Growing up my parents always told me ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. This is a saying that can be applied to many things, and I definitely think that it can be used for some of our Fiji Bligh Water dive sites.
Alex and Amy off Mellow Yellow pinnacle
I haven’t been able to enjoy our scuba diving for a few weeks due to travels across the world and an unfortunate sinus issue, but today was the day when I could jump back into the warm Fiji waters. The boat was light, with just lovely honeymooners Alex and Amy, and our newest diver, Shara. Weather on our side, we headed out towards the Vatu-I-Ra passage. While a light wind gave us a bit of a chop heading out, once we arrived we were greeted by perfect currents and gorgeous visibility.
Our first dive of the day was my favourite, Black Magic Mountain, and why not? Everyone loves this site, and its always one we get requests to repeat. The pinnacle was in full show, with all of the purple and pink soft corals blooming while colourful reef fish darted around. Slowly descending towards the deeper waters, the ridge extending our from the pinnacle was alive with shark activity. We were constantly being circled by a very inquisitive white tip reef shark, while the resident grey reefs patrolled back and forth. This was something I was super excited about as I was yet to get my name into the record book for this month’s Great Fiji Shark Count. Woohoo!
Kini swimming over Mellow Yellow small Bommie
All smiles and laughter was on the boat as we enjoyed our surface interval, moving so slowly from one site to the next that Shara didn’t even notice. As talk turned to pumpkin pie and homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner, Divemaster Kini politely interrupted us to brief for the second dive. We were at the also ever popular Mellow Yellow. If it is possible, Mellow Yellow had even more blooming soft corals and fish life than Black Magic, and everyone was shooting so many pictures that strobe batteries started to get low on power. We were also lucky enough to have a beautiful Hawksbill turtle allow us to observe him while he munched away on a gorgonian fan.
As we packed up and started back towards Wananavu I couldn’t help thinking that this day had been pretty perfect. Even if I have dived those sites numerous times, I never get bored of them. Guests always request them and it’s easy to see why. I don’t think I will ever get tired of these old time favourites!
Black Magic Mountain and plethora of purple soft corals