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S/Y Fiji Siren-Beyond the Bligh

Fr $2595 Euro 7 Nights

Beyond the Bligh, Fiji

Year Round 7 & 10 nights, from 2595 Euro
Siren Fleet diving liveaboards offer you the option to explore Fiji to its fullest. The dive sites in this region vary from steep walls to sandy slopes with coral gardens where you can easily see manta and eagle rays as well as schools of unicorn fish & tuna. Colourful butterfly fish species graze over the reef and huge potato grouper are also to be found here. Smaller creatures such as blue ribbon eels, hawk fish and leaf fish give macro lovers something to watch out for too. But the real draw for the region is the sheer variety of sharks and rays that will be seen – white tips, black tips, silver tips and grey reef mix in with hammerheads, whilst whale sharks and tiger sharks may be spotted occasionally. This is one elasmobrach soup you’ll be pleased to see!

Accommodation

The 40 metre S/Y Fiji Siren Luxury Liveaboard is the newest member of our liveaboard fleet, first launched in September 2013. She has the same specifications as her sister yachts, the S/Y Indo Siren and the S/Y Palau Siren. The cabins offer comfort and flexibility and can be used as twin or double bedded rooms. The outdoor dining area is very comfortable and provides a fabulous setting for all your meals. The dive deck is perhaps the most spacious and convenient you would have experienced. Designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment can be found inside the main lounge – the S/Y Fiji Siren truly sets out to be the pros choice for underwater photography and videography.

Like other Siren Fleet yachts, the S/Y Fiji Siren was built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi and is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” handcrafted from ironwood and teak. You will find no other dive liveaboard as beautiful in Fijian waters. Built by divers for divers you can rest assured that every need has been thought of and has been implemented within our expanding fleet.

Aboard the S/Y Fiji Siren we welcome up to a maximum of 16 divers on each trip. This ensures abundant space for all guests.

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Fiji Schedule, Rates and Availability

Features

Features of the S/Y Fiji Siren Liveaboard include:
◾8 large air-conditioned cabins each with their own personal audio-visual entertainment system and ensuite bathrooms with hot water through adjustable electric heaters. Overbed reading lights and individual controls for your air-conditioning unit are provided for your convenience, as well as several cupboards for clothing and personal items, an in-cupboard safety box and a hairdryer. Each guest is provided with 1 bath & 1 hand towel and a cotton bathrobe for use in the cabin
◾Expansive shaded diving deck area, with individual stations and personal storage drawers. Guests are provided with a 12l aluminim tank, weights & belt. Basic Aqua Lung scuba equipment rental (BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, mask & fins) and SMB (safety sausage) are provided FREE of charge. Sizing requests can be submitted via the online application form when confirming your booking. For your convenience each guest is provided with a numbered deck towel and more towels are available upon request
◾Air-conditioned lounge with cocktail bar, sofas, 42 inch flatscreen & movie network and library of books & games
◾Covered outdoor dining and refreshment area. All meals are served buffet style and guest may help themselves throughout the day to all soft drinks & snacks that are available
◾Enriched Air Nitrox is FREE for all certified Nirox divers. If you are not a certified Nitrox diver all our instructors can certainly teach you the Enriched Air Diver Specialty during your liveaboard trip
◾Poseidon MKVI Recreational Rebreather units for courses and rental
◾Upper level sun-deck with 8 cushioned loungers (un-shaded)
◾2 high-powered Ridged-Hulled Inflatable Boats accompany the S/Y Fiji Siren
◾Laundry Service – our housekeeper will launder your clothes and return to you the same day (0.50 euro per item)
◾Massage Service – available for 3 hours daily* for 25 Euro/ hour
◾Yacht Boutique, which includes a range of Siren Fleet clothing, reef hooks and nudi-pointers
◾Kayaks, for guest use FREE of charge
* Excepting arrival and departure days
Specialised features for Underwater Photographers & Videographers include:
◾Indoor & outdoor workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras and equipment
◾Large storage drawers for your peripheral items
◾Numerous charging points, adapters available (sockets are 2-pin European style at 220v or 110v

Activities

Fiji Dive Sites

North Save a Tack, Namena Reserve offers a diverse reef structure and steep reef wall. We descend to 30m (100ft) to watch for large pelagics. Schools of big eye jacks congregate here as do hundreds of unicorn fish and red tooth trigger fish. Continuing along the reef southwards we come to a pinnacle known as “Kansas” named for the likeness to the wheat fields of the US State, due to an abundance of golden leather corals. A wide variety of reef fish, anthias and gobies can be seen along with octopus and garden eels.

Wakaya Passage, Wakaya Island (Lomaiviti Group) – A wall dive with swim-throughs & overhangs covered with soft corals; another great spot to look out for manta rays and hammerhead sharks.

Grand Central Station, Namena Reserve – A delectable fish soup and another favourite of the Namena Reserve – with schools of barracuda, trevally, parrotfish, trigger fish. Colourful damsel fish hover over the corals in clusters whilst dog tooth tuna, Spanish mackerel, white tip and grey reef sharks patrol the reef edge.

Mellow Yellow, Bligh Waters – divers can expect to see grey reef sharks, schools of barracuda and plenty of turtles at this site in Bligh Waters. Whilst at night the lionfish, flatworms and shrimps are a delight.

The Nigali Passage, Gau Island, 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 18m / 60ft. hang out in the channel for most of the dive and watch the action then end your dive in the shallow lagoon as the channel ends. Also of note are the huge groupers that cruise about.

E6 – in Bligh Waters, starts at just 1m below the surface this large pinnacle drops to over 900m providing a wealth of hard and soft corals along with a cathedral like overhang adorned with gorgonian fans. Eagle rays and hammerheads are known to make an appearance; meanwhile amidst the colourful corals we spot numerous crustaceans and molluscs. We dive this site directly from the S/Y Fiji Siren.

Also dived during our 10-night itineraries:-

Great White Wall, Taveuni / Somosomo Strait A fantastic display of white and purple soft corals adorn this wall off Taveuni Island. The incoming currents bring nutrients that supply the corals and when the polyps open to feed creat a “bushy” effect and cover the entire area. Square spot anthias dart between the corals and a variety of gobies can be found.

Swirling Coconut, Taveuni / Somosomo Strait – Exhilarating fish filled drift dive in the Somosomo Strait with lush corals and schools of colourful reef fish. 2 central pinnacles allow the currents to swirl around feeding the purple soft corals and their attendant orange anthias. White tip sharks & juveniles can be seen.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Fiji Liveaboard Diving Itinerary

Fiji 10-nightsDeparting from the Darling family’s Volivoli Beach Resort on Viti Levu, our 7-night and 10-night liveaboard dive trips on the S/Y Fiji Siren take you through dives at Bligh Waters with stunning coral pinnacles which attract schooling pelagics including barracuda & tuna. We cruise onwards through the Vatu-I-Ra Passage to dive at the Namena Marine Reserve, where hard coral gardens support a myriad of marine species and schools of colourful reef fish. The S/Y Fiji Siren then moves south into the the Lomaiviti Island Group for dives at the islands of Gau and Wakaya. A mix of drift dives, coral gardens and pinnacles is to be expected, keeping on the look out for manta rays and hammerheads but also we see ribbon eels, leaf fish and numerous other smaller creatures. Grey reef sharks can be seen in schools at the mouth of the Nigali Passage. We have the option to return to the Namena Reserve or dive once again in Bligh Waters as the S/Y Fiji Siren cruises back to her home port at Volivoli.
10-night cruises will continue north-east to Taveuni Island and the Somosomo Strait, aka Rainbow Reef, so named for the swathes of colourful soft corals which adorn the reefs. Exhilarating drift dives are the norm. We also have the option to dive at Savusavu where there are numerous dive sites, with hard corals, reef sharks and plentiful fish life.

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