All Aboard the Fiji Siren

  • By Caroline And Nick Robertson-Brown
  • 17 Dec, 2016

We get a tour of the Fiji Siren from Ops Manager, Simon Doughty

With the weather only getting worse today, and no diving to do, we were stuck for something to occupy us. Simon Doughty, Operations Manager, stepped in and went above and beyond, to take us out to Fiji Siren in the pouring rain and to give us a tour of this magnificent liveaboard. She is in "cyclone mode" and so all her sails and soft furnishings and the like are all safely stowed away, but even with these precautions in place, she is a sight to behold. Mo drove over one of the tenders to the shore at Volivoli Beach Resort to pick us up. 
S/Y Fiji Siren was built in October 2013 and can take up to 16 guests in 8 rooms. It runs either 7 or 10 day itineraries, selecting the best from over 60 sites around the Fijian islands. Since the devastating cyclone earlier in the year, it was a relief to hear that very few of the sites has had significant damage, and only a handful have been crossed the itinerary. Divers can expect to do up to 4 dives per day, with 3-5 night dives during the trip. Underwater photographers have plenty of space to rinse, store and charge all their equipment, which we were pleased to see. There is a large TV in the lounge, where divers can chill, or where uw photographers can review their images and, on guided trips, have workshops. 
With the merger of Worldwide Dive and Sail and Blue O Two, the Fiji Siren is now part of one of the leading live-aboard companies, with a huge amount of experience and knowledge within these combined teams.
Divers going on Siren are greeted at the Volivoli resort, where paperwork and initial briefings take place. Once on-board, each diver has their own dive station, where all their gear can be stowed away. Nitrox is included in the package, in fact, the only items not included are dive computers & lights. Aside from dive gear, again, almost everything is included, and so you will only pay for bottles of wine, cocktails and massages. The team, if given advance notice, will also provide a personal service with your own dive guide, individual boat rides to the reef and someone to carry all your gear. for a very reasonable price.

With 13 staff, including dive guides, chefs, boat handlers, captain, masseuse, engineers to the 16 guests, you will certainly feel well looked after.
Here are some images on sunnier days of S/Y Fiji Siren our on the glorious Fijian reefs. We would have loved to have had the time to go out on a trip with her and the excellent team. So this is one more thing to come back to Fiji for!

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The winner is .... Geoff Stedman from Australia

Congratulations - your book will be on its way to you very soon.

If you did not win, then fear not, all our books are available on our website here and at all good book shops. 
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If you want to know more then pop along to the SSI / Mares stand at 2pm on either the Saturday or Sunday.
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