Thursday, November 24

It's a tough job, but some one has to do it!

Diving in paradise has been somewhat quiet this week and divers have been loving the serenity of being the only ones on the dive.

Barracuda hole has definitely been a highlight dive. We dropped on the sight and it was literally beaming with life in all directions. As soon as we dropped we saw two white tips followed by a ridiculously big Spanish mackeral and schooling barracuda. A black ribbon eel, popcorn shrimp, nudibranch, giant moray and garden eels were some of the many macro life to be seen. 

I'm sure everybody has been to a dive site that they will never get sick of diving. That one you will never forget, the one where you saw your first and your biggest. Or the one that will always keep you amazed! The Great White Wall is doing just that. This week we had our best dive yet on the wall and it was amazing. With the new moon around the corner currents have been acting a bit strange but our timing was perfect and so was the dive. As we were the only dive center on the reef at the time and hardly any current, we could really take our time on the wall. The best part was not just being able to have a closer look at the soft corrals, but to be able to to swim back into the blue, back away from the wall to bring it all into sight and just stare and appreciate. As I mentioned in previous blogs, never ever have I ever seen any thing like this before. It really is spectacular!

Night dives done off the shore at paradise impressed us all as the creatures of the night came out to play. - ribbon eel, cleaner banded boxer shrimp, octopus displaying their colour change escape tactics, juvenile lionfish bouncing around, massive puffer not phased by us what so ever, scorpion fish stalking his pray and loads of shrimps crawling from their hide outs. Towards the end of the dive we had a lights out and enjoyed the view of the luminescence surround us.   

CJ has been needing his pizza fix so we headed down to a local restaurant and enjoyed a few Fiji Bitters, pizzas oozing with cheese and good company whilst taking in the beautiful sight of Taveuni's coastline and watching some local kids surfing the small reef brake right in front of the restaurant. During downtime a deep tissue massage at the spa was just what was needed after a tough weeks work.
 Its a tough life... 

Wednesday, November 16

The Underwater Realm

After two weeks of diving and snorkelling in Taveuni and we still cant get enough. Divers have been really impressed by the divesite ‘the stairs’. Its main attractions are the two swim throughs. The first starts at 24m and as you enter you are mesmerized by the beautiful white soft coral surrounding you, similar to that found on the famous great white wall.

On our last dive there we had a grey reef shark waiting for us at the exit of the shallow swim through and a few decent sized white tips were doing their rounds. Fish factory has definitely been living up to its name by giving us the opportunity to see loads of white tips, turtles, giant moray eels and tuna. Jerrys Jelly was busy as always with antheas surrounding us in great numbers and shooting off into all directions as the trevellie hunt them down. We were greeted by a napoleon wrasse and a sandy patch with loads of garden eels bobbing about.

Our snorkelers have also been in for a treat. Snorkelling on rainbow reef was amazing, we had 2 white tips coming in for a closer look, so close we could almost touch them, black tip, moray eels, oriental sweetlip as well as turtles and we still had some time in between to explore the picturesque waitatavi beach. Vuna reef snorkelling was just as good- dolphins putting on a show for guests, a huge napoleon wrasse, giant moray swimming under us as well as some barracuda in open water. It’s a real hard life for us here at paradise Taveuni. 

Tuesday, November 8

New faces @ Paradise!!

Welcome to our 1st blog as the new Dive Instructors at Paradise and Taveuni Dive.  Our names are Kim and CJ. We are from South Africa and have travelled extensively before arriving here in Fiji.

Our 1st week has been mind blowing! We have never experience an underwater realm like we have here in Taveuni. The amounts of life and the healthiest reefs are only but two things to top the diving lists.  Visibility has only been the clearest of blues! Conditions are easy comfortable diving with some currents around for those interested in a drift dive.  After a week of diving we haven’t even seen half of the reefs to offer here but we have been fortunate enough to go and have a peek at the one and only Great White Wall. Never ever have we ever seen anything like this before. In our travels we have been to places where we have dived untouched reefs with beautiful collections of hard and soft corrals and yet none of these compare to the White wall of Rainbow Reef!

Rainbow Reef is a rather long stretch of reef with many dive sites and the White wall is only one of them.  On our next update we will be able to tell you more about our experiences in the blues of Rainbow Reef.

Of course Rainbow Reef is not the only reef we visit. On the south end of Taveuni not even 10mins from the resort we have a reef known as Vuna Reef named after the local village at the waters edge of Vuna.  The great thing about Vuna Reef is not just the fact that we are the only dive operator diving here but that it is just as great as diving at Rainbow Reef. We have experienced some of the walls that Vuna has to offer like Fish Factory and Orgasm. It has been just that, an orgasm at what you can call a fish factory! Countless amounts of species, corals hard and soft, fish, sharks like White tip Reef sharks and the staunch Grey Reef coming past to have a look at the new faces visiting their reefs.  Doing safety stops after a deep dive are usually done in the open blue, well that’s what we were use to. Not here! Your safety stop is done with the most amazing corrals right next to you as the reef comes right up to a couple of inches from the surface.  When the sun is out and all you can see is life, life, and more life with the flickering of the sun beams chasing the reef fish in and between the many different plate corrals the size of your king size bed! It is something you will have to experience for yourself!

We leave you with a few of CJ's photos from our first week of living in our new home, Paradise.