Underwater Engagement in Paradise

Log Entry

By: Robert Weeks
Buddy: Suzanne
Photography by: Robert Weeks
Date: May 18, 1994
Dive No: 859
Location: “Coral Gardens”, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Depth: 45 ft
Visibility: 60 ft
Conditions: Scattered clouds, rough seas.

First day of sun and we will be diving a Garden: this is the moment. As I prepare for the day's diving, I put the small clam shell in my bathing suit pocket.

As we suit up for the second dive of the day, I again check to make sure the clam shell is secure and not crushed by the weight belt. Suzanne, the dive master and I descend to the bottom of coral rubble and scattered coral heads. We start to roam between the coral heads.

Diver image underwater Fiji

 

As I find one subject to photograph, my buddy is off to find another. After initially looking very barren, we start to find a menagerie of nudibranchs, sponges and small fish. There is a rainbow of softcorals: pink, yellow, red and purple.

Scallop

 

 

We find a "smiling" scallop with bright blue lips imbedded in hard coral.

FijiReef Underwater

 

 

 

We find another coral head with a school of 8 to 10 fire fish.

Handing Suzanne a Shell

 

 

 

 

About 45 minutes into the dive, I motion to Suzanne to come over. I hand her the shell and she gives me a look of "what am I supposed to do with this."

Engagement Ring in Shell

 

 

Then as the shell opens slightly and the sun glistens off the gold and diamond she begins to understand.

Putting Ring on Suzanne's Finger Underwater in Fiji

 

 

 

With wide-eyed amazement and joy she opens it the rest of the way and pulls out the ring.

After I put the ring on her finger, I sign "I Love You."
We finish the dive hand in hand.