Fiji Oct/Nov 2024

Fiji Oct/Nov 2024

Fiji Oct/Nov 2024

Fijian Exploration and Fantastic Diving aboard Nai’a

Choose between our two trips on Fiji’s Premier liveaboard

Join Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expedition in search of Fiji’s unique fishes

Fiji iconic Liveaboard adventure

Fijian exploration around the world famous Bligh Waters and beyond

Lau Group Exploration

Trip One: Bligh Waters – 10 nights
19-29th October 2024
Spaces Available
Trip Two: Special Lau Group Charter – 11 nights
29th October – 9th November 2024
Spaces Available

Wendy and Richard have had many connections with Fiji over the years.  Wendy lived in Fiji as a teenager and even learned to dive there. Richard has made several visits to the islands to dive, but also worked as a marine conservationist for a project based in the islands several years ago.
This time, with their charters of Nai’a they will be able to explore further afield and hunt for those elusive endemics and stunning reefs. They have chosen to dive with Nai’a, the nation’s most iconic and long-standing liveaboard. The first charter is a slightly longer 10 night trip out to the rarely visited and off the beaten path Lau Group with 57 islets to the east of Vitu Levu. The second, 9 night, trip will be more centrally based around the Bligh Waters and beyond. We’ll have any of Fiji’s endemic fishes on our radar. Particularly for Richard, Marjorie’s fairy wrasse and an undescribed syngnathid are musts!

 

 

TRIP ONE: Bligh Waters – 10 nights

Trip start: 19th October 2024

Trip end: 29th October 2024

Prices start from: US$ 6250

Availability: SPACES AVAILABLE 

Depart from: Nadi

Return to: Nadi

TRIP TWO: Special Lau Group Charter – 11 nights

Trip start: 29th October 2024

Trip end: 9th November 2024

Prices start from: US$ 5200

Availability: SPACES AVAILABLE 

Depart from: Nadi

Return to: Nadi

We have two fantastic itineraries aboard the Nai’a liveaboard.  The first trip, 10 nights, will take in the central islands and the world famous Bligh Water between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu over nine nights. The second, 11 nights long, will explore the Lau Group of Islands to the east of Viti Levu. These off the beaten path islands are very rarely visited and dived, so we will look forward to exploring them with the region’s most knowledgeable crew.  Both will of course have stunning reefs and fascinating indigenous species that we shall be hunting for.

 

Designed and built in Holland by the world’s finest steel ship craftsmen, NAI’A is 120ft long and 30ft wide with nine passenger staterooms and room for 14 crew. A solid expeditionary ship, she has the range and stability to sail the far reaches of the Pacific and has travelled from her base in Fiji to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Funafuti and the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati.

NAI’A has accommodation for 18 passengers in 9 air-conditioned staterooms with private ensuite heads. All the staterooms were entirely rebuilt in 2010 and are larger than those on most dive vessels with plenty of stowage for gear. They are bright, airy, and comfortable and have both 110v and 220v power.

Food & Beverages

Diving

Land tours

Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith

Transfers from Nadi Airport

 

Prices start from $5200 per person – please contact us for details

 

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!

Madeleine

Australia

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The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation

Martin

United Kingdom

Milne Bay PNG Feb/March 2023

Milne Bay PNG Feb/March 2023

Milne Bay PNG Feb/March 2023

Visit Papua New Guinea’s Unique Milne Bay

Join one of our three 10 night expeditions aboard Walindi Resort’s brand new MV Oceania

Join one of Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expeditions to this very special corner of Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay

Rare and unique animals and reefs in PNG’s Milne Bay
15 – 25th February 2023
FULL – Contact us for Waitlist
27th February – 9th March 2023
1 x Male Share – Contact us for Details
 
10 – 20th March 2023

 

1 x Cabin Available + 1 x Female Share – Contact us for Details
After years of trying to get back to Papua New Guinea’s fascinating Milne Bay, we have finally been able to plan two  very special charters aboard Walindi Resort’s brand new MV Oceania.  Many unique organisms make this area their home, including the Milne Bay walking shark (Hemiscyllium michaeli), Vanderloos Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus vanderloosi), Coleman’s pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus colemani – probably this species, or maybe a new one…) and Lacy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes).  We are so excited to be able to offer these trips,after many years of searching for the ideal trip for our guests.

 

* Although this is a remote location, recent updates in the airline routings have made it much more accessible than it used to be. Whilst you can easily fly through Australia, Wendy and Rich will be flying direct from Singapore to Port Moresby and connecting through on the short direct hop to Alotau. What’s more, Air Niugini who do this international/domestic flight give 45kg allowance for economy tickets if you are a diver!

 

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 15th February 2023

Trip end: 25th February 2023

Prices start from: US$ 5390

Availability: 1 x Cabin Available – Contact us for Details

Depart from: Alotau

Return to: Alotau

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 27th February 2023

Trip end: 9th March 2023

Prices start from: US$ 5390

Availability: 1 x Male Share – Contact us for information

Depart from: Alotau

Return to: Alotau

TRIP THREE

Trip start: 10th March 2023

Trip end: 20th March 2023

Prices start from: US$ 5390

Availability: 1 x Cabin Available – Contact us for Details

Depart from: Alotau

Return to: Alotau

We will be exploring the Greater Milne Bay area during these back to back trips. Since this was the birth place of ‘MuckDiving’, we will of course be doing some of these kinds of dives, whilst also diving the reefs where walking sharks and lacy rhinopias scorpionfish dwell. So few people live around this part of the world, and so few divers are able to dive it that the reefs are as they would have  been  decades ago.  This was the area where I spent time really watching pygmy seahorses and my PhD research questions came to me.
MV Oceania is the brand new vessel, completed in 2019, from the owners of PNG’s iconic Walindi Resort and MV Febrina. She can accommodate 16 guests in twin/double en suite accommodation.  There are 3 queen-bed cabins and 5 twin shares.

MV Oceania

Food & Beverages (complementary wine with dinner – otherwise alcohol is not included)
8.5 days of Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Return airport transfers
Light laundry 

Exclusions:
Nitrox
Environmental and safety fees $9 per person – per night.

Prices start from $5390 per person

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!

Madeleine

Australia

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Register your interest or join the waitlist

1 + 14 =

The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation

Martin

United Kingdom