February 6th - 13th 2016
Water temp – 79
Guest – Emmanuel, Edith, Lottie, William, Brian, Annie, Kathy and Rhys
On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big Bula to Emmanuel, Edith, Lottie, William, Brian, Annie and Kathy
They all arrived little after 1100 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 1530hrs we departed jetty for Wakaya Island
Sunday – Gau Island
Great start at Gau Island this morning we did our check out dive at jims great start of the day our guest saw lots of reef fish, Nudibranchs, Moray eels. After the 2nd dive we headed to Nigali passage, hard coral here is just amazing as well as the soft coral, @ 65ft our guest saw chromodoris, phyllidia and Flabalina nudibranch on the deep end of the sandy bottom there were many garden eels, on the opposite side of the rock Brian and Annie enjoyed themselves watching all the Red anemone and reef fish. During Showtime I tell you what!! This is one of the best shark dives in the world!!!!! Grey reef sharks are very much entertaining and not only that school of jacks, Spanish mackerel, tuna, school of barracudas, lots of parrot fish. We headed back to Anthias for our night dive. Highlights from these dive included several turtles, scorpion fish, hump head parrot fish, and several school of reef fish. During the night dive along with a large plura branch with plenty of shrimp, crabs, sleeping parrot fish and some nuibranchs.
Monday – Namena Island
This morning we woke up to a wonderful sunrise on Namena and everyone looks well rested and ready for the upcoming day dive. Starting the engines at 0630am we ventured towards the combination dive site by the name of grant central station and Kansas on the top of Kansas we circled around the rock with colorful soft coral. On the shallow side of Kansas we were grace with spotted eagle ray, which swam so fast to the deep, bumped head wrasse and green moray eel were also a permanent resident of Kansas. We headed down to Chimneys for our 2/3rd dive 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, Pigmy sea horse, Onate ghost pipe fish and much more. We headed back to North save a tack for our 4th and 5th dive - Several large fish were seen more moray eel and thousands of Anthias fish at the reef top Unicorn fish, Black surgeon were amongst the fish at North passage
Tuesday - Namena Island
Another great day at Namena Is today with sunshine 10/15 knots of wind. North save a tack was our top choice this morning immediately we were greeted by several green eye triggerfish, unicorn fish. Bumphead wrasse were patient enough to have his photo taken, while we drifted towards the big boat there were many colorful reef fish and soft coral. This location is famous for it’s swim thru (archers) ledges, and variety of coral. Maximum depth here of 75ft! You can spend the whole day dive here right under the boat a labyrinth of coral formation, Awesome dive an easy swim
Along the wall. Everyone kept the blue in view in the hopes of catching a glimpse of hammerhead shark or Manta ray but instead our divers saw grey reef and white tip sharks. Back to south for another classic dive at chimneys. A crew favorite with all colors of soft coral and different types of fish too our divers that had camera a fabulous site like chimneys will keep us occupied all afternoon, as being the site that really put us on the diving map till today. Popular because, not only the colors beautiful ironic pinnacle to wind our way around, black coral and whip coral, and lots of macro life
Wednesday – Makogai Island
Rick were at his best this morning great start of the day excellent visibility and lots of marine life, soft coral colors here is always unbelievable on the reef top is always one of our guest favorite where many colors of soft coral and blennies, red anemone, are so pretty with magnificent color. After this dive we headed to half pipe for our 2nd dive, one of our favorite many critters we saw jacks, barracudas, are the permanent resident at school house, few grey reef sharks and lot of banded fish. Our 3rd dive at Christine’s some interesting critters clown trigger fish, black spotted sweetlips, midnight snapper, regal angelfish, long fin banner fish, red and black anemone fish. After this dive we started the main engine and headed to Makogai 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..
Thursday – Makogai – Wakaya
Another great day of diving today at Dominoes 5-10knots of easterly wind, our experience divers seems to enjoyed being at 45 feet, which has the most spectacular colors of soft coral. At 65 feet all the little coral heads was dense with fish life. Anthias, of course darting out to capture passing morsels, cardinal fish daring in their crevices. Pair of pipefish blended into the bottom here and dwelling hermit crab peered out from the safety of their reef refuge. The reef here is a combination of pristine hard coral, which our guest likes it very much. 4th Dive @ Wakaya passage cleaning station for big fish at 75 feet we saw several barracudas and jacks also we saw tuna, bumphead, steephead parrot fish, giant moray, grey reef and white tip sharks and wing pipe fish Another awesome night dive at Jim’s we saw unicorn fish, black surgeon fish, banded sea snake, red anemone, scorpion fish and lots of nudibranch…. Wow….
Friday – Wakaya Island
Our final day dive day of the week at wakaya passage what a way to end the dive. We were greeted by a school of jacks and barracudas. Drifted towards the big boat barracudas kept coming in numbers surrounded us all the way to the pt. Several sharks and decorator dart fish, Giant clams, unicorn fish and abundance of other tropical fish through out the dive. 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 – Suva Port
0630hrs – continental breakfast was prepared for our guest prior to disembarking the vessel
The CREW 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
GOD BLESS ALL