We were on our honeymoon when we met the team from Nautilus and Leanne asked ‘has anybody ever wanted to jump off the back of a boat but hasn’t tried it yet?’ Of course Michael instantly jumped at the idea, dragging his new bride along! But the second we got wet, we were hooked! Our introductory dive took us to Twin Bommies which has become our loving friend, spending many hours exploring the reefs and playing with the fishes.
As soon as we arrived back at Nautilus, we booked our open water diving course. After studying our theory (over cocktails by the pool at our resort), Sonja (the middle one) was able to teach us many skills while we enjoyed the crystal clear waters of Port Vila.
After we got our open water ticket (see us celebrating in pic), we enjoyed a number of great dives including the Konada Wreck, where we discovered the loo, the wheelhouse and stopped for a cuppa tea on the wheelhouse roof.
We enjoyed our diving so much, we returned to Vanuatu the following year and went on more than 10 dives with our friends at Nautilus (with our instructors Lucy, Drew and the always helpful captain Freddy – see pics).
How can you beat two beautiful dives with 20 metre + visibility with homemade cakes in between (see pic of instructor Lucy and friend below).
Some of the highlights of our dives include: scaling the wall and going under the staghorn at Twin Bommies; the phenomenal wrecks of Semle Federsen, Star of Russia and Konanda; and the amazing viz and colours of the tropical reefs and sea life.
We’ve already booked our third trip in less than 2 years and our mission this trip is to do a night dive to see the turtles!