LED BY THE DYNAMIC DUO – Georgienne Bradley (Scientist, Writer & Producer) & Jay Ireland (Filmmaker & Photographer)
Central Fiji has the best diving, no doubt about it. This “NAI’A Triangle” of Lomaiviti, Bligh Water and Namena is the the cream of the crop, covering about 500 nautical miles. NAI’A has journeyed throughout Fiji, in all directions and to every corner of the country’s boundaries — and beyond. They have found beautiful sites and dramatic attractions in every region and are still explore new places. The central region has proved the most consistency in the quality and health of terrains, animals and conditions. Lomaiviti’s coral reefs and islands are Fiji’s most dynamic and varied: voracious sharks to vibrant soft corals.
Fiji’s coral reef system is a complex web of barrier reefs surrounding large lagoons and islands. Coral growth and fish action are most robust on those outer barrier reefs. Marine life is especially concentrated within the reef passages and channels that link the lagoons with the deep ocean. But the barrier reefs are remote and vast – a long way from shore bases – so only the best-equipped live-aboard diving vessels can access these locations. Much of the area remains uncharted and the dive sites untouched. All this makes NAI’A dive sites in the NAI’A Triangle largely exclusive. You are extremely unlikely to encounter another dive boat during a NAI’A trip — it will feel like your own private pristine Fiji.
A normal itinerary for a ten-day charter starts and ends in Lautoka, just north of Nadi, where the international airport is located. After an initial “checkout” dive on the afternoon of boarding, NAI’A heads north and east around the flank of the main island of Viti Levu to reach Bligh Water. Several different dive sites in Bligh Water are available including Vatu-i-ra, E6, Mt. Mutiny, and Cat’s Meow, depending on localized weather conditions. From there sites are chosen according to weather, tides, and passenger inclinations. Generally there is a visit to the islands and barrier reefs of Namena, Wakaya, and Gau. There will also be time to dive the various reefs in the Koro Sea, some of them near Namena and others near nowhere!
The NAI’A has dived Fiji’s finest reefs since 1993, under every imaginable set of circumstances. Importantly, they have kept good records. Many sites are current-dependent and detailed local knowledge is critical in order to maximize the number of good dives in the best spots. For that reason there is not a fixed itinerary. Instead each voyage is tailored to the tides and weather that week.
Ireland and Bradley will lead a fundraising trip for Sea Save Foundation aboard the luxury yacht, the M/V NAI’A, one of the world’s preeminent adventure dive operators, for a 10 Day cruise – March 3 -13, 2018 – A great part of the season for both calm water and marine life citings.
NAI’A has set new standards of live-aboard diving luxury in every way, especially in comfort and service. Designed by renowned marine architect, W. de Vries Lentsch, and built by skilled Dutch craftsmen, NAI’A was completely refitted in 1993 and again in 2000 and 2010 with the latest technology and facilities specific to the needs discerning dive travelers. This extremely spacious ship provides for 18 guests (maximum) with all the creature comforts of a quality land-based resort – including hot showers and cool staterooms – but with superior diving and a new view every day! NAI’A’s sophisticated sailing rig affords her the range, comfort and stability of a true expeditionary vessel. Her large, diver-savvy Fijian crew is world-famous for their dedicated service, kava-inspired music and can-do attitude that makes for great flexibility as well as a great time!
Cost per person on charter is $4,541 (see below for inclusions)
Fees & Taxes are $1,135
Sea Save Foundation administrative fee is $150
Total Cost Per Person- $5,826
Ground transportation to and from Nadi International Airport
10 Day Cruise with All Meals, including Beer ***(To be confirmed)
Divemaster Service; 10 Days of Action-Packed Diving with up to 5 dives per day (incl. Tanks & Weights) weather permitting.
Join Sea Save on this fabulous adventure while supporting ocean conservation! Proceeds benefit Sea Save Foundation, a 501(C)3 organization working to generate consciousness and encourage stewardship of natural ecosystems. Their campaigns protect our oceans by raising awareness, educating people about marine beauty and advocating change to resolve current challenges.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of our exciting Fiji expedition! Feel free to send an e-mail to Expeditions@SeaSave.org or call us at 310 458 0700 if you are ready to book your trip or if you have any questions.
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