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Log Date: Sunday, Sep 18, 2016
Entry By: Fiji Aggressor crew

 



Captain’s log – 18th 24th September 2016

 

Water temp – 82

Recommended suit – 3mm

Weather – Easterly wind 10/15 knots of wind

Visibility – 100ft

 

CREW

Captain Joji

Chief Engineer – Vince

Dive Master –Richie

Chef – Peni

Steward –Eddie

Deck hand - Charlie

Cruise director - Rhys

 

Guest – Susan, Chuck, Charlie, Kesli, Richard, Sylvia, Wolfang

 

DIVE SITES

Sunday – Manta rock, Manta wall, Wakaya pass, Manta rock

Monday – Lions den, Wakaya wall, Daveta ni kavu, Manta ridge

Tuesday – E6, E6, HI 8, HI 8,

Wednesday – Jims, Nigali outside wall, Shark passage

Thursday – Seven sisters, Denali wall, Denali wall, Rhys rock

Friday – Rainbow reef, Murray’s point

Saturday – Suva port

 

Saturday 

On behalf of the Fiji aggressor crew, we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA to Susan, Chuck, Charlie, Kesli, Richard, Sylvia, and Wolfang

They all arrived little after 1100am, at the same time the crew assisted each guest to their designated cabin. While they settle with their cabin our chef Peni prepared a lunch while we started our official crew introduction and safety briefing. At 1330hrs we departed jetty for Wakaya Island where we commence our check out dive

 

Sunday 18th September 2016

Great morning with light breeze the water was flat, visibility was easily around at 80ft. Check out dive at Manta rock 5/10 knots of wind. It’s been a pleasure to dive again with Richard and kesli this morning our return guest from 2014. This morning our divers saw sweetlips and some cool little critters chromodoris nudibranch, flatworm, banded spiny lobster, school of yellow fin goatfish, grey reef shark. 2nd dive not a bad one our divers saw school of barracudas, school of jacks, moray eel, turtle, and many reef fish. The spectacular about this dive the coral life here is so healthy and lots of fish life. 3rd dive at Wakaya passage as we swim along the wall our guest were really amazed to see the yellow soft coral that covered the entire wall and not only that, butter fly fish, Moorish idol, grey reef and white tip shark were amongst the permanent resident of that passage.

Night dive at manta rock stonefish, banded sea snake, turtle, porcupine fish with lots of nudibranchs…great dive

 

Monday – 19th September 2016

While we waiting for the bad weather to settle we spend another day at wakaya

Our fist dive we’ve seeing several oriental and the diagonal sweetlips as permanent resident for this wall, several pregnant pipe fish, soft coral and black coral as well. This dive site was filled of micro life many shrimps, blenny’s and cardinal fish that scattered all over the place. 2nd dive at lions den again one of our divers Charlie saw a juvenile slender filefish hiding in the gorgonians from 49ft they use the gorgonians to help camouflage them from hungry predators like lionfish and scorpion fish. After all the good dives we headed down to wakaya passage for our 3rd dive lots of reef fish with colorful soft coral, our divers saw grey reef shark, white tip, barracudas, and lots of critters. Night dive at manta rock many moray eels and even a leaf fish

 

Tuesday – 20th September 2016

Another fantastic day today at E6 we did two dives here, weather was great this morning we saw banded pipefish, oriental and diagonal sweetlips and lots of critters, grey reef, white tip, eagle ray, leather back turtle pauses over the reef to have its back cleaned of algae by gold ring surgeon fish. After this dive we headed to HI 8 for our 3/4th dive soft coral and fish life here is just spectacular as soon as we get into the water we were greeted by several grey reef and white tip sharks, Spanish mackerel, Tuna, barracudas and school of jacks and not only that as we swim towards the big boat a huge hammerhead swam towards us a couple time before disappearing into the deep…wow

 

Wednesday – 21 September - 2016

To start of the day we made our first dive at Jims. A group of pinnacles where the current was mild enough for everyone to swim around it. During the dive we came across various types of morays, groupers, jacks, lionfish, and many other reef fish, grey reef shark, white tip, anemone, anthias and lots of damsel fish down on the bottom they saw lots of garden eels, decorator dart fish, fish and juvenile sweetlips at 15ft red anemone as a permanent resident for jims.

We heave anchor after this dive and headed to Nigali passage for our 2nd/3rd dive

As we slowly descended, we were greeted by almost 25 grey reef sharks, school of barracudas and jacks. The sharks were coming from everywhere during our feeding, behind that school of jacks, barracudas and several tunas

After the dive we started the main engine and headed to Somosomo village for a village visit our guest were so exited about the visit while we at the village the village elders started to introduce them the traditional ways of drinking kava and later entertained our guest with a Fijian dancing (meke) meal tonight was a Fijian food cooked in the underneath oven…delicious. Roast pork, roast chicken, Palusami with coconut cream milk, marinated fish…yummy…. After all the good dives we did today we headed down to Kadavu, to dive on the famous great astrolabe reef

 
Thursday – 22nd September 2016

Bright morning greeted us with sunshine as we proceeded to make our first dive at 7 sisters, a beautiful reef with a significant hard coral growth. Nurse shark, leopard sharks were discovered throughout the duration of the dive. After that dive, as everyone enjoying the breakfast the Fiji Aggressor heaved anchor and headed to Denali wall for our 2nd and 3rd dive the current was flowing into the bay with considerable strength, which is good for us skiff drop and drift towards the big boat we did 2 dives at Denali wall. The reef were has many blocks which covered both soft coral and hard coral with many sea fans. Endless varieties of reef fish like, snappers, damsels, sweetlips, school of fusilier fish are all over the place. After the dive the weather started to change and getting a little rough for our guest, so we had to moved the boat somewhere safe for our guest for them to enjoyed their night dive. During our night dive our guest spotted some interesting critters even though the visibility wasn’t great…. But the diving were absolutely amazing

 
Friday – 23rd September 2016

First dive at Rainbow reef one of the famous wall at great astrolabe reef with abundance of fish life, grey reef, white tip sharks, hammerhead and sting rays, leopard shark were resting on the sand, barracuda always gather on the current side of the wall, but this time they came in with three separate groups, yellow tail were the closest to us.  2nd dive at Murray’s point what a way to end the dive trip that is the word from our guest. They saw eagle ray, White tip, grey reef sharks, yellow margin moray, White mouth moray, school of peanut butterfly fish, barracudas, Spanish mackerel, tuna, basslets, flatworms, nudibranch, regal angel fish, spotted porcupine – fish, longnose file fish and of cause the longfin banner fish as our divers were about to end their dive, what surprise them is a lone visitor and right underneath the stern platform Tiger Shark were right below Richard, Kesli, Chuck, Charlie, Susan, Sylvia were all eyes on him as he cruising to say goodbye before disappearing into the deep

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

1545hrs – the Fiji Aggressor arrived in port

1830 hrs. – Cocktail was served

1900 – Were all out in town for their dinner

 

Saturday –24th September – Lami jetty

0530 – continental breakfast was prepared for our guest prior to disembarking the vessel. The watermen of the Fiji aggressor 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 – Richie

Cook – Peni sovakalia

Steward – Eddie

Deck hand - Charlie

Cruise director - Rhys