Fiji Live-aboard Scuba Diving Adventure

May 19 - 25, 2024

Bligh Water, Vatu I Ra Passage, and Namena, Fiji

Description

The following dive sites we may visit during our 7D/6N cruise on the M/Y Oneironaut tour in Fiji:

  • Blight Water & Vatu-I Ra Passage
  • Namena Marine Reserve
  • Wakaya Island
  • Gau Island
A typical diving day is scheduled as follows:
  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1 
  • Full Breakfast followed by briefing & Dive 2 
  • Lunch followed by briefing & Dive 3 
  • Snack 
  • Briefing for Sunset or Night dive 
  • Dinner 
Whilst Fiji diving is typically fairly easy, we can, and regularly do, encounter medium to strong current, which helps bring out the fish and feed the soft coral. Many of our sites start in very shallow water and are either walls or pinnacles, allowing divers to enjoy easy drift diving or choose to spend time on the current side of the pinnacles with masses upon masses of fish life, or on the calmer side with many macro options. To learn more about the M/Y Oneironaut, click here.

Pricing

Owners Cabin

$690 per person or $1380  per day, $9,600 for the charter.

Captains Cabin
$1,160 per day - $8,120 for the charter.
Port Twin Cabin
Private - $980 per day or $6,860 for the charter.
Shared - $490 per day or $3,430 for the charter.
Starboard twin Cabin
Private - $980 per day or $6,860 for the charter.
Shared - $490 per day or $3,430 for the charter.

Payment

A deposit of 25% is required to reserve your space. A 25% payment is due May 1, 2023, and the balance is 90 days prior to travel. The initial deposit will be sent to the boat.  The rest of the payments are kept in USA bank and will be sent to boat 60 days prior to travel. This should give guests peace of mind their money is safe in the event of another pandemic.

Guests must have DAN and Travel Insurance.

About the Dive Sites

Bligh Waters & Vatu-I Ra Passage 

E6

Arguably one of Fiji’s most famous and best documented/most photographed sites,  starting from just 1 meter below the surface this large pinnacle drops to over 900 meters, providing a wealth of hard and soft corals along with a cathedral-like overhang adorned with gorgonian fans. Along the pinnacle, the wall is many crevices, swim-throughs, and tunnels. Countless anthias and damselfish and mollusks can be spotted. This is a massive pinnacle that would take at least 3-hours to swim around.

Mellow Yellow

Excellent soft coral-encrusted pinnacles with abundant marine life from tiny pipefish, nudibranch, and blue dragons, right through to larger pelagic fish patrolling out in the blue. Like many sites in Fiji, this pinnacle starts just a few feet from the surface and is covered in anemone, anemone fish, and countless anthias.

 Black Magic Mountain

Another excellent pinnacle starting just 3-meters (10’) from the surface with abundant soft corals and gorgonian fans, creating a rich and healthy environment for a wide range of fish. Whilst these healthy pinnacle walls drop down to around 30-meters (100’) it is not uncommon for divers to spend entire dives in water no deeper than 15-meters (50’) enjoying the soft coral capital of the world.

Mount Mutiny

Named after Captain Bligh and the famous mutiny on the Bounty this is another very large pinnacle starting near the surface and dropping off into the abyss.  Healthy soft coral walls can easily keep a diver busy for many hours. Rich fish life makes this isolated site home and it is not uncommon for the occasional hammerhead or pilot whale to cruise by, sometimes right behind an unsuspected diver admiring the healthy and marine lush walls.

Vatu Express

An exciting drift dive, able to be done on both sides, with a labyrinth of passages, crevices, and the opportunity for dives to see amazing soft corals, abundant small fish life, and larger action in the deeper water (remember to look out into the blue &  lookup).

Namena Marine Reserve 

Namena Marine Reserve is Fiji’s largest marine park and home to some of the best diving  Fiji has to offer. The dives we make will be based on the currents and conditions, but you can expect to see plenty of macro species including ribbon eels, garden eels, and fire gobies. We are also likely to see several species of sharks and it is a popular spot for our hammerheads, schools of yellowfin tuna, barracuda, and jacks are prevalent as well.
The Namena Marine Reserve can be divided into two halves:

North Save-A-Tack (NSAT)

Offers a diverse reef structure and a steep reef wall. We descend to 30 meters (100’) to watch for large pelagic life. Schools of big eye jacks congregate here as do hundreds of unicorns, surgeons, and red tooth triggerfish.
Enjoy time at Grand Central Station, Fiji Gold, School House, Yellow Brick Road, Oz,  Kansas, and The Arch – a delectable fish soup – with schools of barracuda, trevally, parrotfish, triggerfish, bannerfish, octopus, Napoleon wrasse, turtles and don’t be surprised if hammerhead sharks pop by to say, Bula!. Colorful damsel fish hover over the corals in clusters, whilst dog tooth tuna, Spanish mackerel, white tip, and grey reef sharks patrol the reef edge.

South Save-A-Tack (SSAT) 

Typically shallower than NSAT and known for its soft coral of every color imaginable.

Chimneys

There is a very good chance that you have seen photos of this site if you have ever read a dive magazine on Fiji. The site consists of 5 large coral pinnacles extending downwards from just 3 meters (10’) and covered with soft corals and crinoids.  Tuna, barracuda, white tip reef sharks, turtles, moray eels, lionfish, banded sea crates are all regular residents. The white flat sandy bottom is carpeted with millions of inquisitive garden eels and the pinnacles themselves are covered with soft coral in every color imaginable. Like at many sites here, divers could easily spend an entire dive in water no deeper than 12-meters (20’).

Wakaya Island 

Lion’s Den – we dive out into the blue to watch for patrolling hammerhead sharks and manta rays. White tips, grey reef sharks, schooling barracuda, batfish, and hawksbill turtles are also commonly seen.

Wakaya Passage

A wall dive with cool swim-throughs & overhangs covered with soft corals; another great spot to look out for manta rays and hammerhead sharks.

Wakaya Wall

This sloping coral wall develops into plateaus at 18-meters (60’) and 30- meters (100’) coral bommies, where leaf fish, dart gobies, and blue ribbon eels are hanging out.

Gau Island 

The Nigali Passage is a deep channel and with an in-coming current attracts schools of pelagic fish. Barracuda and trevally jacks are a common sight at the channel mouth whilst grey reef sharks form schools at just 18 meters (60’). Hang out in the channel for most of the dive and watch the action, and finish your dive in the shallow lagoon as the channel ends. Do not miss the huge groupers that cruise about.

Anthia’s Avenue

A group of small pinnacles where anything can happen right from the little guys, such as nudibranch and pipefish, right up to reef sharks and manta rays  (remember to look up).