The South Pacific Fijian waters – known as the soft coral capital of the world – makes for an unforgettable respite from the daily grind.
Fiji is an exotic holiday destination in the heart of the South Pacific with more than 300 islands. The major islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is where most of its population resides. Fiji is famous for shark feeding and soft coral diving, white sandy beaches and a pristine natural environment, with something for everyone.
Only four hours from Sydney to Nadi airport, I arrived without jet-lag and headed for the water straight on arrival. I took two weeks to discover some of the many dive sites in Fiji and for good measure, included a liveaboard to the mix.
I arrived a couple of days early just to get myself ready for the liveaboard, and to make sure all my diving gear and camera equipment arrives unscathed. It is important for me as I had encountered problems before when my luggage didn’t arrive on the same flight.
The 40m luxury Fiji Siren liveaboard departs Volivoli Beach resort located in the northernmost tip of Viti Levu, about 2.5 hours from Nadi airport. The Resort has comfortable, clean rooms all with ocean views, and its own dive operator. It is a great starting-point for dive gear and camera equipment checks as well as to reccce Fiji diving conditions.
From the resort I could see the Fiji Siren anchored and waiting for me to go and explore diving with her. The Fiji Siren is a 40 meter luxury liveaboard with a maximum of 16 divers on each trip. The 8 large air-conditioned cabins are luxurious twin or double rooms with ensuite bathroom and hot water. The Fiji Siren has designated indoor and outdoor workstations with charging points and large storage drawers, easy and convenient for every diver with a camera. There is a large dive deck with 12L tanks and nitrox.
My 10-day journey began with “Bula” (or “welcome” in Fijian) and the crew played guitar and sang their hearts out to welcome guests. The crew director Rani had a good sense of humour which kept everyone engaged and entertained on the trip.