Fiji dream holiday – part 1

We just got back from Fiji. What a holiday! The BEST, most chilled dive holiday you could imagine. We stayed at Nakia Resort and Dive. What a place, everything was perfect, not a single ‘but’ about it.  The resort was fantastic, it’s ideal for non-divers as well, you can do as much or as little as you like, and you get well looked after.

This is what we did……..

We had never been to Fiji and knew very little about what was on offer. So with our holiday criteria in mind we searched the internet. We chose Nakia because of the excellent travel and diving reviews, we also noted that they would arrange marriage ceremonies, if requested. So all criteria met, we made our booking.

Robyn met us at the small airport on arrival and we immediately fell into an easy banter. On the way to the resort she told us about the arrangements they had made for us and we quickly became aware that everything we had requested, and more, was arranged and taken care of, all we had to do was enjoy ourselves. AND WE SURE DID.

This was our itinerary:

Day 1.  Arrive Nakia Resort, Breakfast, two boat dives on the Ribbon Reef, lunch, sleep, dinner, sleep.

Our first dive on the Ribbon Reef and it didn’t disappoint.  It’s been a while since we’ve been able to take photos in clear warm water.  We just loved it.

Whip Coral Shrimp (Pontonides uncigar) on whip coral, Rainbow Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. April 2013

Whip Coral Shrimp (Pontonides uncigar) on whip coral, Rainbow Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. April 2013

Hermit Crabs, there are tonnes of these little creatures and I just love photographing them. Ribbon Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji, April 2013

Hermit Crabs, there are tonnes of these little creatures and I just love photographing them. Ribbon Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji, April 2013

Soft Coral, Ribbon Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji.  The Ribbon Reef is well known for it's beautiful soft corals. April 2013

Soft Coral, Rainbow Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. The Ribbon Reef is well known for its beautiful soft corals. April 2013

Day 2. Breakfast, two boat dives, lunch, sleep, dinner, sleep.

The current was much stronger this day so we were given reef hooks to anchor ourselves to take photos, as well as do our safety stops on the reef.  After a quick lesson on how to use them we were ready to go.   These were great dives, it was a lot of fun learning how best to use the reef hooks. While we were hooked onto the reef doing our safety stop we had a large barracuda hanging around in front of us.  This was first close encounter with a barracuda.

Getting close, I cannot identify this one due to the angle, but it makes a nice photo. Ribbon Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. April 2013

Fosters Hawk Fish, Rainbow Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. April 2013.  Hawk fish make great photos, if you take your time you can get nice and close.

Male Anthia fish, Rainbow Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. April 2013.
Anthias are hermaphroditic.  When a dominant male dies, the largest female of the group will often develop into a male to take his place.  Males are purple in colour and have a long whip like fin at the front of the dorsal fin, while females are smaller and orange in colour.

Coral reef, Rainbow Reef, Somosomo Strait, Fiji. April 2013. Clear water and sunny days, no strobe required to get nice wide-angle shots.

Day 3. Breakfast, drive to town to book wedding ceremony and do all the other official stuff, lunch, sleep, night (muck) dive under local wharf, dinner, sleep.

We loved this dive.  We had rested most of the day and were looking forward to some activity.  We arrived at the wharf just before sundown and the water was unbelievably clear and full of bait fish.  There were young boys everywhere on the wharf trying their luck  at catch these small bait fish with hand lines and a hook before it got dark.  We got in the water just before sundown and watched the darkness surround us under the water.  It was particularly dark under the wharf, but the beam of our touches was all we needed for scouring the bottom looking for interesting creatures.

Leather Jacket, Korean Wharf, Taviuni Island, Fiji. April 2013

Sleeping Leather Jacket in soft coral, Korean Wharf, Taveuni Island, Fiji. April 2013.  This is my favourite photo from our trip, I think the colours are stunning.  Notice how the fish has attached itself to the coral with its mouth.

Tiny crab

Tiny crab, Korean Wharf, Taveuni Island, Fiji. April 2013. This fellow has fine hairs on its front claws and was holding them up to filter nutrients out of the water and then running his legs, one at a time, across his mouth.

Anemone hermit crab, These crabs collect sea anemones to place on its shell for defence.Dardanus pedunculatus, the anemone hermit crab, is a species of hermit crab from the Indo-Pacific region. It lives at depths of up to 27 m and collects sea anemones to place on its shell for defence.

Anemone hermit crab, Korean Wharf, Taveuni Island, Fiji.  April 2013.  These crabs collect sea anemones to place them on their shells for defence.  These guys are one of the funniest looking creatures, we couldn’t stop giggling as we watched is scurrying along the bottom, with it anemones flapping like a skirt.

Enough. I think this blog is big enough.  I will continue telling you about this trip in a later blog.   There is too much to tell in just one blog and we have so many photos that we want to share.

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One Response to Fiji dream holiday – part 1

  1. Sam Schimming says:

    Hi aunty Linda hey Phil I love this blog you guys are so lucky I’ve always wanted to go diving your
    photos are just so amazing love you Sam

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