Monday, 30 May 2016

Divers swim with giants of the deep - Fiji Times Online

DIVERS with KoroSun Dive in Savusavu had the rare good fortune of encountering a whale shark earlier this week on a dive at the famous Dream House site.
The approximately 25 foot long whale shark swam lazily between divers for about 15 minutes.
KoroSun Dive owner and operator Colin Skipper said it was the first time in more than 40 years of diving to see a whale shark.
One of the divers, Amy Savage, said they were headed out of the blue when they spotted a spot in the sea start to turn white.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

8 of the Best Places to Dive in Fiji: Part 1

Jon M. Piepkorn, Clare Caroline Brown and Stuart Gow showcase the best places to dive in Fiji. We are bringing you this extraordinary feature in two parts over the week – starting with the Pacific nation’s first four top dive sites!

Fiji has some of the best diving in the world, so naming and choosing the eight best places to dive is nothing if not a challenge. In the following two-part feature, we split up the island country by region, and by experience level:


"During one dive, a diver can come face to face with up to eight different species of sharks (tiger, bull, lemon, blacktip, whitetip, grey reef, leopard and tawny nurse), and nearly 300 species of fish." © Heather Sutton

John M. Piepkorn - Born and raised in Minnesota, U.S.A., Jon is a PADI IDCSI who currently lives in Fiji.

John M. Piepkorn

 8 of the Best Places to Dive in Fiji: Part 1

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Paradise, Fiji Style - The Nomadic Tribes Travel Blog

Fiji Scuba Diving & Snorkeling  Paradise, Fiji Style


Paradise, Fiji style. Long hailed by scuba divers as being the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, Fiji offers tantalizing diving opportunities that will mesmerize even the most jaded dive traveler.  Straddling the International Date Line, Fiji is comprised of roughly 300 islands and atolls sprinkled across 200,000 square miles of the South Pacific Ocean.  Fiji’s rainbow reefs are renowned for their wonderfully pristine flowery soft corals, large branching fan corals, schooling pelagics, dazzling tropical fish, towering coral bommies, barrier reefs, precipitous drop-offs and offshore pinnacles.  A vast number of these incredibly exotic reefs still remain largely unexplored. When compared to other exotic dive destinations, another of Fiji’s great virtues is that it only takes 12 hours to get there from North America’s West Coast.

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The Fiji Siren is back operating and diving in Fiji - DiveNewswire

On the morning of February 20, Fiji encountered the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific nation’s recorded history.
Thanks to the bravery of the captain and crew on board and the following hard work of the Fiji Siren crew and the Siren family ground support, the Fiji Siren is now back in action. Cruises diving the Soft Coral Capital of the World started again on the 14th of April!
Since the cyclone, all the dive shops around Fiji have been checking the reefs in their area and everybody is happy to discover that most of the reefs haven’t been damaged or, if they have, then only suffering minor damage. The feedback from the first trip was kind of great too! Mantas on almost every dive, plenty of sharks, beautiful corals with plenty of macro life and schooling of fish!
• Midway: This area is almost unharmed and the underwater life keeps swimming around the sea fans and hard corals as if nothing has happened: nudibranch, lizard fish, starfish, spotted eagle ray and countless schooling pelagics’ such as blue fin trevally, jacks and barracuda are all still in attendance.
• Vatu I Ra Passage: This area has no damage and you wouldn’t know a massive storm had recently passed by! The soft corals are out en mass, as are the fish life with black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks, huge schools of giant trevally, jacks, unicorn fish and groupers all cruising around.
• Vatu Lacu: The healthy reefs and prolific fish life are everywhere! Lots of sharks, plenty of nudibranch, cheeky blennies, everyone’s favorite Nemo and of course our trademark anthea’s in schools way too big to count.
• Tavenui: Most of the area is just as before! The hard corals, soft corals, giant trevally, whitetip reef sharks, pipefish, nudibranchs, garden eels, schooling fusiliers, unicornfish, schools of fish are in full bloom in all colours of the rainbow!
• Beqa Lagoon: The entire Coral Coast between Nadi and Suva including Pacific Harbour were relatively unaffected by the cyclone. There was only minimal damage and the bull sharks are already missing you!!!!

The Fiji Siren offers affordable luxury liveaboards in Fiji all year round with a choice of 7 or 10 night itineraries, with 4 guided dives per day in small groups. All this surrounded by their professional, experienced and friendly crew.
The vessel features a/c cabins with en-suite facilities and plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy your time onboard, as well as, a dedicated camera set-up and charging station with plenty of additional storage for all your extra lenses, strobes and batteries. It is thoughtful touches such as these that make Siren Fleet the best choice for both professional and amateur photographers. The Fiji Siren offers free essential scuba equipment rental and free Nitrox.
Would you like to support this country of happy and welcoming people, then choose Fiji on board the Fiji Siren! 10% of the value of all Fiji bookings made in April and May 2016 will go to help the people in Fiji, through their campaign with Sea Save to rebuild homes and lives. Sea Save will redistribute the money directly to the people in need!
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The Fiji Siren is back operating and diving in Fiji