My trip to Fiji from 5-15th October this year is fast approaching, with only four spots remaining for those that are interested in joining us. We will be spending ten nights at the secluded Matava Dive Resort on the island of Kadavu, in the country’s south west. Surrounded by dense forest, with organic gardens, a spa and views of the aquamarine Pacific Ocean, this is the prefect setting to relax and enjoy some great diving.
You may not realise how unique the marine life of Fiji actually is. There are over 1000 reef-associated fishes in Fiji and of these 24 are found nowhere else on the planet. I am particularly excited to see the endemic Marjorie’s fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus marjorie), which looks like a real stunner.
Of course we will also be looking for pygmy seahorses, I actually saw quite a few Severn’s pygmies in Fiji back in 2004, several years before they were scientifically described. I also heard from a friend recently that they had spotted the ‘Lembeh’ pygmy pipehorse, Kyonemichthys rumengani, in Fiji. Not only will we keep our eyes peeled for these little gems, but encounters with bigger animals such as mantas will hopefully also be on the cards!
I will be giving daily talks about the marine life that we’re seeing and explaining about their behaviours, where to looks for them and other fascinating facts. Learning more about the animals you see absolutely helps to get better pictures and lets you get more from your diving.
The cost of the trip is just $2399 per person, which includes accommodation in a traditional Ocean View Bure, all meals, 21 boat dives, unlimited shore dives at ‘Critter Junction’ (which is where you’ll find me on more than one occasion!) and even a welcome head and neck massage!
You can download the PDF below for details of the trip, and to share with your friends.
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Attachment: Dr Richard Smith Fiji Marine Life Expedition.pdf