The 2015 Fiji trip was a great one.
We started the trip on the island of Taveuni where we spent 7 nights at the Garden Island hotel.
As soon as we arrived we were informed there was a tropical cyclone headed our way and most likely we would be diving for several days. The first thing we asked after traveling for over 24hrs was; can we dive when we get to the hotel? They were so accommodating they organized a trip for 8 of us to take in two dives that afternoon. And they were amazing! The coral is bright and colorful with amazing variety, and so many fish!
The following day we managed to get in one more excellent dive before the seas turned too rough and we were brought back to shore.
Although there was a tropical cyclone in the area we had pretty mild days (with very rainy nights) so we had an opportunity to explore the island, we went down a natural water slide, horseback riding up to an old volcano, trekking waterfalls, and making a visit to a local village where they took us by boat over to some amazing waterfalls you can only get to by boat and then by swimming up to them! We then went to another village where they prepared a feast in our honor and did some local tribal dances for us. Truly some of the most beautiful sights we have seen! After the storm blew us out for 2 days we managed to get 3 more great days of diving with lots of stuff to see including mantas, hammerheads, White tip sharks, barracuda, and tons of cool macro life.
After departing Taveuni we took a plane over to Viti Levu where we stayed for a few more days. Here we relaxed, enjoyed the incredible spa, enjoyed a few tropical cocktails by the pool overlooking the beach, and with an abundance of restaurants and shops at the port of Denerau in Nadi we were not bored!
The highlights of this portion of the trip was the Beqa shark encounter. The shark dive started with gearing up and a short boat trip out to the site. Once you are there the dive instructors in charge give you the history of the shark encounter. They tell you all about the conservation efforts, how the local village benefits, the names of the sharks you see, and the importance of sharks to the oceans delicate ecosystem. Once the shark dive began it was thoroughly incredible. There were many sharks swimming around, between, and overhead. It was strange combination of an adrenaline rush and a truly spiritual experience.
After the shark dive we stopped at the Uprising, where we had a lovely lunch and could not stop talking about the amazing dives we just had.
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