Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Fiji: Vatulele, Turtle Mountain

This was a problem dive for me. This is the one where the weight belts got switched, so I needed to add more weight and Jack had too much. As we discovered after the dive. :-) Also I had a very long series of sneezing. Over and over. It was maddening!

Anyway, this was also the dive where I spotted a stonefish. One of the ones that is really well blended and hard to spot. All proud of myself I gathered everyone over to show them. The guide saw it and moved near it to get it to move. And about 18" to the left, another one moved, that none of us had seen at all! It was wonderful and hilarious. :-)

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Fiji: Vatulele, Poseiden & Lava Tube

This dive was all about the lava tube. There were squirrelfish upside down, and some little lung fish with sea horse heads. Whatever. I hate swim-throughs. Now I know!

Monday, July 8, 2002

Fiji: Vatulele, Bird Island Wall

What a dive! First we saw a spotted eagle ray! Then I spotted a lionfish hiding. The guide didn't like the one I spotted, although he spent a lot of time with the one he spotted. :-) Lots of garden eels, a school of barracuda, and then a school of unicorn fish!

Thursday, July 4, 2002

Fiji: Taveuni, Little White Wall

True to its name, we saw lots of white soft coral. Beautiful! Also got a great close-up of an anemone with its clownfish.

Fiji: Taveuni, The Cove

We saw a black and white sea snake swimming right by us! 3 lionfish, some fish that was black with white polka dots, 2 beautiful nudibranches.

Monday, July 1, 2002

Fiji: Taveuni: Blue Ribbon

More soft coral. Some purple trees, some black with white trim. Garden eels! Those were cool. Several emporer angelfish. Then a white-tip reef shark!

Fiji: Taveuni, Yellow Hole

Beautiful yellow soft coral. Pipefish. This was my anxiety attack dive.