Log Date: 30 Apr – 06 May 2016
Entry By: Fiji Aggressor Captain and Crew
Air Temp: 82
Water Temp: 80F
Visibility : 60 – 100 ft
Dive Master / Crew: Eddie
Deck - Jona
Shiori, Eva, Kurt, Janet
Sunday – Kadavu, Namara Isl, Alacrity, Bomshell, Vunisea
Monday / Tuesday – Daydream, M&M, Fantasea, Vunisea beacon
Wednesday – Labrynth, Alacrity, Dravuni pass, Solo Lighthouse
Thursday / Friday – Solo Lighthouse
Saturday 30th Apr
We departed for the island of Kadavu at 1430 hrs and headed South of Suva for four and half hours. Weather was ok with a few pot holes here and there. We dropped anchor at 1900 hrs and had a peaceful dinner and a well deserved nights rest in a calm anchorage.
Sunday 1st May
We did our checkout dive at Namara Isl at 0730 hrs and got everyone’s weights and buoyancy sorted. The weather is forecasted to pick up to 25 – 30 knots with rain so we have to head South quickly for some sheltered diving at Vunisea. After the checkout dive we headed South to Alacrity which had all it’s colors out on display. Everyone wanted to stay for another dive but we had to move and try beat the weather. I promised the guest we would stop by on the way back when the weather cleared. We moved further down to Bombshell and later Vunisea which was a relief because by then the weather had started to pick up when we were at Bombshell.
Monday 2nd May
We upped the anchor at 0600 hrs and moved the boat to the outer reef called Daydream, M&M, Mellow Yellow, Pitton where we plan to spend two days here and this is where we get everything in one spot. Swim throughs, soft corals, fans and tons of fish life. Unfortunatly the weather picked up in the afternoon and we had to head back in to our protected anchorage we did the fourth and night dive at the beacon inside the bay which was quiet nice apart from the visibility not being so great. Lots of Nudibranchs, soft corals, turtle and no current and calm.
Tuesday 3rd May
We hove anchor at 0630 hrs and poked our nose out into the open to see if it was still blowing. Fortunately the winds had died down a bit and we managed to do Fantasea and the outer wall of Daydreams which was nice with all the fans and soft coral out.
After the 3rd dive we headed off to shore for a village visit to a village called Drue where they performed Meke’s (traditional Fijian dances) and everyone drank Kava after which we sat down to a scrumptious meal cooked Fijian style in a lovo (underground earth oven)
Wednesday 4th May
The winds had died right down by now so we revved up the twin cats at 0600 hrs and moved to the outer Roopers reef and dived Labrynth with all their hard coral gardens and fish and bright colors. We later moved to Dravuni wall pass with swim throughs and white tip sharks and leopard sharks lazing on the white sandy bottom. A turtle was munching on sponges and didn’t mind us at all while he enjoyed his meal. The current had picked up a bit but we were going with the current and got zipped along the wall at a brisk pace. We later moved to Solo Light House where we did the wall and swim throughs. The Visibility was 100% better and apart from the normal healthy reef culture an eagle ray did a fly by and disappeared into the depths
Thursday 5th May
We spent the night at Solo Light House where we did all our dives for the day in beautiful swim throughs filled with yellow fans and miles of hard coral and the diverse fish life from anthias to eagle rays and a lone great hammerhead which Shiori managed to get a picture of to prove it. We spent another night anchored at the light house where we did a night dive and saw the usual night creatures in the sand
Friday 6th May
We did one last dive back at the at the NE Solo Light where the light was just right from the rising sun and shining right into the dive site. Visibility was the best and the reflection from the white sandy bottom made the colors even brighter. We later headed back to port where we had cocktails, and presented iron diver medals and certificates after which everyone enjoyed wines and beers and retired for the night
Saturday 7th May
The guests said their farewells and headed off while we got the Fiji Aggressor ready for another great week of diving.
Fiji Aggressor Captain and Crew
Capt. Johnathan Smith