Fiji July Phase – Week 3

The week started with a visit from 28 Americans on a 3 month sailing trip across the Pacific. It was nice having a very busy camp with lots of beach volleyball, scuba diving and a bbq. The Brits dominated on the volleyball court but the yanks were graceful losers and provided camp with plenty of meat for the bbq which was a very welcome treat! The visit ended with all of us visiting their amazing 112ft sailing yacht with a few of us attempting to do back flips off the bow, the majority failing but to the applause of the spectators.

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The rest of the week included completing my Advanced Open Water PADI course including deep, drift, PPB, Navigation and night diving. Concluding with a trip to Namena, a beautiful marine reserve. On the first dive we saw loads of white tip reef sharks and a massive Grey reef shark! An amazing experience which was awesome. I booked a shark feeding dive in Suva the very next day for when I finish my project in the hope of seeing more of these majestic creatures close up before I go home.

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After a snack break of peanut butter and oreos and bananas we completed a second dive along a huge wall teaming with hundreds of fish! The most memorable was being within a meter of a Green Turtle and swimming along side it!  At the end our instructor Chad told us to look down and 50meters below us we could see 3 sharks sleeping on the bottom! All in all a spectacular and unforgettable experience!

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