The diving was fabulous and the hospitality at Daku Resort was superb. Diving couldn’t have been easier. Keni and Eileen made sure coffee and breakfast was available before I left. All I had to do was swan up at the last minute in my bathers and step onto the boat to be assigned my gear. The water was the deepest turquoise blue with visibility ranging from 50-100ft. Diving was relaxed and easy but safety and the protection of the reef were obvious priorities for the Cousteau team.
Whether the micro world of nudibranchs and miniature shrimps is your thing or you prefer the big critters- Hammerhead sharks and Manta rays- diving in Savusavu Bay has something for everyone. Selo, Dan, Ezra and the others know these reefs like the back of their hand. They can find the favourite resting places for the sharks, the sandy bottoms where the Sting rays hide out and only their eyes can be seen and the coral overhangs where turtles might swim past
The names of the dives sites are enticing- Alice in Wonderland, Mystery Reef, Grand Central Station. Towers of corals, pretty swim throughs and beautiful coral walls that drop away to infinity – this place has it all. Large schools of barracuda keep some distance while the Wrasses and Angel fish swim in and out of the soft corals and friendly Bat Fish keep a close watch on your activities- hovering around nearby.
If you are lucky enough to get a day out at Namena Marine Reserve, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience. In this underwater wilderness there are so many fish that it is a wonder you don’t actually bump into them in the water. There is an enormous array of Gorgonian fans, soft corals, Bubble corals and many more that I cannot name, in every colour imaginable. I wish I had eyes on stalks to take in all the action around me.
Back on top of the reef doing a safety stop, was a riot of colours. Anemones form homes for all the variety of clown fish and psychedelic Christmas tree worms pop in and out of their holes. I saw my favourite tropical fish several times- the Clown trigger Fish. Who thought up a fish with black and white spots on its belly and orange lips? I am sure all its friends laugh at it.
It may have been 10 years but I will not let that much time elapse again before I get back into SCUBA gear and go swimming with the fishes.
Margie Welsford, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.