It might have been the Cava last night, but today had a slow start. The boat was off picking up new guests, and so the diving was not due to start until 11am. However, this turned out to be fortuitous, as we found ourselves needing to get ready to teach an open water diver, in addition to our day of diving! The instructor here had injured himself and could not dive, and we stepped in to help out. it was going to be a busy day.
In addition to this, the weather had turned against us, with a heavy storm in the night and the threat of more rain. So we were confined to the inner reefs for our two dives. These did not, however, disappoint. Once again, Fiji proved its coral credentials, with hard and soft corals a plenty. Both dives, even with the lack of sunshine, were gorgeous. The Matava
dive crew were happy for us to spend as long as we wanted hanging out in the shallow water to take photos of the abundant marine life.
After a late lunch, we then had the task of teaching open water for the first time in a while. We headed out to the house reef, with our new student, Josh, and setup our gear on a private beach lined with palm trees. We soon had him swimming around looking at all the juvenille fish in the sea grass and small coral bommies that lined the sandy sea bed we had chosen as our first site. It was great to have an excited new diver in the group over dinner. Tomorrow we will finish his training dives, so that he has the rest of the week to enjoy the diving here for himself.
So how better to finish off with a Christmas tree, on a snow capped mountain, with flakes of snow gently falling all around :)