The Fiji Siren has been operating in Fijian waters since October 2013. I enjoyed a seven day cruise in the following month (voyage #4) and again early this year;16-26 January 2014 in hot summer weather and glass calm conditions - one of the most enjoyable live-aboard trips I have been on to date!
This short video provides both top down and underwater perspectives. The ten day trip route gave the opportunity to spend time at many of Fiji's best dives sites; offering everything from big fish and cetaceans through to macro critters. Areas such as Nigali, Namena and Rainbow Reef would be difficult to collectively cover from land-based operations; particularly during a ten day window where the nights are often used to travel from one location to the next. The comfort and convenience of this well run live-aboard provided excellent opportunities for photography and diverse underwater experiences. It’s a somewhat dreamlike feeling waking up in the morning to a new dive location and time passes all too quickly.
All footage was taken using the Fiji Siren live-aboard boat as a base. Video was shot with GoPro Hero3 - mainly under a quadcopter with both 3-axis and 2-axis brushless gimbals. No post stabilization used on the aerial footage. Stills (macro and wide) were shot with Nikon D7100 in a Nauticam housing with Ikelite DS160 strobes. All video processing was done using GoPro Studio 2. Still images were imported into GoPro Studio 2 after resizing and downscaling. Music by 3 Theory, ‘As We Go’.
More images at: http://underwaterdisplay.net/dive52/