Island Dancer II Captains Log Oct 10th- 17th 2015
Water Temp-78f Visibility- 100+ ft
Bula Vinaka everyone, we departed Suva making the 8 hour cruise for our first nights anchorage once all our guests had settled in.
Our first day was spent diving the pinnacles of Makogai Island, our divers most of them photographers were able to check that all of their photo equipments were in good working order, in excellent diving conditions(good visibility, zero current and bright sunshine). Dive sites: Christine’s, Half Pipe and Ricks Rock. Critters: Leaf scorpion fish. Ghost Pipe fish, clown fish and crommodores.
Day 2 & 3 was at Namena Island Marine Reserve. Our diving began at Chimneys in perfect diving conditions, bright sun shine, calm seas and crystal clear water. The divers were amazed with the abundance and variety of marine life, bright colored coral/fish and nudibancs . Next up was north save-a-tack passage and we ended day 2 with dives at ulais’ find.
Day 3 started with 2 dives at mushrooms, a dive site with 2 pinnacles teaming with marine life. Although seas were rough on the surface we enjoyed pristine conditions beneath, all the different bright colored soft corals opened up to five times its size feeding on the nutrients of the incoming tide, clown fishes darting in and out of there anemone home entertaining videographer Michael.
After the first dive whilst gazing out into the horizon guest Edward alerted the rest of us to a hump back whale breaching 200 meters behind the boat, we all caught the second and third breach which pretty much made our day. We ended another awesome day with dives at Kansas and Mid Patch.
We awoke to bright sunshine in the calm anchorage of Wakaya Island on day 4 after a rough nights crossing. We kicked off the day with dives at Manta Rock and Manta Wall. The first dive was a macro dive with loads of little critters on the base of manta rock. The next dive on manta wall was a wide angle dive, however the non divers (Christine & Mila) got to see a large manta getting cleaned at the manta cleaning station and not the divers. After lunch we headed to Wakaya Passage and wall for our afternoon and night dives. Hammer head sharks, white tip reef sharks and schooling barracudas was the order of the afternoon.
The last Island of the trip was Gau Island where we did four dives and the village visit. Diving for the day started at Nigali shark passage with a drift on the outgoing tide at 7am. Getting in the water inside the passage we dove the inner wall before letting the current carry us out, diving through schools of horse eyed jacks, barracudas, spotted eagle rays and sharks feeding in the channel. At 10am the tide turned bringing crystal clear water into the passage which made the shark dive a memorable dive for our guests. We took a short dinghy ride to the mouth of the passage and descended to 90ft with 10 grey reef sharks circling. By the time we drifted to the feeding area the number of sharks double with red snappers and several groupers joining in the feed. The afternoon dives were at Jims alley and Anthias with a juvenile and adult ribbon eel before heading to Nawaikama Village for an evening of Fijian cultural dances, song and Kava drinking ceremony led by Engineer Sam.