wakaya passage for our 2nd dive. Our guest saw Grey reef, white tip sharks, Barracudas, Lion fish, leaf scorpion fish but Jennifer was quite happy this morning as she hadn’t seen a Hammerhead before and today was her lucky day…congratulations Jennifer…. the talk on the dive deck was about the Hammerhead, Manta ray and Wing pipe fish. 3rd dive at Wakaya wall we saw Bumphead wrasse, Spanish mackerel, Tuna, leaf scorpion fish and different types of sea slugs. We headed to Makogai Island for our last dive and our guest really enjoyed seeing all the small critters and soft coral and recalled seeing a leaf scorpion fish, Moray eel, Scorpion fish, Lion fish and on the top there were lots of Anthias and Damsel fish along with Cleaner shrimp

 

Monday – Vatu I ra – May 25th 2015

Mellow Yellow was the location of dive one and dive two and this is one of our guest favorite for today and the highlight of this site is the yellow soft coral along with all different types of reef fish and that is why our guest choose to do two dives here. The only word I could hear from our guest was …Unbelievable…the color is really amazing; we would love to do this again. Well that is the beauty of Mellow believe, We headed to HI 8 for our third dive at this site we saw heaps of Jacks, Barracudas and Grey reef shark patrolling the edge of the wall but the most spectacular thing about this site is the colorful soft coral like a Garden of Yellow roses.

 

 

Tuesday – Vatu I ra – May 26th 2015

Little windy this morning at the Bligh water we plan to do Howards diner this morning which is well protected from the 20/25knots of easterly wind we enjoyed descending into the bottom, cruising the drop off exploring the healthy coral heads and swim thru as our guest end up seeing grey reef shark, porcupine fish, puffer fish, green moray eel, lots of soft coral, Clown trigger fish and right on the corner healthy corals and sponges fed by the deep up welling currents myself and Elisabeth went into one swim thru the sizes of sea fan, black coral that covers the entire caves were really amazing. 2nd dive at Coral corner this dive our guest saw grey reef, white tip sharks, barracudas, moray eel, oriental sweetlips and of cause the yellow soft coral that covers the wall. While we still at Mellow yellow anchorage the weather started to get bumpy so we plan to dive at a place where it’s safe for guest so all our guest agreed to do our 3rd dive at Mellow yellow again the top reef is covered with lots of anemone and magic coral during this dive we saw scorpion fish, nudibranchs and lots of reef fish that covers the top

 

Wednesday –Namena Island – May 27th 2015

After a bumpy crossing last night we ended up at chimneys for our first dive. The great thing about this site it has all the colors of soft coral that our guest wants to see. As we descended to the bottom different types of colorful fish greeted us on the sandy bottom garden eels were everywhere it is quite amazing watching all this critters. While we at the bottom we had some frequent pass byes of grey reef and white tip, barracudas, jacks. At the very end of the dive as our guest began to ascent we saw a small turtle checking out of the reef as we continued to ascent and looked down Tim an Sandra still enjoyed taking pictures at 75 feet there were so many things at chimneys like nudibranchs, shrimp, groupers, soft coral, sea fans, black coral…what a spectacular dive. We headed to North wall for our 2nd dive a perfect dive for Wide angle it was a pleasure to be with Wayne Brown on this trip as our guest and crew really enjoyed being with him getting some knowledge about cameras we saw school of barracudas, school of jacks, Grey reef an White tip shark, lots of Trigger fish, Moray eel and much more. 3rd dive at Black forest the sizes of sea fan here is unbelievable along the wall our divers saw Leaf scorpion fish, Scorpion fish, lots of nudibranchs, reticulated, Red fin, dot and dash butterfly fish were everywhere

4th dive at Coral corner such a stunning location for night dive purple an Red soft coral are everywhere our guest saw Blue ribbon eel, lots of Nudibranchs, Moray eel, Yellow nose shrimp goby, Trumpet fish, spotted porcupine fish, jaw fish and the high light of this dive the Pigmy sea horse an different types of reef fish  

 

Thursday – Gau Island – May 28th 2015

The moment we’ve been waiting for, I know everyone is pretty much looking forward too this dive one of the best shark dive a close encounter with the grey reef sharks as we descended we were surrounded by a school of vampire fish and grey reef sharks as we drifted towards the shark alley school of barracudas and jacks were right besides our guest what a thrilling shark dive. As we moved on further during this dive the west side gave more attraction Napolian Wrasse and many reef fish freely swimming in this beautiful passage. What a lovely day to cherish for life time a sight to remember. After this dive we headed to Jims for our 2nd dive we saw Red anemone, Puffer fish, Diagonal sweet lips, Grey reef shark, Banded sea snake. After this dive we started the main engine and headed to Nawaikama village for our village visit which our guest so excited about it while they at the village the village people show them the traditional ways of drinking kava and later entertained our guest with a Fijian dance (meke), the TUIBOTO or the Tug of war dance which everyone took part to enjoy the village life style. Capt. Paramod was chosen by everyone to be our chief and he did pretty well. As we headed back to the boat Peni served a Fijian food that was cooked in the underneath oven…delicious. Roast pork, roast chicken, Palusami with coconut cream milk, marinated fish…yummy…

 

Friday – Gau Island – May 29th 2015

Another beautiful sunshine and our guest were all eager to get into the water for another encounter with grey reef shark so what we misses yesterday during the shark dive, this morning is another golden opportunity for our guest and we did what exactly what we have plan to do on the passage which turns out to be another great dive and a best way to end the dive trip we also saw regal angel fish, spotted porcupine fish, long nose file fish and of cause the long fin banner fish, barracudas, lots of Midnight snapper, Jacks and of cause the Giant Grouper. As we headed back to Suva the crew started rinsing all their dive gears and dried them before we arrived to port at 16.30hrs.

 

1800 – Cocktail and Iron Diver presentation night, Congratulations to Sandra, Jennifer, Jackson, Austin and Timothy for becoming an official Iron Diver of the Island Dancer II and of cause the most prestigious award goes to Capt. Parmod Malik…. Congratulations…

The Island Dancer crew would like to thank our guest pleasant journey back to their home sweet home

 

Saturday – Fisheries Jetty – May 30th 2015

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

Chief Eng – Vince Moore

Dive master – Mosese Visaka

Cook – Peni sovakalia

Steward – Steve Reilly