Scuba diving with bull sharks in Fiji

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you saw a bull shark? How about 45 of them? A couple of weeks ago I visited Beqa Lagoon on the southern part of the main island, Viti Levu, to go diving with bull sharks. You need to have an advanced open water certification to do the dives since they go down to 30m. Out of my 100+ dives, diving with these magnificent creatures has definitely been some of the best dives I’ve done. This place is not only giving divers an experience of a life time, but they also work hard to protect the sharks and the marine life in the area. To read more about the amazing work happening in Beqa Lagoon, checkout this article from ABC.

Hideaway Island in Vanuatu

In the South Pacific, 3 hours from Brisbane, is the island nation Vanuatu. It consists of 80 or so islands so you’re bound to find one you like. 10 minutes from the international airport in the capital Port Vila is Mele bay. From here, it takes only a few minutes to get over to Hideaway Island. Here are my top 5 things to do while staying at Hideaway Island: 1. Go for a snorkel. Several times a day. Every day. The whole island is basically a big beach. You can go from bed to ocean in less than a minute and the snorkelling is pretty good! In conservation efforts the islands has created coral plantations where you’ll always find a few fishies hiding. Don’t be surprised if you spot an octopus or a cuttlefish. 2. Scuba dive until you can’t dive no more The island offers great diving, and many different dive sites within just 10 minutes from the island. There are two different wrecks and a spot called Gotham City where you can spot the white tip sharks early in the morning. The site is named after a big school of batfish that sometimes hangs around. 3. Watch the fireshow […]

Underwater post office

Ever wanted to post a card from the bottom of the South Pacific? There’s actually a place where you can do that. The place is called Hideaway Island and can be found 10 minutes from Port Vila, Vanuatu. And yes, it actually made it all the way to Sweden – it took approximately 2 weeks. You can read more about it here.

Diving USAT Liberty

This is definitely the most accessible wreck dive I’ve ever done. A short walk down to the shore and then a short swim and then you’re there. It’s a pretty big wreck and lots to see. It has a pretty interesting background story as well – it was torpedoed, then pulled up on the beach and then it slid down in the water again from the tremors from a volcano eruption. It’s a great dive for both beginners and advanced divers, with some swim-throughs and a lot of spaces to explore. There’s also plenty of life here as you can see in the video; turtles, napoleons, triggerfish, pufferfish. Being such an accessible dive spot it can get very crowded – so get there early in the morning to avoid the big crowds coming from the southern parts of the island.

Open Water Dive Course

Dive certification: check! I did my course at the Navy Pier in Exmouth, which is supposed to be one of the top 10 shore dives in the world. And I can understand why! The biggest highlight was a gruesome looking 3 meter long grey nurse shark.