Island Dancer II - Captains log – January 23rd / 30th
Water temp – 86
Recommended suit – 3mm
Weather – Easterly wind 5/10 knots of wind
Visibility – 80 feet
Chief Engineer – Vince
Dive Master – Mosese
Chef – Peni
Steward – Eddie
Cruise Director – Rees
Guest – Mark R, Linda, Eddie, Duane, Mark, Diana, Jeffrey, Drew, Chen and Chris
Sunday – Jims Alley, Nigali passage, Nigali passage, Nigali wall, Jims Alley
Monday – Manta rock, Wakaya wall, Rick’s rock, half pipe, Christine’s
Tuesday – North save a tack, Black forest, Coral haven, Kansas/D - Kansas
Wednesday – Schoolhouse, Mushroom, Mushroom II, North wall, mid patch
Thursday – North wall, Chimneys, Chimneys.
Friday – Christine’s, Wakaya passage, Wakaya wall.
Saturday – Suva port
Saturday – January 23rd
On behalf of the Island Dancer II crew, We would like to welcome our guest with a big BULA vinaka to Mark, Linda, Eddie, Duane, Mark W, Diana, Jeffrey, Drew, Chen and Chris. They all arrived little after 2pm in the afternoon at the same time 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 1430hrs we departed jetty for Gau Island where we commence our check out dive
Sunday – January 24th
We did our check out dive at Jim’s this morning the weather was really amazing 5/10 knots of wind. Our divers saw grey reef, white tip, barracudas, tuna, sweetlips, Spanish mackerel and some cool stuff. As our guest continued to explored Jim’s alley they were quite amazed with different types of critters they saw chromodoris, flatworm and lot of nudibranch. As our divers enjoyed their breakfast we started the main engine and headed to Shark passage for our 2nd dive. Grey reef shark and white tip were amongst the usual resident for this passage of cause the school of jacks and barracudas. We also fortunate to see Leroy the giant grouper and his co partner came in so close. After the entire good dive at Nigali passage we headed down to Jims for night dive, what a pleasant night dive lots of colors and reef fish
Monday – January 25th
We got up this morning the weather were really amazing Manta rock was our first choice this morning. Our divers were all eager to jump into the water as we stand on the dive platform we can clearly see the bottom with all the reef fish and colorful soft coral, our divers saw grey reef shark, white tip, barracudas, angel fish and lots of critters. After this dive we headed to Makogai Island for our 4th dive and night dive our divers were greeted by a hawksbill turtle he was very relaxing feeding on soft coral. What a spectacular dive, lots of banner fish, barracudas, jacks and of cause the grey reef sharks and white tip which cruising along the wall.
Tuesday – January 26th
Another pleasant day today at Namena Island the weather was just amazing and these dive we saw some very interesting critters like pigmy sea horse, ghost pipefish, oriental and diagonal sweetlips and lots of critters. After this dive we headed to black forest and coral haven the good thing about this site as our guest got to see little of everything like black coral, soft coral, sea fans and many nudibranchs also they saw grey reef sharks, white tip sharks, barracudas, school of unicorn fish and lots of green eyed trigger fish and not only that leaf scorpion fish, scorpion fish, oriental sweetlips, school of Surgeon fish, dog tooth tuna, Spanish mackerel and much more. 2nd dive at black forest lots of black coral and soft coral at 40feet above our guest spend most of their time there with all the beautiful colors and reef fish and most of our diver really like this dive site.
Wednesday – January 27th
Another interesting 1st dive at school house our divers saw lots of school of banner fish, school of barracudas, school of jacks and of cause the grey reef sharks and white tip. After this dive we heaved anchor and headed to Mushroom where we do our 2nd/3rd dive, what a spectacular dive at mushroom. It was an amazing site especially when we have a bunch of happy divers this trip Mushroom is always the best choice for afternoon dive. Our diver really loved this dive! Site. In the afternoon at north wall another great dive with lots of 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, ghost pipe fish and juvenile sweetlips.
Thursday – January 28th
Another great day of diving today 10/15knots of easterly wind we did 3 dives only today which we did the first two dives at Namena Island before we shoot across to Makogai Island for the 3rd dive, north wall and chimneys are always our top bet and worth a trip. 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 was a Fijian food cooked in the underneath oven…delicious. Roast pork, roast chicken, Palusami with coconut cream milk, marinated fish…yummy..
Friday – January 29th
Another beautiful day 5/10knots of wind with sunshine and we did 3 dives today at wakaya before we headed down to Port our divers saw basslets, flatworms, nudibranchs, regal angel fish, spotted porcupine – fish, longnose file fish and of cause the longfin banner fish as we headed back to Suva the crew started rinses all their dive gears and dried them before we arrives port
1730– the Island Dance II arrived in port
1900 – Dinner was served and congratulations to Mark, Linda, Eddie, Duane, Mark W, Diane, Jeff, Drew, Chen and Chris for becoming official Iron divers
Saturday January 30th – Lami jetty
0630hrs – continental breakfast was prepared for our guest 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
Rhys – Cruise Director