The Fiji BAD boys and girls
Our Staff: Who’s who and what they do!!
Silio Raqatima (Fiji, Lau Group)
Silio completed our Internship program in 2008 and became an official BAD Boy in 2009. Silio is a wizard behind the video camera and films all of our Shark Dive excursions. Recently he has passed the camera on and started to learn the skills required for the 30m feed.
Aceni Moce (Fiji, Kadavu)
Having spent many years plying the waters of the Mamanucas, Capt. Aceni headed down the Coral Coast to join us in Pacific Harbour in 2011. Aceni is one of our designated boat captains; one day we might just be able to convince him to give SCUBA a try and experience witnessing what our clients do every day.
Jone Bouwalu (Fiji, Lau Group)
Jone has the ocean in his blood. From a family of mariners, it is little surprise that Jone followed the same path. A highly experienced boat captain with many hours of piloting vessels throughout Fiji, Jone returned to Pacific Harbour and joined us in 2012. As a PADI certified diver, Whenever he gets the opportunity, Jone hops in the water for a quick dip at Shark Reef Marine Reserve.
‘Ben’ a former Mr Fiji bodybuilding champion is one of our in-house marine biologists. With degrees in Marine Sciences from Montpellier, France and USP in Suva; Ben really does know his stuff. Ben, along with Manoa, is an integral part of the SRMR research program. Responsibilities include data gathering on The Shark Dive, shark tissue sample collection for DNA work and running our bi-annual Great Fiji Shark Count program.
Manoa joined the team in mid-2013. Since earning his degree in Marine Biology from the USP, Manoa has been educating visitors to Fiji about its marine environment. Education and outreach are still a key part of his role with BAD, Manoa also works within the SRMR gathering data on the sharks that are present during the dive and collecting tissue samples for DNA work.
One of the latest additions to the team, ‘Wase’ is also from Galoa Village. After successfully completing his internship training in 2014, Wase earned himself a full-time position with the team. Possessing one of the widest smiles, Wase is hard to miss grinning away whilst assisting divers enjoying their time on our vessels Predator & Hunter.
Setaraki Mavoa (Fiji, Beqa Island)
‘Mavoa’ completed his internship along with Api in 2013 and joined the team in 2014. It was not difficult for Mavoa to fit in – after all he is Rusi’s son! Only time will tell if he can carry the mantle of being a feeder – things do look promising so far with Mavoa on the mid-water food bin and feeder safety diver.
Salesh Chand (Fiji, Navua)
Our ‘behind the scenes’ workhorse, Salesh performs many of the tasks that our clients do not see. From the maintenance of the dive base, vehicles and boats to ensuring our freezers are stocked with tuna heads for The Shark Dive. Salesh is an integral cog in the BAD wheel of operations, though not yet a diver; one day we will take Salesh to see first hand where all these tuna heads go!
Anaseini Ledua (Fiji, Lau Group)
Trying to find someone to help Nani with the administration side of BAD was no easy task; in time, we found the perfect candidate. It’s not simply that Ana has a degree in Economics from the USP and possesses the friendly Fijian charm of the islands; she is also Nani’s younger sister and knows what BAD is all about.
Nanise Ledua (Fiji, Lau Group)
‘Nani’ is our Front Desk Co-coordinator and Receptionist; for many of you, when you call us it will be Nani’s friendly voice on the other end of the phone. Taking care of business in the office and retail shop takes up most of her days, though when she gets the chance, Nani, can be found diving the blue waters of Beqa Lagoon and her favourite, The Shark Dive.
Andrew Cumming (U.K., Edinburgh)
As Beqa Adventure Divers’ Operations Manager, Andrew is responsible for the day to day running of the operation and keeping the wheels turning. Andrew joins the BAD Team in making Beqa Adventure Divers the premier diving destination in Fiji. Andrew is also an experienced PADI MSDT and is always on hand to offer advice and answer any questions that a diver may have.