We arrived at Volivoli Beach Resort
last night, being chased as we headed north by a storm front that brought plenty of very heavy rain. We were greeted here by the staff as if we were long lost friends and shown to our room that has an amazing view of the sea (and weather). The dive shop here, Ra Divers, whilst dubious we would be diving in the morning, said they would do their very best to get us out. So we were delighted to be told at breakfast that we would be treated to a day on and under the water, and that we would also be able to get in three dives.
The storm was still getting closer, and the conditions were not what you can usually expect here, with reduced visibility and some swell, but we were just happy to be diving. We were not disappointed either, with the reef in healthy condition and crammed with orange soft corals that lend their name to the dives sites, such as Golden Dream.
For the first two dives of the day, we were the only divers on the boat. Our dive guide, Solo, slowly surveyed the reef and is an excellent spotter, finding all manner of nudibranchs, flatworms and ghost pipefish to name but a few. It is hard to chose between wide angle and macro for these dives, as the swim throughs and walls of the pinnacles are covered in sea fans and soft corals, including huge white broccoli corals. On each dive, we descended to around 20 meters and then spiralled our way up to the tops at 5m, which are covered in numerous hard corals which shelter hundreds of orange and pink anthias. This is a perfect place to spend your safety stop..
We have everything crossed that the weather front turns and does not whip up the seas here too badly and that we get another chance to dive the reefs (or wrecks) here in the morning. If we do get to jump in, it will be our last day of diving here in Fiji - and we will certainly miss the amazing corals and criitters, and indeed, the warm & friendly people here. Today we leave you with a shot of Nick Darling, one of the family who own and run this great resort. Nice smile "Captain"