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Seths Dad
09/21/2015, 09:53 AM
Here is my first video of our dive trip to Fiji earlier this year. This is just anemones and not all of the ones we saw. I have over 3hrs of video to sort through. I am very much a novice at editing but I hope you enjoy. Watch it in 720P, it takes a while to load but makes a big difference.

http://youtu.be/zbNQUi_rgzI

coral102
09/21/2015, 10:24 AM
Nice video. Thanks for your sharing!!! ;)

stevenc1187
10/04/2015, 05:02 PM
Beautiful video

hogfanreefer
10/11/2015, 02:59 PM
Great video! Those nems were beautiful. Do those damsels use the nems for a host? They seemed to be around almost every one.

dg3147
10/11/2015, 03:39 PM
Trying to plan a dive trip --ideally on an island where we can have a couple other activities too. Ideas?

snorvich
10/12/2015, 04:40 AM
Trying to plan a dive trip --ideally on an island where we can have a couple other activities too. Ideas?

If you are a hard core diver, a liveaboard would be the best experience. If you want some diving and an otherwise amazing vacation, try Laucala (http://www.laucala.com/).

Seths Dad
10/12/2015, 08:45 AM
Great video! Those nems were beautiful. Do those damsels use the nems for a host? They seemed to be around almost every one.

Thanks. I'm not sure if the nems host them in the same way they do a clown fish but they definitely associate with them.

Seths Dad
10/12/2015, 09:23 AM
Trying to plan a dive trip --ideally on an island where we can have a couple other activities too. Ideas?

We flew into Savusavu on Vanua Levu Island and stayed at the Koro Sun resort . Their dive op (Namena Divers) is one of the few that go to Namena Island Marine Reserve and the only op that has access to the island itself, which was the highlight of the trip for us (more video to come). Savusavu is close to the resort (15-20 min) and has a nice marina where a lot of the yacht crowd anchor, some restaurants and stores. There are so many islands and resorts to choose from. Diving Namena was a priority for me so that was the main reason for choosing the Koro Sun. The diving right in front of the resort was also excellent. This was our first trip to Fiji so I can't comment on any other resorts. I looked at a lot of youtube. Fiji is exactly what it's billed as, an exotic south pacific paradise!

Seths Dad
10/12/2015, 09:36 AM
If you are a hard core diver, a liveaboard would be the best experience. If you want some diving and an otherwise amazing vacation, try Laucala (http://www.laucala.com/).

Wow, Laucala looks awesome....out of my price range, but awesome.

Grandlotus
10/12/2015, 09:25 PM
Can not wait to view your footage!

Must have been amazing!

ryanr1212
10/16/2015, 03:42 PM
I went to fiji two years ago and it was the best diving I've ever experienced. I dove on the Tui Tai. Dove 3 times a day, did some night dives. It was incredible. Want to go back as soon as I can

Seths Dad
10/16/2015, 04:42 PM
I went to fiji two years ago and it was the best diving I've ever experienced. I dove on the Tui Tai. Dove 3 times a day, did some night dives. It was incredible. Want to go back as soon as I can

I definitely want to go back. My wife wouldn't go for a live aboard but I think I would bounce around to a couple of different islands next time. I would really like to stay on Namena a couple of days. We only had 1 day there but it was awesome.

Seths Dad
10/28/2015, 02:47 PM
Here is another video from Fiji. These are sites that the dive op did not want to take us to, but because of the wind it was our only option. After 3 days of being landlocked from wind we were ready to go. What they thought was sub-par diving was awesome to us. Hope the link works.

http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=f_UY97J9gEE&u=/watch%3Fv%3DgP4Av_-5dPM%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner

indyjaco
10/28/2015, 05:57 PM
Looks great. We are looking to go to Taveuni next spring.

ace_92101
10/28/2015, 09:57 PM
Fiji has some world class diving. Dove there years ago and loved it.

Seths Dad
10/29/2015, 10:19 AM
Looks great. We are looking to go to Taveuni next spring.

We would have stayed on Taveuni but none of the dive ops go to Namena from there and that was a priority for me.

Seths Dad
10/29/2015, 10:37 AM
Now we're getting to the good stuff. 2 of these sites are right in front of the Koro Sun resort where we stayed. The wind finally died down enough so we could get there. Namena is next!

http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=cwAwtV2N4yw&u=/watch%3Fv%3DoZRIx8K9gdg%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner

Seths Dad
11/03/2015, 02:36 PM
I don't think the link for the second video worked so here is another link to try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZRIx8K9gdg

Deinonych
11/03/2015, 05:39 PM
We would have stayed on Taveuni but none of the dive ops go to Namena from there and that was a priority for me.

That's good to know...did not realize that. We were looking seriously at Taveuni, but will need to reconsider now. Namena is a must for me as well.

Amazing footage, BTW.

hogfanreefer
11/03/2015, 10:00 PM
Breathtaking video! I've got to go there one day!

Seths Dad
11/04/2015, 08:47 AM
That's good to know...did not realize that. We were looking seriously at Taveuni, but will need to reconsider now. Namena is a must for me as well.

Amazing footage, BTW.

You could stay a night or 2 on Namena and the rest on Taveuni. The bure's on Namena are on the top of the island overlooking the reef and have an amazing view. They are not fancy and may not have AC (don't remember) but the diving, view and beach are awesome. Or a couple of nights at the Koro Sun and dive with Namena Divers located at the Koro Sun. They do a day trip to Namena with lunch on the Island and a kava ceremony in the afternoon before heading back to the resort, again awesome! No other op has access to the island, they have a dive shop on Namena also. I actually wish we had split our trip between a couple of different islands. Namena video is coming.

Seths Dad
11/04/2015, 08:54 AM
Breathtaking video! I've got to go there one day!

Thanks. I would definitely recommend it.

Deinonych
11/04/2015, 07:43 PM
You could stay a night or 2 on Namena and the rest on Taveuni. The bure's on Namena are on the top of the island overlooking the reef and have an amazing view. They are not fancy and may not have AC (don't remember) but the diving, view and beach are awesome. Or a couple of nights at the Koro Sun and dive with Namena Divers located at the Koro Sun. They do a day trip to Namena with lunch on the Island and a kava ceremony in the afternoon before heading back to the resort, again awesome! No other op has access to the island, they have a dive shop on Namena also. I actually wish we had split our trip between a couple of different islands. Namena video is coming.

Thanks for the recommendation. We will likely stay on Vanua Levu, as the wife is not too keen on bures without A/C. Looks like a number of the dive ops out of Savusavu do trips to Namena Preserve. I don't need to have access to Namena Island as long as I can dive the Preserve.

Seths Dad
11/04/2015, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. We will likely stay on Vanua Levu, as the wife is not too keen on bures without A/C. Looks like a number of the dive ops out of Savusavu do trips to Namena Preserve. I don't need to have access to Namena Island as long as I can dive the Preserve.

I understand the no AC thing. I'm fond of it myself. You will love the diving.

Deftones2015
11/05/2015, 06:57 PM
Those videos are amazing! I bet it's hard to leave...

dg3147
11/05/2015, 07:51 PM
Thinking about going in end of Jan/early Feb....but not sure if the weather is prohibitively rainy then.

Seths Dad
11/05/2015, 11:08 PM
It is the rainy season then but I'm not sure how bad it actually gets. Check for rainfall history, should give you an idea. We went the first of June and had 2-3 days of rain and lots of wind.

dg3147
11/25/2015, 01:24 PM
Think of staying at Namena Island Resort for 3 nights and maybe somewhere else the rest of the time...any ideas? How would I arrange travel from Namena to the next site?

Seths Dad
11/25/2015, 02:14 PM
Think of staying at Namena Island Resort for 3 nights and maybe somewhere else the rest of the time...any ideas? How would I arrange travel from Namena to the next site?

To and from Namena is by boat only from Savusavu. To get to other islands would probably be by plane from Savusavu. We stayed at the Koro Sun resort outside of Savusavu and really liked it but if you need a beach they do not have one. There is good diving right in front of the Koro Sun. I would really like to stay on Taveuni island a few nights the next time we go. I really can't recommend a resort but there are several. I would call Namena more of an island getaway than a resort. There are only 3 bure's and what I would call a club house where they serve food and drinks. The beach on the back side of Namena is exactly what you expect in Fiji it's awesome!! It's very possible you could have the entire island to yourself. I hope to have the first video of Namena done this weekend.

Seths Dad
12/31/2015, 03:22 PM
Another video from my Fiji trip. This is from the Namena marine reserve. HD is best!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH9TrmZQIwo

woodnaquanut
01/02/2016, 01:00 PM
Another video from my Fiji trip. This is from the Namena marine reserve. HD is best!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH9TrmZQIwo

Fantastic.

Too bad there aren't any Anthius to be seen! J/K

The schools of fish at about 4:30 blow me away!!

Seths Dad
01/03/2016, 11:24 AM
Fantastic.

Too bad there aren't any Anthius to be seen! J/K

The schools of fish at about 4:30 blow me away!!

It was really hard to pick out the different kinds of anthias because of the overwhelming numbers. They were constantly on the move. There is also a lot of Midas blennies mixed in the schools of anthias.

Jexster66
01/19/2016, 11:40 PM
Beqa Island is my favorite place, but anywhere in Fiji is amazing. The people are awesome and the diving is fantastic. The hardest part of my trip was deciding what I wanted to do more dive or the land activities. Your videos are stunning! Thanks for posting them.

Seths Dad
01/20/2016, 08:44 AM
Beqa Island is my favorite place, but anywhere in Fiji is amazing. The people are awesome and the diving is fantastic. The hardest part of my trip was deciding what I wanted to do more dive or the land activities. Your videos are stunning! Thanks for posting them.

It was really hard to choose where to go, there are so many options. The next time we go I hope to visit several islands, Beqa being one of them.