If you ask Salote when she decided to become a divemaster, she’ll tell you about when she was in grade school, around the age of nine, and would picnic every Saturday and go swimming with a mask looking for sharks. Her family’s from Vuna village and the people there tell a story of a chief who lost his daughter. The chief stood in the lagoon in front of Vuna and he became a shark and searched far and wide for his daughter. He eventually found her but he remained a shark, and today the people of Vuna say that his spirit protects them from the sea and that no shark will ever bite them. It was way back then that Salote fell in love with the ocean.
Today, Salote has followed in the footsteps of two of her uncles and become a divemaster, though she says she hopes to one day be a dive instructor. Her favorite dive spot is Jerry’s Jelly on Rainbow reef when there’s a strong current to bring out all the soft coral and its four blue ribbon eels. She says her favorite dive group to lead around were the divers from Jack’s Diving Locker in Hawaii and she looks forward to them coming back. And when she’s not diving she likes to play guitar and sing - a talent she put on display one night when she performed her favorite song ‘See Beneath Your Beautiful’ for a crowd of guests at Fiji Night. If you plan to come diving at Paradise be sure to request for her to play it as it’s well worth a listen.