Waidroka Wonders & Weather

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

The weather takes a turn for the worse, but the Waidroka staff still come up with some magic

Warren had a worried look on his face last night. The latest weather report was not great, with strong winds and large waves heading our way. All night the rain poured down and the palm trees bent over with the strong gusts. But this morning, it did not look so bad and so to our delight, we headed to Beqa Lagoon. This site is famous for its Bull Sharks and we really, really wanted to dive there! The water was a little green and the rain must have kept away many of the other divers, as the only boats at the site were ours, and Aqua-Trek 's, who run this shark feed and pioneered shark diving here some 20 years ago. We geared up and jumped in, hoping that, of the 9 species of shark you can see here, we would get some big female bull sharks coming up close to us.

Nick got a very close encounter, with the shark wranglers, who watch over the divers with large hooped poles to ward off any over friendly sharks, having to guide a big shark away from his camera lens. Whilst most of the divers stay behind a wall and watch the feed a couple of meters back from the bait boxes, we were given special permission to join the feeders and get in closer to the action. The Waidroka Bay Resort team had phoned ahead to put in this request for us (without us even asking) and it was fantastic to be able to see these huge predators up close.
After about 30 minutes, the dive, which is at around 18m in depth, comes to an end and we head back to the boat. The weather has taken a turn for the worst while we have been having fun with the sharks, and so we are not optimistic about the 2nd shark dive, and when we get in again, our fears are justified, as the visibility has worsened and it is now, not just green, but hard to see too. Quite rightly, the shark feeders are worried and call and end to the dive - they just cannot see far enough to do the dive safely. It is disappointing, but at least we got that first great dive. We popped in and dived a local reef on the way home. 
Alas, we have to move on again after one last evening here (which will be a Lovo & Kava night). The whole Waidroka team have been world class, from the award-winning chef, to the resort staff, boat captains and dive team. If you surf or dive - come and stay here - you will not be sorry! For a full write up about our time at Waidroka, keep an eye on the Scubaverse website over the next few days....

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

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