Nov

14

Date: 14th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 28c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: Our last night at Beqa Lagoon, and i just had to get one last night dive in. This Night dive was a bit quieter than the others, as i explored the deeper coral reef sections, only to realize that the mucky shallows were the most productive. A cool moray eel came to check me out, and a nudibranch hung out on the seagrass. Overall a great time spent at Beqa Lagoon Resort.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

13

Date: 13th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 28c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: This was another really cool night dive. Lionfishm Painted Crayfish, flatworms, hermit crabs, anemone crabs, anemonefish, conefish, with the highlight being some type of stonefish or scrorpionfish right at the end.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

12

Date: 12th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty: Night Dive

Water Temp: 28c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: Before coming to Beqa Lagoon, i tried to research when the coral spawning occurred in the area. Although i found no conclusive dates, the full moon in November had just been…and parts of the the Great Barrier Reef spawn around this time. So i couldn’t leave Fiji without doing a night dive, and i’m glad i did. The coral wasnt spawning, and in fact it wasnt the coral reef that was the star of the night. It was the muck diving in the boat channel that turned up some very cool nocturnal species. Some very strange hermit crabs carried anemones on their shells, a slipper lobster scurried between the rocks, and a moray eel was curious of the light show. I found a number of different cryptic fish species, which i’m yet to identify..perhaps part of the scorpionfish family?? Overall i was very pleased with the quality of the night diving….right on the doorstep of the resort.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

11

Date: 11th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 28c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 23m

Details: The great thing about the Beqa Lagoon Resort is the house reef that has easy access from the dive shop, via the boating channel. Its only about 5-7m deep, but has lots of coral reef fish species, and a good diversity of coral, and few nudis. I decided to put the macro lens on and try to get a few fish portraits. At one stage i found some really impressive reef out at the point, where large schools of fish were active. The macro wasnt much good, but it made for a really cool little dive.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

8

Date: 8th November 2017

Conditions:

Visibilty:

Water Temp: 28c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 5m

Details: Shark Diving is always high on my list, and Beqa Lagoon in Fiji is known as the Shark diving capital of the World. I’d heard lots about Beqa Lagoon, but not until i started researching it, did i find that there are actually two different shark dives; “The Bistro” – which is the ‘well known’ shark dive, that is usually accessed from the mainland of Vitu Levu. And the lesser known dive site “The Cathedral”. “The Cathedral” was established by the Beqa Lagoon Resort on Beqa Island in about 2015, and now is one of the premier “Tiger Shark” dives in the world. At “The Bistro” the Bull Sharks are the star of the show with infrequent Tiger visitors, and since i’d planned our trip in Novemeber – when the Bull Sharks disperse to breed – i thought it might be a better option to dive with the Tigers. So we booked in with Beqa Lagoon Resort, and after a 1.5hour drive from Suva, and a 30 minute boat ride, we arrived at Beqa Island. It was late in the evening, and we settled into our beautiful bure. After unpacking, we ran the scuba gear down to the dive shop, and somehow i got talked into (it didnt take a lot of convincing) to doing a shore dive on the house reef, just to check my weighting with this tropical-water setup. This was a rare dive were i didnt take my camera, but i enjoyed exploring the coral reefs of the pretty house reef. It was exciting to see my first shark – a white-tipped reef shark – not something i was expecting on a shore dive. Bring on the Tigers!

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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