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Log Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Entry By: Fiji Crew







 



Island Dancer II

Captains log – 30th May 2015

 

Water temp – 80/ 82

Recommended suit – 3mm / 5mm

Weather – Easterly wind 10/15 knots of wind

Visibility – 70ft

 

CREW

Captain Joji

Chief Engineer – Vince

Dive Master – Mosese

Chef – Peni

Steward – Eddie

 

Guest – David, Albier, Kent, Ross, Largio, Greco, Thomas, Stephanie, Sarah, Eric

 

DIVE SITES

Sunday – Clam rock, Ricks rock, half pipe, Christine’s

Monday – Coral corner, Mellow yellow, HI 8, E6

Tuesday – Moses reef, Howards Diner, Cats.

Wednesday – North Save a tack, Chimneys, Chimneys, North wall

Thursday – Jims, Nigali, Nigali

Friday – Jims, South wall

 

Saturday – Suva port

On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA to David, Albier, Kent, Ross, Largio, Greco, Thomas, Stephanie, Sarah and Eric. 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 Makogai Island where we commence our check out dive

 

Sunday – Makogai Island

On the first dive this morning at clam rock nice and sunshine as our guest prepare their dive gears and cameras an ready for check out dive with no current from 56 feet our guest saw Flabalina, Hawksbill turtle, Humphead wrasse but at 15 feet a giant clam still going strong the great, great grand father of all the clam around Makogai Island like the sizes of one dinner table. We headed to Ricks rock for our 2nd dive our guest saw lots of reef fish and nudibranchs and because the moray eels, hawksbill turtle, pipefish the hard coral and soft coral were really amazing. 3rd dive at half pipe at 68 feet a banded sea snake just checking out from the reef and swim right to the surface as we continue to swim around the bommies Largio and Greco remain stayed at one depth with their big camera we saw grey reef shark, Banded sea snake, Octopus, lots of midnight snapper on the top there were Anthias fish that covered the reef top

 

Monday – Vatu I ra (Bligh Water)

Another great day of diving today at Coral corner and our guest really enjoyed this dive with lots of reef fish, long fin banner fish, red and black anemone fish also one of the main attraction is the growth of the soft coral and sea fan was quite amazing along the wall there were yellow soft coral that covers the entire reef, Our guest saw many colorful nudibranchs, decorator dart fish, juvenile clown trigger fish, White tip, Grey reef shark. Mellow yellow for our 2nd dive our divers saw scorpion leaf fish, moray eel and lots of critters and once again the outstanding incredible soft coral have since established themselves on the shattered hard coral which make our guest enjoyed their dive. The Island Dancer II heaved anchor and headed to HI 8 for our 3rd Dive our guest saw Grey reef, White tip, Hawksbill turtle, Oriental, Black spotted sweetlips an Barracudas down at 75 feet an above the yellow soft coral were every where

 

 

Tuesday – Vatu I ra (Bligh Water)

Another great day at the Bligh water today with sunshine 10/15 knots of wind

Moses reef was our top choice this morning immediately we were greeted by several friendly grouper even some of the barracudas were patient enough to have his photo taken, out over the wall two of the residents sharks came by to say hi to us all. 2nd dive at Howards Diner very relaxing dive our guest saw Grey reef sharks and lots of Bullethead parrotfish, Moray eel, yellow box fish and Puffer fish. After completing the first two dives at this reef we headed to Cats reef for the remaining two dives and this is one of the classic dive site very shallow reef but it has all the magnificent colors along with all the beautiful reef fish and not only that at 15 feet Red anemone were also the permanent resident of this reef as our guest back onboard the only word we can hear from them …Unbelievable    

 

Wednesday Namena Island

This morning we woke up to a wonderful sunrise on Namena Island and the crossing last night went without peril, and everyone looks well rested and ready for the upcoming day dive. North save a tack was our top call this morning where all came back with reports of seen many different types of critters and different types of reef fish, Grey reef, white tip sharks, lots of parrot fish, green eyed trigger fish were everywhere. While our guest enjoyed their breakfast we headed to chimneys for our 2nd and 3rd dive - Several large fish were seen more turtles, moray eel. The divers also saw thousands of Anthias fish, Unicorn fish, and Black surgeon and of cause the colors of all color of soft coral. After lunch we all jumped in and immediately were greeted by several jacks and barracudas and all fish was patient enough for pictures. 4th Dive at North wall or Grant central station. We spotted a pair of Decorator dart fish, school of jacks, Golden mantis shrimp, Moray eel as we continue to drift towards the big boat we saw two Grey reef sharks even rested on the sand ready for hunting at night

 

 

Thursday – Gau Island

Our first dive this morning at Jims our divers liked this dive a group of pinnacle staying closer together our divers saw Mumble ray, Banded sea snake, Chromodoris nudibranch, Flabalina, Oriental and Black spotted sweetlips and on the sandy bottom there were lots of garden eels another interesting dive. After this dive we heaved anchor and headed to Nigali passage for our 2nd 3rd dive Shark dive at Nigali passage is always the best, one of the best shark dive in the world most of our guest always enjoyed this dive. There are so many photogenic sharks and groupers that always there for our guest as we drifted toward the shallow for safety stop the top reef is well covered with all the beautiful healthy coral and soft coral even at 25 feet were surrounded by a school of vampire fish and grey reef sharks what a spectacular dive. After this dive we started the main engine and headed to Nawaikama village for a village visit which our guest so exited 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 dancing (meke) and the meal tonight was a Fijian food cooked in the underneath oven…delicious. Roast pork, roast chicken, Palusami with coconut cream milk, marinated fish…yummy..

 

Friday – Gau Island

We did one early morning dive this morning at 0500am little current but not dampen the spirit of our guest as they all eager to get into the water. This site is always full of small critters our guest saw Banded sea snake, lots of blue lined snappers, nude branchers, Flat worms, Scorpion fish and much more. 2nd Dive at main reef visibility not good but the diving still great

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

1545 – The Island Dance II arrived in port

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

Congratulations to David, Albier, Kent, Largio, Thomas, Sarah, on this trip for becoming official Iron Divers of the week

 

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 the guest and hope that they have a safe journey back home to their loved ones and hoped we would meet again someday

 

Copt – Joji Tavura

Chief Eng – Vince Moore

Dive master – Moses visaka

Cook – Peni sovakalia

Steward – Eddie Nikola