Island Dancer II
Captains log – 21st February
Water temp – 84/86
Recommended suit – 3mm
Weather – Easterly wind 10/15 knots of wind
Visibility – 80ft
Chief Engineer – Vince
Dive Master – Mosese
Chef – Peni
Steward – Eddie
GUEST – Randy, Mark, Charles, Linda, Debby, Gail, Mike, Tina.
Sunday – Anthias, Nigali, Nigali passage
Monday – Manta rock, half pipe, Ricks rock, chistines place
Tuesday – Kansas, North wall, Black forest, Coral haven
Wednesday – North wall, north passage, mushroom, south passage
Thursday – Chimneys, schoolhouse, Dominoes
Friday – Nigali, Nigali passage
Saturday – Suva port
Saturday – 21st February
On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew we would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA! They all arrived at 1200 noon the crew assisted each guest to their designated cabin, while they settle in with their cabin our chef Peni prepared a nice hot lunch while we started our official crew introduction and safety briefing. At 1600hrs we departed jetty for Gau Island where we commence our check out dive!
Sunday – 22nd February
We had a great day of diving today at Nigali passage, the weather was amazing and a group of happy guest enjoyed their dive at jims, not a bad start! Our guest saw many critters and of course the grey and white tip shark, but on the shallow, red anemone and colorful soft coral. After this dive we headed to Nigali passage for a shark dive! During this dive there were lots of grey reef and white tip, there were also many barracudas and jacks on the channel and on the rubble sandy area there were many flabalina nudibranch and garden eels!
Monday – 23rd February
Another spectacular dive again today at manta rock! Our guest saw lots of reef fish like the clown trigger fish, black spotted sweetlips, midnight snapper, regal angel fish, long fin banner fish, red and black anemone fish and thousands of square spot anthias fish. Also one of the main attractions for black forest is the growth of the black coral and sea fans. It was quite amazing along with soft coral and some of the sea fans here are twice as big as the dinner table! Also, down at the sandy area, our guests saw many colorful nudibranchs, decorator dart fish, juvenile clown triggerfish and much more. After this dive we headed to Makogai Island for our 3/4th dive. Another great dive! Our divers saw scorpion leaf fish, moray eel and lots of critters and once again the outstanding incredible soft coral that have since established themselves on the shattered hard coral which is a great treat for our guest.
Tuesday – 24th February
Kansas is one of the best sites in the world and know doubt about that, with different types of colorful, soft coral and the reef fish was everywhere. Some of our guest suggested that they could spend the whole day diving at Kansas. While the current still coming in from north we decided to do a wall dive, which turns out to be a great dive! Our guests saw school of jacks, school of barracudas, and lots of sweetlips. We headed to black forest for our 3rd dive. on the top is so pretty covered with anthias fish and different types of reef fish. Unbelievable!!! 4th dive at coral haven little windy 10/15knts, NW wind. On this dive our divers saw many school of fish, like school of banner fish, school of jacks, barracuda’s, banded sea snake, Moray eel, Oriental sweetlips and much more!!!!! As we drifted towards the big boat we our guest were really amazed with the health of the reef…what a great dive!
Wednesday – 25th February
Little bit of current this morning but diving still great with soft coral and anthias everywhere. The amazing thing is the yellow soft coral was totally unbelievable. At 80ft yellow, purple, orange, red, cream yellow or any other color of reef fish that you want to see, Kansas wall is the place. At Kansas our divers saw school of jacks, white tip sharks, Barracudas, oriental sweetlips, black spotted sweetlips, and cleaner wrasse and of course the pigmy seahorse. 4th dive at south save a tack another great dive. We used the little boat this time to drop us off and our divers enjoyed this dive as they drift towards the big boat. The wall at south is one of the best drift dives with different types of colors you will see and that grey reef, white tip and lots of reef fish that feed along the wall.
Thursday – 26th February
We did 2 dives at namena this morning, which our guest really enjoyed. Chimneys is rated by most of our guests as one of the best sites in the world and know doubt about that with different types of colorful soft coral and the reef fish were everywhere and some of our guest suggested that they can spend the whole day diving at chimneys! on the top is so pretty covered with anthias fish and different types of reef fish. Unbelievable!!! We headed to Schoolhouse for our 2nd dive. A little windy at 10/15knts with NW wind. Little current at schoolhouse but the diving is great. This dive, our divers saw many school of fish like school of banner fish, school of jacks, barracuda’s, banded sea snake, Moray eel, Oriental sweetlips and much more. As our guest enjoyed their lunch we slowly steaming down to Makogai Island for a village visit. At Somosomo village. Our guests were so excited about the visit! The village people showed them the traditional ways of drinking kava and later entertained our guests with a Fijian dancing (meke) and Fijian food cooked in the underneath oven…delicious. Roast pork, roast chicken, Palusami with coconut cream milk, marinated fish…yummy..
Friday – 27th February
Another beautiful day 5/10knots of wind with sunshine! We did our 1st dive at Jims this morning, which also end up being another great dive. Some of our divers enjoyed taking pictures of a red anemone at 15ft and lots of reef fish on the top, along the wall thousands of red basslets, flatworms, nudibranchs, regal angel fish, spotted porcupine – fish, long nose file fish and of course the long fin banner fish. As we headed back to Suva the crew started rinsing all their dive gear and dried them before we arrived at port.
1530 – the Island Dancer II arrived in port
1830 – Cocktail on the boat before our guest head out to town for their dinner
Congratulations to everyone on this trip for becoming official Iron Divers!
Saturday – 28th February
0630hrs – continental breakfast was prepared for our guests 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