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Scuba diving safari @ Brother islands, Daedalus reef, Elphinstone

Going on a scuba diving safari is different from how I used to dive in the past – stay in a hotel and make one or two dives on a daytrip. It means living on a boat for some days, standing up at a time I would call “in the middle of the night” and maybe getting so seasick that you have to sleep on the upper deck of the boat ;-) On the other hand it means having the chance to dive off-shore reefs and see a lot of big fish – and that’s what we’ve got!

Brother islands
- Grey reef sharks on several dives – unfortunately not close enough to take good pictures, but very impressive
- Ship wrecks of the Numidia and Aida
- Oceanic whitetip shark (“Longimanus”) during the descent

Daedalus reef
- Thresher shark on the first dive – very shy, but big and I swear it was starring at us
- Longimanus on almost every dive, very close, sometimes even three of them at the same time, usually at the end of the dive between 1 and 5 meters; all in all I was able to spend more than an hour with the Longimanus which allowed me to take some pretty good pictures and interact with the sharks
- Big shoal of about 15 hammerhead sharks in a depth of 50 meters

Elphinstone reef
- Lots of jewels grouper
- Shoals of barracudas
- Big Longimanus at the end of the last dive

Did I mention that we all had a lot of fun on board of the Golden Dolphin II and that our dive guides Matthias and Alba are the best in the world? :-P

Thank you very much to Peter Antoszkiewiez for taking great surface pictures! And to Gert Schnurrer for providing this video:

The video does not only show the Longimanus in action but also became a little “Making of” of my own photo series ;-) Enjoy!

- Bernd -

Our boat M/Y Golden Dolphin II anchoring in Port Ghalib (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Our boat M/Y Golden Dolphin II anchoring in Port Ghalib (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Jewels grouper in a colorful reef, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Jewels grouper in a colorful reef, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea turtle, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea turtle, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus with pilot fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus with pilot fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Napoleon at the Numidia wreck, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Napoleon at the Numidia wreck, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shy thresher shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shy thresher shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus approaching scuba divers, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus approaching scuba divers, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Barracudas, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Barracudas, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea cucumber, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea cucumber, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Descent to 50 meters, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Descent to 50 meters, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark with our dive guide Matthias, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark with our dive guide Matthias, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Scuba divers, dive guide Matthias and the boat crew (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Scuba divers, dive guide Matthias and the boat crew (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Sunset at the Daedalus reef (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Sunset at the Daedalus reef (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
 


Meet the bulls!

Bull shark - © pterantulaDear readers, did you ever feel like diving with a shark species that

“[...] may be more dangerous to humans than any other species of shark, and, along with tiger sharks and great white sharks, [they] are among the three shark species most likely to attack humans.”

?

Well, maybe you never felt like diving with sharks at all ;-) but if you`re a fan like us then you should go to Beqa Lagoon – the top spot on Fiji – and see their bull sharks (Quote above from the Wikipedia article). We`ve been diving there yesterday and had over 20 of them on one dive, big ones with a fat body but still so much faster and agile than you´d think. It was an overwhelming experience seeing those 10 feet (3 meters!) tall fish swimming around only a few meters away from you and the best thing was: We were in the open water, no glass between, no cage, nothing! It wouldn`t have been necessary as our dive guides were very experienced and equiped with metal bars to hold back sharks that would come too close.
Beside the bull sharks we had a lot of other species like whitetip, blacktip and grey reef sharks. You would be very lucky to face one of them on an ordinary dive but the bulls definitely stole them the show!
I do not yet have an underwater housing for my new DSLR camera so I can`t offer you pictures from the dives – sorry! But the bull shark on the picture (that has also been taken in Beqa Lagoon!) could be one of those we saw – thanks to pterantula for sharing the picture under Creative Common licence!

- Bernd -

P.S. For more pictures have a look at the gallery on the website of our tour operator, the Beqa Adventure Divers!