From a narrow perspective Nabucco Island's main
attraction is Nacha as the locals call it, which translates into something
like Big Fish Country.
At Nacha/Big Fish Country you dive down to about 26 metres preferably at
the height of the tidal current in the early morning along the eastern
wall of the Maratua atoll just in front of a deep entrance into the atoll
and then hang on for dear life waiting for stuff to happen.
After the first dive we complained at length because people were
hanging on to corals of all shapes and sizes. We were then issued a hook
so we could easily fasten ourselves to rocks and the like. But the
rewards were great though: Zebra sharks, white tip reef sharks, grey reef
sharks, spotted eagle rays, tuna and the greatest school of barracudas we
had ever seen.
Our dive guide Medi knew a thing or two about attracting barracudas at
least that was what he claimed. On one of our dives he kept swirling his
hook round and round and round. The blue horizon got darker and darker and
little by little it grew into a veritable tornado of barracudas. The top
of the school almost touched the surface and the bottom seemed to loose
itself in the depths. Barracudas were everywhere.
We left our safe haven at the edge of the reef and slowly dove towards the
school. It was totally unreal to hover but one meter from a wall of
barracudas that almost didn't care to move for a pair of tin cans like us.
It was just so impressive when the silvery predators slid into a formation
of a horizontal figure of 8 where we could see the school almost in 3D.
Of course, this dive was widely discussed afterwards.
Minimum bid was about 2,000 torpedo shaped predators.
Before we had our first dive at Big Fish Country we were warned not to bring
the uw video camera as our guide thought the currents would make it
impossible to hold still and, more seriously, it could constitute a safety
hazard. Of course, we obeyed though seen in the rear-view mirror we must
admit that if you've experienced (and survived) the sounds and belts of
Denmark on one of their more disobliging days you are reasonable well
prepared for whatever hardship other of the world's dive spots may have in
store for you.
We had a super dive at any rate: Six white tips and a grey reef shark, a
couple of big tunas, a large whitespotted eagle ray and a small school of
barracudas. Lene had positioned herself at the far end of the group and
became just a tiny bit nervous when one of the large white tips took a
particular interest in her so she thought, anyway.
The rest of us just rejoiced in this spectacle as the shark even in spite of
the stiff tidal current effortlessly swam back and forth to have a closer
look at us. I did get a sense of Lene's state of mind as she came hopping
along the rocky edge and settled down within arm's reach.
We spent a lot of time at Big Fish Country :-)