In June 2014 we stayed at the Papageno Resort Kadavu Island and took a 50 minute boat ride in a Fiji Islander 28 runabout to the northern end of Ono Island and the Great Astrolabe Reef. To swim with the Manta Rays we had to arrive at high tide. They swim towards the shore and can be seen in water about 5-7m deep. This was the highlight of our diving/snorkling experience. The rays swim calmly around you and can be followed and photographed with ease. The coral formations are very colourful and superb.
Following that we snorkelled and dived on other reefs selected by Papageno staff.
We had a picnic lunch on a Robinson Cruiso type island. A superb picnic basket was provided by the Papageno staff including climbing and selecting cocnuts to drink their water - so delicious!
The beaches also had superb coral formations to snorkel over.
The fishing on the way back was thrilling to say the least. A 4kg Emporer fish took all my strength to bring aboard.
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